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David Ross is a global education consultant and former CEO of the Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21). Follow him on Twitter: @DavidPBLRoss

The Future of Work Fits Some Employees and Students to a ‘T’

Employees with T-shaped skill sets are in demand. Schools and colleges can evolve instructional practices and course design to help graduates develop T-shaped skill sets.
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Can Learning Be Both Powerful and Boring?

By: David Ross A couple of weeks ago, I opened the door to my new classroom and faced a line of sixth...
The Lure of the Classroom

The Lure of the Classroom

In 1994 I made what many of my colleagues considered a foolish choice: I quit a successful career in journalism to...

Developing Skills for School, Work and Life Requires a Systematic Approach

Current research demonstrates that all learners develop college and career skills in a wave pattern that ebbs and flows, but constantly pushes forward to higher levels of expertise. David Ross explores this and other skill development models.

Selective Attention Span Shapes the Length of Effective Instructional Experiences

Widely accepted claims about the decreasing attention span of learners may not be justified by current research. That research examines the nature of attention and creates new models for how we can better adapt instruction to maximize learning. Short instructional sequences such as micro-credentials and nano degrees fit into what should be a full spectrum of learning opportunities.

OECD Learning Compass 2030 Provides Teachers, Students, and Employers with Milestones for Workforce Success

OECD Future of Education and Skills 2030 used inputs from policy makers, researchers, school leaders, teachers and students from around the world to create Learning Compass 2030, which aims to build a common understanding of the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values students need in the 21st century. We analyze the report and provide guidance on how this will impact teaching and learning for the next decade.

Space Education Allows Students To Dream Big

We are a few weeks away from the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s historic moon walk. Celebrate the event by engaging your students in projects, lessons, activities and field trips focused on space exploration.