21st-Century Learning

  • Columbia Heights Public Schools has chosen to use the P21 framework as its definition of 21st-century learning which emphasizes the use of learning activities that lead to strong reading and math skills as well as the ability to create, collaborate, communicate, and think critically. These 4 Cs are an essential component of what students learn in our schools along with other key life skills such as persistence and self-direction. 

    21st century learning includes personalizing the learning experience of each student to meet their needs and interests through the power of technology to help assess and adjust instruction at an individual level. In Columbia Heights, 21st century learning also includes opportunities to engage in activities that integrate science, math, technology, and art within engineering projects. Perhaps most importantly, students learn that the process of problem solving involves adjusting from failure and trying again.

    21st-century learning at Columbia Heights Public Schools includes:

    • Flipped Instruction—the use of video to provide instruction to students which allows the teacher to spend more time answering questions and assisting individual students

    • Hybrid Learning—the combination of technology based learning such as flipped instruction along with more traditional learning experiences

    • Personalized Learning—using technology to individualize instruction based on interest and need

    • Project Based Learning—engaging groups of students in a process of defining a real world problem, researching the problem, creating solutions and communicating this to an audience

    • STEAM—an integrative engineering project that includes science, technology, engineering, art, and math

    • Learning Studios—the use of flexible and comfortable space to maximize 21st century learning.