About 21st Century Learning in Ontario

Ontario’s world-class curriculum, programs, and resources, delivered by highly skilled educators, help all students reach beyond their potential and contribute to their lifelong learning.

Ontario, like many education jurisdictions around the world, is looking to prepare our students for success in a dynamic, technology-intensive and increasingly connected 21st century world. Changes are affecting how we learn and teach, how students learn and how we assess student learning.

We need to respond to these changes and equip our students with the 21st century knowledge and skills they need today and for their futures by:

  • Engaging students as partners in their own learning
  • Harnessing the capacity of technology to engage learners and to optimize and amplify student learning and achievement
  • Creating more teacher-student learning partnerships through real world, authentic learning tasks enabled by technology
  • Emphasizing and teaching important higher-order skills such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity and entrepreneurship
  • Supporting educators in preparing our students for a rapidly changing, technology-driven, globalized world

                             Changing Classroom Practice

  Changing Classroom Practice    

How has the Ministry engaged stakeholders in the conversation?

Through the renewed vision in Achieving Excellence, Ontario is committed to helping every child and student achieve success and well-being. The primary goal of the province’s education system is to enable students to develop the knowledge, skills, and characteristics that will lead them to become personally successful, economically productive, and actively engaged citizens.

Researchers acknowledge that the need to engage in problem solving and critical and creative thinking has “always been at the core of learning and innovation” (Trilling & Fadel, 2009, p. 50). What’s new in the 21st century is the call for education systems to emphasize and develop these competencies in explicit and intentional ways through deliberate changes in curriculum design and pedagogical practice. The goal of these changes is to prepare students to solve messy, complex problems – including problems we don’t yet know about – associated with living in a competitive, globally connected, and technologically intensive world.

21st Century Competencies: Foundation Document for Discussion (Draft, Ministry of Education, 2016) will provide a focus among ministry and external education, policy, and research experts about how best to shape provincial policy to help students develop the 21st century competencies they need to succeed. Key findings from in-depth literature reviews on 21st century competencies, completed by the Ministry of Education in 2014, are summarized in this foundation document.

  21st Century Competencies

21st Century Competencies: Foundation Document for Discussion (Draft, Ministry of Education, 2016)

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