21st Century Learning and the 4Cs; Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, and Creativity (Grades K-12)

Course Outline Summary

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21st Century Skills


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As the world economy shifts away from manufacturing jobs and towards more creative jobs, there’s a consensus among parents, educators, politicians and business leaders that it is crucial students complete their K-12 education with the ability to identify and solve complex problems, think critically about information, work effectively in teams and communicate clearly about their thinking.

In the course, teachers will gain insight into the 21st Century skills and their relevance to education today. Shifts in the world including the proliferation of technological resources and information will be highlighted, as well as the skills students today will be expected to have in the workforce will be explored. While there are some unknowns about what tomorrow’s work will require, we know that significant shifts from past educational practices will be critical.

This course will explore practical teaching strategies to integrate 21stCentury Skills and more specifically Critical Thinking & Problem-Solving, Collaboration, Communication, and Creativity & Innovation into classroom units and lessons.

Teachers will learn about the research base and innovations in each area, including, but not limited to, Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy, Webb’s Depth of Knowledge and Costa’s Levels of Questioning, using sentence starters, frames, and signal words in communication, explicitly teaching speaking and listening skills in addition to reading and writing, incorporating technology in the classroom, project-based learning, and more.

The following course has been divided in the following modules:

1: 21st Century Skills and the 4Cs – Making it Happen
2: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
3: Communication
4: Collaboration
5: Creativity and Innovation


  • I would recommend this course because it pushed my thinking and instruction as a teacher in ways which I have already seen improvement even prior to completing the course. Most information was interesting and engaging.

    Amanda A. Reply
  • I have never seen a course with such a unique perspective as it examines the skills our students will need in the future.

    Christina M. Reply
  • I would recommend this course to a colleague! I think that this course has allowed me to expand upon my thinking and has allowed me to feel empowered about my ability to teach my students to think beyond!

    Fani B. Reply
  • These classes are very convenient because we can work at our own pace and from the comfort of our own home. Also, they are very informative and provide great resources that I can share with my colleagues.

    Alex A., Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Reply
  • I love how you could work at your own pace. I learned just as much from this course as I would have if I were sitting in a room listening to a professor. As a busy mom with 2 kids in two different schools and working full time, my minutes are very valuable. It is very difficult to find quality PD for a good price and easily fits into my life.

    Shonna P., Michigan Reply

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