Many of you are familiar with the four C’s of the 21st-century learning framework: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity. But step back for a second and remember why you teach students in the first place--so they can be successful adults who contribute to society and thrive while pursuing a fulfilling career. This is why we add to our list of 21st-century learning skills a fifth C: career readiness.

Career readiness can be engrained into the teaching and learning landscape in many ways. Educators across the nation are latching on to project-based learning (PBL) as an effective teaching method...

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  • About the Author:

    Dr. Genevra Walters is the superintendent of the Kankakee School District in Kankakee, IL. Follow her on Twitter @walters_genevra.

    Dr. Nicole DeVries is the administrative coordinator for teaching and learning at Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Follow her on Twitter @nicscud.

    Jamie Harbin is a PreK-6 grade STEM teacher at B.B. Comer Elementary School in Sylacauga, AL. Follow her on Twitter @jsharbin1.