P21 Research Series on 4Cs Illuminate Classroom Interventions to Boost Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Collaboration

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Developed by researchers at University of Connecticut, this research series from P21 provides guidance for educators and policymakers about research-backed practices for embedding 4Cs in the classroom as well as information about ongoing research on 4Cs interventions, assessments and recommendations for implementation.

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“We know educators are eager for proven methodologies to engage students and bring the 4Cs to life in the classroom,” said Dr. Helen Soulé, P21 executive director.

Today P21, the leading organization bringing together business, education, and policymakers around the common goal of 21st century readiness, in collaboration with research partners at the University of Connecticut, has just released a series of research briefs on key aspects of conceptualizing, developing, and assessing each of the 4Cs of Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity. The briefs outline key research findings, and best practices about embedding 4Cs into practice in classrooms and beyond to boost 21st century learning acquisition.

Intended as a guiding tool for both education practitioners as well as policymakers, the 4Cs Research Briefs provide plain-language descriptions of current research in practice, successful interventions, assessments, recommendations, and more. The series is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Ronald Thorpe, the CEO and president of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

“Our goal with these research briefs was to determine what we really know about helping students develop these critical skills, and the good news is that the research base on enhancing students’ 21st century competencies is rich and thriving,” said Jonathan Plucker, Neag School of Education professor of educational leadership at the University of Connecticut, and leading author of the 4Cs Research Brief Series. “Though more research is needed in certain areas, we found considerable evidence of strong conceptual, intervention, and assessment work that can guide our efforts to foster creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication in our children.”

“We know educators are eager for proven methodologies to engage students and bring the 4Cs to life in the classroom,” said Dr. Helen Soulé, P21 executive director. “These briefs provide insight into what the research tells us about best 4Cs practices and will inform and inspire educators so that more students are able to reap the benefits of a 21st century learning experience.”

Available online at http://www.P21.org/4CsResearch, this free resource includes perspectives from experts in the field, including P21 members and exemplary schools and districts around the country. All four briefs include an annotated bibliography for each skill area and a list of additional resources.

Learn more at: http://www.P21.org/4CsResearch

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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 is a catalyst organization uniting 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. Learn more at http://www.p21.org and @P21Learning

P21 Members: American Camp Association, American Federation of Teachers, Apple Inc., Asia Society, Bahcesehir K-12 Schools, Cable Impacts Foundation, Common Sense Media, Crayola, Destination Imagination, Duck Learning, EF Education First, Education Networks of America, First Five Years Fund, Fisher-Price, Ford Motor Company Fund, Future Problem Solving Program International, Gale Cengage Learning, Goddard Systems Inc., Intel Corporation, Learning.com, LEGO Education, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, National Education Association, PBS, Pearson, People to People International, Playworld Inc., Project Management Institute Educational Foundation, VIF International Education, and The Walt Disney Company

P21 Leadership States: Arizona, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin

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