21st Century Learning

Mary McLeod Bethune Strategic Vision,
2013-2018 

Executive Summary 

The future will not be multiple choice! Today’s students will work into the latter part of the 21st century, past 2050! The jobs of the future haven’t yet been created! The future will be ruled by the innovators, the patient and creative problem solvers. The new global economy requires innovative thinkers who can apply content area knowledge, communicate with confidence, collaborate with a variety of people across disciplines & networks, and create new products, new services, and new businesses. Automated work will either be done by machines or outsourced to other countries. The world needs more creative folks. We need innovators!  

Innovation is the gateway to the future. We believe that three pillars hold some tremendous promise for our students: Design Thinking, Project-based Learning, and the Integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.  

Design Thinking is a creative problem-solving process used by some of the most innovative companies in the world. Project-based learning involves engaging students in a real-world, interdisciplinary challenge that requires students to think critically, communicate, create, and collaborate in small teams. Finally, project-based learning provides a unique platform for us to integrate science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. California will have the most STEM-related jobs in the country over the next ten years and we want to equip our students to compete for those jobs.  

Beyond talent, resiliency, perseverance, and grit are key habits of mind in the 21st century. We believe in educating the whole child. This means helping our children develop their thinking, their academic understanding, and their social and emotional interactions. We know that certain social and emotional capabilities are particularly important: Self Awareness, Self-Regulation, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision Making. None of this learning happens without significant relationships, among students, among the adults in our community, and between the school and the larger community.  

Preparing students to live, and to live well, in the 21st Century will require a community effort. We invite you to join us on this journey to create the next generation of innovators. Explore our website, ask questions, and get connected!