An Integrated Approach to Teaching 21st Century Skills
Grounded in Project-Based Learning and Real-World Problem Solving
We all know that today’s children will enter a very different workforce. To succeed and thrive, they need to master the 21st century skillset. Happily, we teach it here at Workspace.
Next-Gen workers will need to be agile, practiced in decision-making, and have a growth mindset. Four core skills — Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical thinking – will be essential for anyone who aspires to become a leader or change agent in the coming economy.
21CISM is a proprietary curriculum at Workspace Education that will rocket Workspace Kids to the top as they enter the college and career markets. The power of 21CI is integration. Our students apply foundational literacies, leverage technologies, and tap into internal and external networks to solve real-world problems.
21CI Students Are:
- INTERNALLY MOTIVATED by solving real-world problems of their choosing,
- RIGOROUSLY CHALLENGED through the pursuit of interdisciplinary solutions,
- PRACTICALLY INFORMED through first-hand knowledge from industry experts,
- TACTICALLY EQUIPPED through the application of new technologies,
- COMFORTABLY INTERDEPENDENT through regular role-driven project-based learning,
- and CONTINUOUSLY ENGAGED because it’s fun, hands on, real, and impactful.
Plastics Recycling Brought In-House
Our 21CI high school students had a desire to participate in the recycling industry and produce filament for Workspace’s 3D printers. With the engineering design thinking model as their guide, our students found a shredder machine design online, prototyped the parts, and identified a local manufacturer to source the final build materials.
They created a pitch deck and presented the idea to the local business, gaining a valuable partner for their project and real-world skills in persuasiveness and communications.
U.S. History Through Political Cartooning
A group of middle school students explored U.S. history from the Civil War to WWII through the lens of political cartooning. The course blended content from The History of Us by Joy Hakim, U.S. history documentaries from Ken Burns, and offered instruction from an acclaimed local cartooning artist. This younger group of 21CI students has demonstrated their mastery of the patterns and nuances of U.S. history by expressing their knowledge through original political cartoons. As a final project, students will create electronic versions of their work, assemble digital portfolios, and formally pitch for real-world publication.
The 21CI Curriculum is the product of a collaboration among Workspace parents, educational experts, and tech-industry talent. Projects place a strong emphasis on science, mathematics, communication and history. Technology is used as a tool to both teach these subjects and to make them more accessible. This approach enables students to not only focus on the simplified mechanics of a calculation or approach, but also to apply these concepts to problems where they can yield results and useful insights.
The overarching theme of 21CI is inspired by the research and ideas of educational reformers like Sir Ken Robinson, Tony Wagner, and Todd Rose. The idea that being a successful and productive member of society in the 21st century rests on critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity (‘the 4 Cs’). And that the nurturing of those 4 Cs in students does not come from a hyper-standardized approach that measures all children against an average but rather a holistic view of an individual’s strengths, weaknesses, and abilities.