Partnership for 21st Century Skills - Our state was one of the first states to join this initiative. You can find out more about it on the link for P21 Cyber Summit link.

A Blueprint for Reform: The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act - This document from the US Department of Education was published in March 2010.
  • 45 pages long - PDF format
  • Details the Federal government's plans to reform education -
    1. College & Career Ready
    2. Great Teachers and Leaders in every school
    3. Equity & Opportunity for all students
    4. Raise the Bar and Reward Excellence (teaching & learning)
    5. Promote Innovation & Continuous Improvement

The NEW National Education Technology Plan was released Nov. 9, 2010

Common Core State Standards - This initiative is a collaborative effort by the State Governors' Association and Council of Chief Sate School Officers. The goal is to develop standards for learning that can be used in all states. An initiative started by Michelle Rhee the former Chancelor of the Washington, DC schools. "Under her leadership, the worst performing school district in the country became the only major city system to see double-digit growth in both their state reading and state math scores in seventh, eighth and tenth grades over three years."
  • The site encourages participation of educators, parents, students, and others to get involved in helping the nation's schools to become more focused on what is best for STUDENTS.

American Association of School Librarians - From 2007 - 2009 the AASL developed three resources which included guidelines from P21 and the National Education Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S). They can be found on the AASL website.
  • Standards for the 21st Century Learner
  • Standards for the 21st Century Learner in Action
  • Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs
Together, these three resources make up the "Learning For Life" initiative.