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New report calls for integrating 21st century skills in MA school curriculum

Thursday, October 07, 2010

At an event this morning, the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy released a new report that is the first to capture school and district leaders’ views on the hotly debated topic of so-called, “21st century skills”. These are skills such as critical thinking, communication, technology literacy, collaboration, and creativity, which many argue are necessary for success in the 21st century. (A complete list of the skills appears on page 10 of the report).

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New report provides clarity around what 21st century skills look like

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

WHAT: The Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy will release a new report, funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, that gives voice to key education stakeholders who have not been part of the public debate about 21st century skills and provides clarity about what teaching and learning in classrooms that incorporate 21st century skills looks like. In order to better understand the skills and knowledge administrators believe are most important for their students’ future success, the Rennie Center conducted a statewide survey of 155 district leaders and 375 principals. Survey responses are highlighted in the report along with findings from interviews with superintendents in 9 Massachusetts districts, 1 charter school leader, 12 principals and 47 educators in 12 schools – all of which have made the integration of 21st century skills a priority. These interviews provide clarity about district, school and teacher approaches for infusing 21st century skills into teaching and learning. Based on the survey and interview findings, the Rennie Center presents considerations for state policymakers and school and district leaders.

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THE NELLIE MAE EDUCATION FOUNDATION WELCOMES LUCAS ORWIG

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF) has hired Lucas Orwig as a Program Associate.  NMEF is the largest philanthropy in New England devoted exclusively to education.

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