The Future Ready Framework

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

21st Century Skills/Deeper Learning

Curriculum, instruction, and assessment are based on clear expectations that all students will leave the education system well staged for college acceptance or for alternative paths to workplace readiness. These expectations mandate solid grounding in standards-based content, but also intentionally integrate elements of deeper learning, such as critical thinking, creativity and innovation, and self-direction; as well as providing opportunities for authentic learning in the context of today’s digital society.
Investigating (0-3) Envisioning (4-5) Planning (6-7) Staging (8-10)
District leaders familiarize themselves and staff with new state learning standards and with research-based principles and strategies for 21st Century skills/deeper learning. Attention is given to the assessment of these skills as well. 21st Century skills/ deeper learning outcomes are explicitly referenced and defined in the district's vision of the college and career ready student. Guidance documents and templates for curricula based on these standards are developed. Instructional leaders formally integrate 21st Century skills/deeper learning into all curriculum documents. District leaders develop explicit plans for building the capacity of the system to develop 21st Century skills/deeper learning skills in students. In addition, they develop plans for assessing these skills/ outcomes on an equal footing with content skills. District leaders communicate new expectations for college and career readiness that incorporate 21st Century skills/deeper learning. They begin awareness trainings to orient educators to new curricular scope and sequences, guides to 21st Century skills/deeper learning, and upcoming series of associated professional development. They pilot programs that incorporate the new vision for learning.