Framework for 21st Century Skills
The North Carolina Essential Standards, including the standards for Arts Education, were filtered through the Framework for 21st Century Skills.
The 21st Century Themes and Skills are intended to be infused throughout instruction in all subject areas.
To learn more about 21st Century Skills, visit the official //Partnership for 21st Century Skills// website.


Resources for 21st Century Skills

Two-page overview of 21st Century Skills

This two page overview of 21st century skills is available from the official Partnership for 21st Century Skills website. It includes both the rainbow graphic and an overview of the Core Subjects, Life and Career Skills, Learning and Innovation Skills, and Information, Media, and Technology Skills. Many of the public school educators will be familiar with this framework.

Definitions for the 21st Century Skills

This overview of 21st century skills definitions is available from the official Partnership for 21st Century Skills website.

P21 Chart

This chart is adapted from the P21 rainbow, but includes the skills listed for each section of the rainbow.

Arts Skills Map

The Arts Skills Map is a publication from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. It includes specific connections to the Arts and 21st Century Skills.

Arts Education and 21st Century Skills in North Carolina

This document was created by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and aligned with the 2005 Standard Course of Study.
While the connections are still valid, the document has not yet been re-aligned with the new NC Essential Standards for Arts Education.