A few years ago, we spent a great deal of time talking about the P21 Framework – specifically the 4Cs (Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, and Creativity). However, the 4Cs are only one small part of the framework. As we think about K64 and about preparing our students for life after high school, the P21 Framework exemplifies the “how” of teaching. Yes, our content standards define the what, but looking to the P21 Framework can offer outstanding insights into how to infuse concepts such as Life and Career Skills and Information, Media, Technology, and Skills into our lesson design. If it has been awhile, check out all the resources available for teachers on the P21 website.
About Heather Mullins
Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.