What is the Illinois Consortium for 21st Century Schools?
- Teachers, parents, community leaders, school administrators, business executives, citizens…collaborating with a single aim—to create new models of schooling that prepare all students for deeper learning.
- Foundations, business partners, the educational community and the public –working together to provide leadership for influencing and resources for the 21st Century learning agenda in Illinois and across the nations.
- An affiliate of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.
- A 501 C 3 not-for-profit organization
Why the Consortium?
Many national groups advocate for 21st Century Skills and other needed curriculum, assessment and leadership reforms. Among these are the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P-21), EdLeadership 21 and Edutopia. Illinois 21 is unique with its focus evidence based instruction as its starting place for the goal of deeper learning. No other organization follows all of these best practices in its collaborative work with preK-12 schools, districts and other educational organizations. Thus, IlC21 provides ground floor “how-to” services for creating 21s Century Schools that put theory into high-quality practice with the aim of enabling a school’s transformation from the obsolete factory model. to an innovative, deeper learning think-tank and maker-place for all its students.
Its unique features include:
- Enriched Project Based Learning built on evidence-based instructional practices identified by Hattie and Marzano.
- Evidence-based professional learning through which teachers become creators of new curricula and assessment.and facilitators of deeper learning outcomes.
- Reliance on highquality standards and expectations for school change that explicitly includes P21’s 4Cs aimed to deeper learning outcomes aligned with state and national standards.
- Technology integrated to advance learning in a blended model.
- Culturally responsive instruction intentionally including all students and celebrate their diverse cultures
- A theory of action designed to replace the factory school with a new model that celebrates and extends cognitive growth for all.
For a dramatic and visual look at 21st Century schools and why they need a comprehensive makeover, watch this video and listen to Sir Ken Robinson’s explanation.