Imagine that you wanted to prepare someone to be a successful basketball coach, so you asked the best coaches and players in the NBA to tell you what they believe makes them successful.
Thats what James Bellanca, CEO of International Renewal Institute, and Ron Brandt, former publications editor at ASCD, did for 21st century learning skills in their book. Howard Gardner, Linda Darling-Hammond, Richard and Rebecca DuFour, Jay McTighe, Alan November, Douglas Reeves, Andy Hargreaves and a dozen other renowned leaders in education give their perspective on what students will need and what educators must do to prepare students for the future.
The surprise for me was the ability of the editors to pull together such a diverse group of strongly opinionated educational leaders and yet end up with a relatively coherent conceptual framework and collection of skills.
The curriculum and instruction leader in my former school district is using this book as the focus for a professional learning community with administrators serving as discussion leaders at monthly sessions. That sounds like a great way to model and grow from this rich source of contemporary thinking.
—Bob Schultz, instructor, Brandman University, California, for Principal, May 2011