Guiding Principles

Standards, Frameworks, Research, etc. 

ISTE’s NETS*S (National Educational Technology Standards for Students)

Leadership in technology is best illustrated by ISTE's creation of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), first published in 1998. ISTE is now leading the creation of the next generation of NETS. In 1998, it was enough to define what students needed to know about and be able to do with technology. Now, we're defining what students need to know and be able to do with technology to learn effectively and live productively in a rapidly changing digital world.
•    —Don Knezek, ISTE CEO, 2007


                    * National Educational Technology Standards
                    * NETS•S Student Profiles (PDF 629 KB)
                    * NETS•S Essential Conditions (PDF 43 KB)

* Creativity and Innovation
* Communication and Collaboration
* Research and Information Fluency
* Critical thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
* Digital Citizenship
* Technology Operations and Concepts

Partnership for 21st Century Skills
Serve as a catalyst to position 21st century skills at the center of US K-12 education by building collaborative partnerships among education, business, community and government leaders

Every child in American needs 21st century knowledge and skills to succeed as effective citizens, workers and leaders in the 21st century.

There is a profound gap between the knowledge and skills most students learn in school and the knowledge and skills they need in typical 21st century communities and workplaces.

To successfully face rigorous higher education coursework, career challenges and a globally competitive workforce, U.S. schools must align classroom environments with real world environments by infusing 21st century skills.

This skills set includes:
    * Information and communication skills (information and media literacy skills; communication skills)
    * Thinking and problem-solving (critical thinking and systems thinking; problem identification, formulation and solution; creativity and intellectual curiosity)
    * Interpersonal and self-direction skills (interpersonal and collaborative skills; self-direction; accountability and adaptability; social responsibility)
    * Global awareness
    * Financial, economic and business literacy, and developing entrepreneurial skills to enhance workplace productivity and career options
    * Civic literacy

enGauge 21st Century Skills

ACOT2: Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow- Today
Six Design Principles of the 21st Century High School
•    1.  Understanding of 21st Century Skills and Outcomes
•    2.  Relevant and Applied Curriculum
•    3.  Informative Assessments
•    4.  Culture of Innovation and Creativity
•    5.  Social and Emotional Connections with Students
•    6.  Ubiquitous Access to Technology