The Communicator on 21st Century Learning | February 2020

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Spotlight on Equity

The Intersection of Equity and 21st Century Learning

Learning organizations today remain challenged to achieve that very elusive goal of equity—providing all students with high-quality learning experiences. With the growing need for deeper learning, essential to thrive among the profound changes occurring in our world, the promise of equity for all students is not simply a worthy goal, it’s an imperative. It must be a reality.
Read more from our CEO Dr. Karen Garza

Diversity & Equity in 21st Century Learning

Karen Garza and Stephen Chang, from The National Equity Project, discuss the important role equity, diversity, and inclusion play in realizing 21st century learning for every student.

Listen Now to Episode 4 of our Podcast

Dare To Lead™

May 12–13, 2020 | Columbus, Ohio
We're excited to host a Dare to Lead™ Certificate Program, based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. Focus on developing courage-building skills to move from armored leadership to daring leadership.

Learn More and Register

We’re 20 years into the 21st century.

But far too many students are still receiving a 20th century education.

That’s why we are publishing The State of 21st Century Learning: Are We There Yet? 

This report will include landscape shifts impacting our children’s future; a look back at defining milestones; highlights of school systems leading this transformation; examples of related state policy; key priorities to accelerate 21st century education; and specific calls to action for educators, school system leaders, community members, and policy makers.

The Luminaries by Battelle for Kids recognizes, celebrates, and highlights school systems bringing 21st century learning to life for their students.

Please visit the FAQ for a brief definition of each of these components, or review the Application Preview or  Who Should Apply for more detailed information.

Apply by March 27
Session: 21st Century Education: Are We There Yet? | February 15, 2020
Our session will explore where educational systems are 20 years into the 21st century. The world is dramatically changing at an increasingly rapid pace which has significant implications for the kind of educational experience our students need to compete and thrive in this global economy. Participants will explore research findings and will participate in interactive discussions with superintendents leading this work in their respective districts.

Karen Garza, Battelle for Kids
Michael McCormick, Val Verde Unified School District, CA

Stop by our exhibitor booth #223 to meet our team!


New Podcast: A Conversation with Michael McCormick

In Episode 5 of our podcast EdSpark21, Michael McCormick, superintendent at Val Verde Unified School District, talks about how their Portrait of a Graduate became the North Star they follow to realize a 21st century education for every student in their district.

LISTEN NOW: A Conversation with Michael McCormick

Catch up on our latest episodes.

A Conversation with Tony Wagner

Battelle for Kids CEO Dr. Karen Garza talks with Tony Wagner, Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute and author of Most Likely to SucceedThe Global Achievement Gap, and  Learning by Heart (April 2020).

Listen in as they discuss Accountability 2.0, the need for 21st century learning for every student, and the risks of not advocating for and making real changes in our education systems.

LISTEN NOW: A Conversation with Tony Wagner

A Conversation with Talisa Dixon

Listen in as Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon discusses her anticipation of the upcoming community engagement and visioning process Columbus City Schools will be undertaking as part of developing their Portrait of a Graduate.

LISTEN NOW: A Conversation with Talisa Dixon

Save These Dates

EdLeader21 Annual Event


The Annual Event marks the largest gathering of the network’s 220+ members, bringing together like-minded education leaders from across the country to network, share ideas, learn from each other, and plan for the future. Learn more.

National Forum to Advance Rural Education


We're excited to partner with the National Rural Education Association to bring together a diverse community of leaders in rural education from across the country to learn and collaborate. Together, we can elevate the voice of rural districts and empower educators to make 21st century learning a reality for every rural student. Learn more.


Want to learn more about advancing 21st century education?

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