New Resource From P21 Empowers Parents to Help Kids Thrive in the 21st Century

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Today, P21, the Partnership for 21st Century Learning, released a free online resource for parents to help prepare kids for the future of citizenship, learning and the workforce.

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The Parents' Guide to 21st Century Learning and Citizenship provides tips, strategies, knowledge and real world examples to help explain why 21st century learning and citizenship are important for success

(April 8, 2015) Today, P21, the Partnership for 21st Century Learning, released a free online resource for parents to help prepare kids for the future of citizenship, learning and the workforce. National PTA served as a family engagement advisor for the project.

"We are excited to share P21's first resource for parents and families," said Dr. Lizabeth Fogel, P21 citizenship taskforce chair and director of education with the Walt Disney Company. "The Parents' Guide to 21st Century Learning and Citizenship provides tips, strategies, knowledge and real world examples to help explain why 21st century learning and citizenship are important for success."

To be successful today, students must be civically and digitally literate, globally competent and proficient in the 4Cs-critical thinking and problem solving; communication; collaboration; and creativity and innovation. Yet, according to recent data on civics education and global citizenship, more than one third of 12th grade students scored below basic in civics and fewer than one third reported they use their learning for real-world problem solving.

Education today takes place both inside and outside the classroom. The Parents' Guide to 21st Century Learning and Citizenship reinforces the idea that preparing children for 21st century learning and citizenship is a team effort-at home, at school, within the community and throughout the day.

"National PTA is pleased to collaborate with P21 and bring the Parents' Guide to 21st Century Learning and Citizenship to families nationwide to empower them with tools to support the development of 21st century skills and 21st century citizenship among youth," said Otha Thornton, president of National PTA. "Today's workplace requires employees to think on their feet, make decisions and solve problems. It is essential that our nation's youth are prepared with the critical thinking and reasoning skills necessary to excel in their studies and the workforce in order to thrive in a global economy."

The Parents' Guide-which includes an overview document, tip sheet and real-world examples-will support parents and communities as they prepare young people to be productive citizens, and ensure they have the skills, knowledge and mindsets they need to be successful in college, career and life. Free download available at http://www.P21.org/Parents.
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P21 recognizes that all learners need educational experiences in school and beyond, from cradle to career, to build knowledge and skills for success in a globally and digitally interconnected world. Representing over 5 million members of the global workforce, P21 unites business, government and education leaders from the U.S. and abroad to advance evidence-based education policy and practice and to make innovative teaching and learning a reality for all. For more information connect with us at http://www.p21.org and @P21Learning.

National PTA served as a family engagement adviser on this project. The overall purpose of National PTA is to make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. For more information about National PTA, visit http://www.PTA.org.

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