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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

New Skills Framework Shaped by Vast Data Set on Job Requirements

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The New Foundational Skills of the Digital Economy recently released a report with data analysis provided by Burning Glass Technologies. The data set is driven from keywords in more than 150 million unique U.S. job postings, dating back to 2007. Recognizing these skills as essential learning outcomes for the 21st century, it frames a path to success for students and graduates as they transition to the future of work.

Developing 21st Century Skills and Content Knowledge Through Dance

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David Ross explores how dance experiences assist children in cultivating the 21st-century skills of creative thinking, collaboration, communication, global awareness, and self-direction.

Place-Based Education Anchors Learning in the Community

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David Ross explains how in Place-Based Education the nature of a place determines the culture of the classroom to an extraordinary degree.

No-Collar Jobs Offer Schools Chance to Create Mashups of Academics and Vocations

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David Ross explains how no-collar and new collar opportunities do not require a four-year degree, rather vocational training, certifications and the right mix of in-demand skill sets.

Critical Thinking – a Critical Skill in School and for the Future of Work

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By: David Ross. We need to do a better job of developing critical thinking skills for learners and workers. David Ross asks, are we using the same label to describe a different set of skills?

Mapping 21st-Century Skills to SEL Competencies

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The relationship between Socio-Emotional Competencies and 21st-Century Skills has been uppermost on my mind lately because of a series of key...

Envisioning the Future of Education and Jobs

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The new edition of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Trends Shaping Education report was presented at the Education World Forum by the organization’s education director, Andreas Schleicher. According to David Ross, "it should come as no surprise that the survey results revealed a yawning gap between the world of work students can imagine today and what economic projections suggest will be the reality in the near future."

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