21st Century Skill Building
What are the 21st Century Skills?
21st Century Skills
|Digital Age Literacy -
|Basic, Scientific, and Technological Literacy:
These are no longer limited only to reading, writing, and arithmetic,
but now include reading critically, writing persuasively, and thinking and
Visual and Information Literacy: Students need good visualization
skills to interpret visual information and communicate using imagery.
Literacy and Global Awareness:
Globalization of commerce and trade results in the need for cultural literacy.
There is a greater need for knowing, understanding, and appreciating other
|Inventive Thinking -
|Adaptability/Managing Complexity and
Self-Direction: Individuals must become self-directed
learners who can analyze and adapt to new conditions as they arise and respond
to these changes independently.
Curiosity, Creativity, and Risk-Taking: Curiosity
fuels lifelong learning and contributes to quality of life. Risk-taking is
necessary to make leaps in discoveries and learning.
Higher-Order Thinking and Sound Reasoning: Students must learn
how to think creatively, solve problems, and plan, design, execute and evaluate
|Effective Communication -
Social and Personal Skills
|Teaming and Collaboration: The
complexity of today’s world requires a high degree of specialization by
decision makers, who must then team with other specialists to accomplish
Personal and Social Responsibility: Emerging
technologies often present ethical dilemmas. Students must grasp this
responsibility and contribute as informed citizens.
Interactive Communication: Students must
understand how to communicate using technology and its associated problems such
as scheduling over time zones and language issues.
Florida Labor Market Information
The Hanover Research reports also states that: “In
addition to these essential skills, aptitude with technology is a new “basic”
for those who live in the 21st century. Students must be able to use
technology effectively, which means better equipping schools to ensure equal
“The Connecticut Plan,” Developed by the Connecticut
State Department of Education, identifies the three concepts of engagement, 21st century learning, and
rigor, as essential to student success. The first element, engagement, connects students to
learning and provides a foundation for student achievement and development of
lifelong learners. The following five components are directly related to high
quality student engagement in the context of high school reform:
- Provide an Individual Success
Plan for every student
- Require a Capstone Experience for
- Implement best intervention
- Place greater attention on an
expanded range (grades 6 -14)
- Expand external partnerships
century skills must be immersed in the traditional academic curriculum
standards to provide students with the ability to locate, analyze, interpret,
and communicate information. Characteristics such as leadership, collaboration,
social responsibility, and adaptability to change are essential to competing in
and contributing to the global economy and society of the 21st
rigor challenges students to achieve beyond their expectations and develop
a deep understanding of the curriculum content.”
Hanover Research-District Administration Practice (Aug 2011). “A Crosswalk of 21st Century Skills”
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are key elements in an innovation economy.
These disciplines are foundational to the continued growth of high-skill,
high-wage industries in Florida and they offer numerous career opportunities
for Florida’s citizens.
the first state to develop a state-specific list of the occupations that define
STEM. Developing a Florida-specific definition of STEM occupations supports the
strategic economic development priorities of the state and assists our education
partners in preparing the talent needed to grow STEM industries. Click on the
link below to view Florida’s STEM occupations.