Innovative 21st Century Skills School Districts

Updated: September, 2012

    1. Catalina Foothills School District, Tucson, AZ
    2. Virginia Beach City Public Schools, VA
    3. Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA
    4. Napa Valley Unified School District, CA
    5. East Syracuse-Minoa (NY) Central School District
    6. Douglas County School District, CO
    7. Tahoma School District No. 409, WA
    8. Cleveland Heights - University Heights City School District, Ohio
    9. Other 21st Century Skills School Districts (Profiles Coming)

Resources on 21st Century Skills School Districts

    1. What’s Working? Lessons from pioneer 21st century school districts, Part 1. P21 blog by Bob Pearlman, September 17, 2012. Part 2, September 24, 2012.
    2. The Professional Learning Community for 21st Century Education Leaders
    3. Profiles of 21st Century School Districts and Comparison with Upper Arlington, prepared for Upper Arlington City School District (OH), The Hanover Research Council, January 2010.
    4. Frameworks for 21st Century Learning
    5. Mission and Vision Statements
    6. Best Practices Implementation Checklist of 21st Century School Districts (PDF), © Bob Pearlman,, inc., 2010
    7. Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century School District, Cyber Summit 2010Webinar with moderator Bob Pearlman, Mary Jo Conery, Assistant Superintendent for 21st Century Learning for the Catalina Foothills School District (CFSD), Tucson, AZ, and CFSD teachers Mark Rubin-Toles, Wayne Thornes and Lindy Bowden.
    8. The Leader's Guide to 21st Century Education: 7 Steps for Schools and Districts, by Ken Kay and Valerie Greenhill, Pearson, 2012
    9. The Seven Steps to Becoming a 21st Century School or District, By Ken Kay, blog series on Edutopia
    10. Illinois Consortium for 21st Century Schools
    11. Institute for the Future of Learning
    12. P21's 21st Century Learning Exemplar Program highlights best practices in schools and districts
    13. Videos

Other 21st Century Skills School Districts (Profiles Coming)*

    1. Niles Township High School District 219, IL
    2. Newport News Public Schools, VA
    3. Reading Public Schools, MA
    4. Norfolk Public Schools, NE
    5. Hamilton School District, WI
    6. Upper Arlington (OH) School District; District 21st Century Learning Page and Checklists and Rubrics
    7. Cooperative Educational Service Agency #1 (CESA #1), Brookfield, WI
    8. Whitewater Unified School District, WI
    9. Madison Public Schools, CT
    10. Springfield Public Schools, MO
    11. St. Marys City Schools, OH
    12. Community Unit School District 200, IL
    13. Lexington County School District One, SC
    14. Hilliard City Schools, OH
    15. Albemarle County Public Schools
    16. Herricks Union Free School District, NY
    17. OCM BOCES, Syracuse, NY
    18. Ballston Spa Central School District, NY
    19. Fairfax County Public Schools
    20. Henrico County Public Schools
    21. Lucia Mar Unified School District, CA
    22. Ponca City Public Schools, OK
    23. Birmingham Public Schools, MI
    24. Minnetonka Public Schools, MN
    25. Green Lake School District, Green Lake, WI
    26. Fond du Lac School District, WI

* Note: This page is part of a larger project to profile exemplar and innovative 21st Century Schools and Districts in the U.S. and abroad. This list will be expanded to include other innovative 21st Century school districts. Criteria for inclusion in this list are:

  • District is innovative in its practices and communication around 21st Century Learning.
  • There are sufficient web-based resources -- articles, videos, research, and other documents -- to adequately profile the district.

Districts should contact Bob at to be included in these innovative profiles.

--Bob Pearlman, September, 2011