Help your students develop the skills they need for tomorrow

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Students around the world need advanced skills to succeed in the globalized, knowledge based world of today. 21st Century Learning Design, or 21CLD, professional development helps teachers redesign their existing lessons and learning activities to build students’ 21st century skills. It can be linked to your national or local curriculum standards. The program is based on rubrics developed and tested internationally for the Innovative Teaching and Learning (ITL) Research project.

IMG_1148 The 21CLD rubrics help educators identify and understand the opportunities that learning activities give students to build 21st century skills. A learning activity is any task that students do as part of their school related work. It can be an exercise that students complete in one class period or an extended project that takes place both in and outside of school. The 21CLD rubrics incorporate a research-based methodology for coding learning activities to ensure you are embedding 21st century skills in your teaching practices. The 21CLD Rubric for Student Work provides a framework to assess students’ development of 21st century skills.

‘‘21st century skills mean I know when my young people leave me, they will be in the best position to achieve embrace current and future skills to successfully develop our future generation’’

Scott Wieprecht
MEE Teacher

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21 CLD Learning Activity Rubrics ›

21 CLD Student Work Rubrics ›

See example learning activities
Educators from around the world have submitted learning activities they have used in their classroom that exhibit strong 21st century skills in practice: see examples


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21st Century Learning Design professional development can be used in conjunction with the
Partners in Learning School Research. The School Research measures innovative teaching and 21CLD supports teachers adoption of innovative teaching practices.                                              

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