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Fall Institute San Francisco

21st Century Schools' Fall Institute - not a huge conference (think grandiose buffet!), but an elegant, intimate gourmet meal . . . 

The Ideas Jar!

Ideas and resources for taking your classroom and curriculum into the 21st century.  See below:

The Fall Institute offers two intensive, personalized workshops -

PBL21 - Designing the 21st Century Classroom where you will experience truly deep learning and return to your school equipped with a a framework for a 21st century curriculum - PBL21 - designed specifically for your classroom, your school and your community! 

Your curriculum design will integrate all the Critical Attributes of 21st century Education, all the essential Multiple Literacies for the 21st Century and the 7 Survival Skills for the 21st Century (Tony Wagner's).  You will integrate many forms of technologies in a meaningful way that support higher level learning! 

November 12 & 13 -  Introducing PBL21 . . more about what you will learn and do . . .  and

MOVE IT, Math! the most extraordinary math program every created!  We guarantee that your students will learn to LOVE math and exceed mathematically!

Forget all those math textbook series and workbooks - have they produced results after 20 plus years?  Read the research, results and testimonials here . . .

November 10 & 11, 2015

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  Visual Literacy - how to integrate into every class!


STEAM resources and ideas are all around us!

The Common Core and Standardized Testing

Here is an excellent exercise for a Professional Learning Community or a faculty meeting.

21st Century Schools is excited to introduce . . . PBL21 . . .

PBL21 - the next step in the evolution of project-based learning.

PBL21 main page.  Meet the PBL21 Heroes!

Follow our new series on PBL21 at Becoming a 21st Century School!  Attend our PBL21 workshop in New York City on May 7 & 8!  Find out how to truly take your classroom, campus, district, state, country or organization into the 21st century!

See Part I of Defining PBL21 and "Will the real 21st century school please stand up?"

Foundations of 21st Century Education - using a Compass, not a Map!

Authentic education is about much more than the standards!  We agree that the standards are important, and we will show you an easy way to not only meet, but exceed, the standards while designing and delivering authentic, 21st century curriculum!  From the board room to the classroom, use our Compass Roses when planning everything from policy to professional development, curriculum, instruction & assessment!  The compass rose link will take you to the following:

  • Critical Attributes of 21st Century Education

  • Multiple Literacies for the 21st Century

  • 7 Survival Skills of the 21st Century as identified by Tony Wagner, Harvard University.






Introducing Paul Shoecraft, Ph.D, the creator of MOVE IT, Math!

After implementing MOVE IT, Math! for one year Herndon Elementary School in Atlanta achieved a jump in standardized math test scores from 23% to 80% success!

The very best math program for K-8 anywhere in the world!  We are proud to announce that MOVE IT Math™ , created by Dr. Paul Shoecraft, is partnering with 21st Century Schools! This excellent math program that is successful, fun and easy! 

Test scores will go up!   Your students will love math! 

Read this story of how we learned about and experienced the wild success of MOVE IT Math™  

Contact us to learn more about how to implement MOVE IT, Math in your classroom - or if you would like to set up a MOVE IT, Math program on your campus!


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from our PBL21 heroes . .


Anne Shaw addressing International Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam.



Our work has provided us with many wonderful opportunities to see the world, to meet and work with educators from many countries, and to develop our own personal Global Competencies.  Visit our blog to see where we've been! 

Please visit our newest web site, 21st Century Schools International!

Implement a 21st Century Teacher Education Initiative in your district or country! - From global classrooms, to programs linking schools to schools internationally, to our Teacher Education Initiative custom-designed for each country . . . there is much to see, and much more coming!

Join our developing global, collaborative classrooms project - Food and Culture!

Become a member of the Coalition of 21st Century Schools - a new network of schools certified as a model 21st century school!

21st Century Schools would be delighted to create a proposal for your project.  As each school or district is unique, with unique needs and goals, 21st Century Schools does not use "canned" proposals. 

After we understand the needs of the client, we create an in-depth, personalized, custom proposal.  These proposals can take up to two weeks to prepare and refine.  Therefore a fee is charged, credited toward consulting fees upon signing a contract with us.

Contact Us for more information!


New Hybrid Events coming in


21st Century Schools is introducing our new "hybrid" events!  These are a synthesis of a "workshop" and a "conference" - the ultimate in the best of both worlds - world-renowned keynote speakers and in-depth, personalized learning for you!  For details see Hybrid Events!          

    Prakash Nair, of Fielding Nair International, shows us how to design 21st century learning spaces and places . . .
  Blueprint for Tomorrow   The Language of School Design



Tony Wagner, Ph.D., Harvard University Innovation Lab, shows us how the purpose of schooling has changed and what we can do about it . . .

  The Global Achievement Gap   Creating Innovators

Click here for additional information on these authors, their books and more . . .




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If your school district has cut its budget by eliminating travel to out-of-district PD, or if you want a group or your entire staff to experience our workshops first hand, we can come to you!

Our professional development is designed as a model of the 21st century classroom - not "sit and get" as shown below -

But interactive - based upon the Learning Pyramid which illustrates that the highest level of learning occurs when the learners "teach each other and make immediate use of their learning" . . .


Please contact us now to reserve your dates for on-site professional development, both in the United States and abroad!

*  Our workshops are being continually redesigned and updated to keep up with new technologies such as Web 2.0 tools, social media  developments, current research and developments in education and our always evolving creative ideas for curriculum!




to Sugata Mitra 

Dr. Sugata Mitra, an Advisory Board Member of 21st Century Schools, has been awarded the first $1 Million Dollar prize from TED! 

The annual award provides an "exceptional individual" the opportunity to "conceive and launch a high-impact project."



Famous for his "hole in the wall" project, Sugata spoke at the TED awards conference to reveal his new project: 

"My wish is to help design the future of learning by supporting children all over the world to tap into their innate sense of wonder and work together."

"Help me build the 'School in the Cloud,' a learning lab in India, where children can embark on intellectual adventures by engaging and connecting with information and mentoring online."

SOLE - make your classroom a Self-Organized Learning Environment.  Download Sugata Mitra's toolkit, "How to Bring Self-Organized Learning Environments to Your Community," at


Sugata Mitra and students at the Hole in the Wall Project in India.

To contribute to his TED Prize, visit:

More information on his project, including videos, is at

See Dr. Mitra's research and additional information on his work here.




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