New Film Series Documents the Role of 21st Century Skills in Classrooms

06 July 2012

Three new EdLeader21 and Pearson Foundation films explore the role that critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity have on student learning

San Diego, CA – Today, EdLeader21 and the Pearson Foundation are releasing a collection of three short films that focus on the importance of 21st century skills and the potential impact that the four C’s—critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity—can have across the education community.

The first film, The Role of Leaders in 21st Century Education, documents the importance and need for school leaders to embrace and integrate 21st century skills, rethinking the traditional roles of educators and administrators.

In the second film, The Four C’s: Making 21st Century Education Happen, educational leaders share their perceptions of the ways in which 21st century skills help prepare students for college or a career. In the process, these leaders help document the value of educator collaboration, benefits of genuine student engagement, and the resulting learning outcomes of these classroom approaches.

The third film, Assessing the Four C’s: The Power of Rubricsexplores the deliberate efforts that school districts have made to employ rubrics to assess 21st century student outcomes. These rubrics help teachers specifically define each of the 4 C’s and make these skills and their mastery more transparent to students and parents.

“For the past decade we have been talking about the need for 21st century skills,” said EdLeader21 CEO Ken Kay. “However, there has been very little focus on what schools and school districts need to do to make this happen. We now have concrete examples of schools, leaders and educators that have committed to implementing the 4C’s and can point to positive learning outcomes as a result of their efforts.”

“These films showcase the important role 21st century skills play in the classroom,” said Pearson Foundation President and CEO Mark Nieker. “The schools and educators who have shared their stories help document the ways in which these skills can be effectively integrated and implemented in school and in local communities.”

The featured school districts whose approaches are presented within The Four C’s: Making 21st Century Education Happen have joined more than 80 other districts and organizations in a professional learning community of leaders called EdLeader21. Those interested in learning more about the collective work of EdLeader21, or in potentially joining its community of practice, are encouraged to review the information available at

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Media Contact:

Stacey Finkel, Pearson Foundation, (703) 304-1377,

About EdLeader21

EdLeader21 is the nation’s first professional learning community focused specifically on supporting 21st century education leaders. Our mission is to empower education leaders to implement 21st century school and district initiatives. EdLeader21 members represent nearly 90 schools and districts in over 28 states across the country.

About the Pearson Foundation

The Pearson Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that aims to make a difference by promoting literacy, learning and great teaching. The Pearson Foundation collaborates with leading businesses, nonprofits and education experts to share good practice; foster innovation; and find workable solutions to the educational disadvantages facing young people and adults across the globe. More information on the Pearson Foundation can be found at