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Partnership for 21st Century Skills and National Council for the Social Studies Create Framework for Integrating 21st Century Skills into Social Studies Curriculum

Posted Jul 17, 2008
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The Partnership for 21st Century Skills and National Council for the Social Studies have announced the release of the 21st Century Skills and Social Studies Map, the first of its kind to be released. The map demonstrates how the integration of 21st century skills into social studies supports teaching and prepares students to become effective and productive citizens in the 21st century.


Suggested lesson plans allow teachers to easily integrate the map into their curriculum and provide their students with a well-rounded educational experience to best prepare them for the 21st century. The map also cites specific student outcomes and provides project models that will result in enhanced student achievement in grades four, eight, and 12.


The social studies map is the first in a series of core content maps designed for educators, administrators and policymakers. Other maps will be available for mathematics, English, geography and science throughout 2008 and 2009. All of the Partnership's resources are freely available at


The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is the leading advocacy organization focused on infusing 21st century skills into education. The organization brings together the business community, education leaders, and policymakers to define a powerful vision for 21st century education to ensure every child's success as citizens and workers in the 21st century. The Partnership encourages schools, districts, and states to advocate for the infusion of 21st century skills into education and provides tools and resources to help facilitate and drive change.


21st Century Skills Leadership States include Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.


Partnership for 21st Century Skills member organizations include Adobe Systems, Inc., American Association of School Librarians, Apple, ASCD, AT&T, Atomic Learning, Blackboard, Inc., Cable in the Classroom, Cengage Learning, Cisco Systems, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Davis Publications, Dell, Inc., Discovery Education, Education Networks of America, Education Testing Service, EF Education, Ford Motor Company Fund, Giant Campus, Hewlett Packard, Intel Foundation, JA Worldwide, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, LEGO Group, Lenovo, Measured Progress, Microsoft Corporation, National Education Association, Oracle Education Foundation, Pearson, PolyVision, SAP, Sesame Workshop, Texas Instruments, THINKronize, Verizon, and Wireless Generation.

Source: Partnership for 21st Century Skills,

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