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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