Arizona education leaders will be working on a new resource guide to help teachers implement the state’s new standards, she said.

Poplin advised ed-tech supporters to maximize technology’s potential by making technology an integral part of planning, implementation, and professional development.  Reaching across states, schools, and districts will help ensure that technology is part of those “executive teams,” she said, and using technology to support key areas will help in 21st century skills implementation.

As the 21st-century skills movement continues to grow, a key challenge for state and local education leaders “will be trying to figure out how to measure engagement, creativity, and critical thinking,” said Intel’s Johnson. “That’s a challenge that currently faces the world, and there are lots of conversations that countries around the world are having–how do we build those types of assessments, and build them back into educational support systems?”

As education leaders grapple with these questions, one state that could serve as a resource is West Virginia, which has worked to create rich, authentic classroom assessments that seek to measure these skills.

The project, called “Assessing 21st Century Skills through Relevant and Engaging Content Applications,” designed standards-focused, project-based learning units for teachers of English, math, science, and social studies that include opportunities to develop and assess 21st-century skills. ??

“As we work to incorporate 21st-century skills into rigorous core courses, we must also develop assessment practices that measure what students need to know and do in today’s world,” said Steven Paine, West Virginia’s superintendent of schools. “I am proud of our program model and hope it serves as a shining example as other states work to develop state tests.”

P21’s Cyber Summit led up to a National Education Summit on 21st-Century Skills, which took place June 11-12 in Washington, D.C. At the national summit, West Virginia was one of seven states to be recognized for their leadership in the 21st-century skills movement; the others were Iowa, Kansas, Maine, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.

Links:

Partnership for 21st Century Skills

Archived P21 Virtual Summit webinars

P21 YouTube videos