The term, "21st Century Skills" denotes an expanded range of skills and competencies that go beyond what has traditionally been taught in the classroom. These skills are considered important for new generations of students and include: critical thinking and problem solving; communication, collaboration; and creativity and innovation.
Among the groups devoted to articulating and supporting learning of 21st century skills is the nonprofit, Partnership for 21st Century Skills. The organization's mission statement is: "To serve as a catalyst to position 21st century readiness at the center of US K12 education by building collaborative partnerships among education, business, community and government leaders." The partnership lists global awareness, along with financial, civic, health, and environmental literacy as interdisciplinary subjects representative of 21st century needs.
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills was formed in 2002 with support from the U.S. Department of Education, as well as the following corporations: AOL Time Warner Foundation, Apple Computer, Inc., Cable in the Classroom, Cisco Systems, Inc., Dell Computer Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, National Education Association and SAP.
Additional details about the partnership and its activities is available on its website.