21st Century Skills

21st Century Skills

According to the US Department of Labor, 65% of today’s grade school students will end up with jobs that haven’t been invented yet. How do we prepare our children for the world of tomorrow?

This list of the essential 21st Century Skills and Capabilities is a result of hundreds of interviews with executives of leading corporations led by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. It is in line with the ‘New Vision Collaborative’ initiative represented by leading school heads and college presidents.   They called these skills The New Survival Skills our children will need to succeed in the world of tomorrow.  Using our STEAM SEL approach, we nurture and develop these skills in children from the young age.

Curiosity and Imagination  
• Imagine alternatives
• Initiate new ideas
• Solve new problems that don’t have rule-based solutions

Critical Thinking and Problem-solving

  • • Analyze and create ideas and knowledge
  • • Use trial and error; devise and test solutions to problems
  • • Develop cross-disciplinary knowledge and perspectives
  • • Use knowledge and creativity to solve “real-world” problems that don’t have rule-based solutions

Collaboration and Leading by Influence

  • • Build trust, resolve conflicts, and provide support for others
  • • Collaborate sensitively and productively with people of varied backgrounds
  • • Teach, coach, share the credit
  • • Facilitate group discussions, build consensus, and negotiate outcomes

Self-Discovery, Agility and Adaptability

  • • Explore and experiment
  • • View failure as an opportunity to learn, and acknowledge that innovation involves small successes and frequent mistakes
  • • Cultivate an independence of spirit to explore new roles and ideas

Confidence and Effective Communication

  • • Understand and express ideas
  • • Listen attentively, speak effectively, write clearly and concisely
  • • Explain information and compellingly persuade others of its implications

Global Perspective

  • • Develop open-mindedness regarding the values and traditions of others
  • • Leverage social and cultural differences to create new ideas and achieve success
  • • Develop social and emotional skills to navigate effectively across cultures
  • • Use technology to connect with people and events globally

Digital and Quantitative Literacy

  • • Understand, use, and apply digital technologies
  • • Understand traditional and emerging topics in math, science, and technology
  • • Use multimedia resources to communicate ideas effectively in a variety of formats

Perseverance and Grit

Empathy and Appreciation