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How 21st Century Learning Fits Into The Common Core

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At a time when many teachers and parents (and students!) can feel overwhelmed by the seeming overabundance of standardized tests and educational standards more generally, it falls to the teacher to help the students and parents understand how all of this fits into the larger picture of what students will need to know and be able to do to be successful in the future. This means helping them understand how educational standards fit into 21st century learning, a concept that to many seems contradictory.

The handy infographic below takes a look at how the common core standards can be pathways to success in the 21st century (though obviously they are not the only path, just a part of it).

The left side of the poster with the blue background explores six 21st century skills that teachers are helping students develop through their teaching with the standards.

On The right side of the poster with the orange-ish background you’ll find three skills that employers identify as the most important for career success in the 21st century.

Below, you’ll find the accompanying evidence sheet, which is designed for teachers to use when discussing the common core standards with parents. Think of it as a cheat sheet of useful notes for a presentation! The handy poster and evidence sheet were designed to be printed and used – so if you’d like the best quality pdf to do just that, click here! Please note that there are different versions for each state, so select the appropriate one before printing!

21st Century Skills Taught via CCSS

The CCSS teach students to be:

  • Innovative problem solvers
  • Investigative explorers
  • Creative communicators
  • Versatile readers
  • Critical thinkers
  • Resourceful learners

Must-Have 21st Century College and Career Skills

As identified by employers:

  • Adaptive problem solving: Approach problems in creative ways
  • Collaborative communication: Express yourself effectively and work with people around the globe
  • Digital fluency: Tech-savvy workers who use tech and digital media skills daily


This post appeared on Edudemic on August 17 2014 and was written by Katie Lepi.