When seeking to prepare an entire generation of learners for the 21st-century workforce, how do you go about creating a framework for learning that serves as a general guide rather than a rigid list of items to check off?
Upon grappling with this question, Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) arrived at a strategy aligned with their values: You seek out a large sampling of voices from across communities and across industries. They gathered input from educators, parents, learners, and business leaders into the conversation about how to prepare learners for the future of work, and an insightful framework emerged. The P21 Framework not only includes learner outcomes but also the supports needed to develop them. After multiple iterations over the last decade, the P21 Framework has become an empowering guide for educators and learning environments around the nation and world to transform their environments to meet the needs of the 21st century. The P21 Framework guides all of P21’s robust work in research, advocacy, and resource development.