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Leadership in the 21st Century

Learn more about the new approach to education system transformation. (4:19 min)

Leadership in the 21st Century

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The Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills

ATC21s logoHow we live, work, play, and learn has been dramatically transformed by technology over the past 20 years. We need different skills today than we did in the 20th century, and educational institutions have a critical role to play in developing those skills. But by and large, primary and secondary schools have not kept pace with the changing skill sets that students need to succeed. In fact, there's nothing broad-based in place right now to determine whether our schools are doing well at teaching these skills. Governments as well as schools need to know what works and what doesn't.

Cisco, Intel, and Microsoft unveiled plans in January 2008 to sponsor a project to research and develop new approaches, methods, and technologies for measuring the success of 21st-century teaching and learning in classrooms around the world. The Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills (ATC21S) project is focused on defining those skills and developing ways to measure them.

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Global Education Leaders' Program

GELP logoCisco launched the Global Education Leaders Program (GELP) in September 2009 to challenge and support education leaders ready to implement the vision outlined in the white paper Equipping Every Learner for the 21st Century. The program provides an ongoing professional learning process, a virtual support community, and use of collaborative technologies.

The work is ground-breaking, challenging, and necessary to lead education transformation. New leaders from new jurisdictions (including developing countries and emerging economies) continue to join the GELP community, creating a truly global movement.

Representing ten countries and five continents worldwide, the 13 GELP jurisdiction teams comprise a group of extraordinary and dedicated leaders effecting change at the highest levels of their education systems.

GELP Jurisdictions

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • British Columbia, Canada
  • Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
  • England
  • Finland
  • India
  • New York City, USA
  • New Zealand
  • Ontario, Canada
  • South Korea
  • USA Innovation Lab Network CCSSO
  • Victoria, Australia

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GELP Partners

The program also draws on specialist contributions from a wide range of partners, including the Hay Group, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, McKinsey & Co, Bridge, and the Asia Education Foundation. In July 2011, Cisco transitioned ownership and management of GELP to the non-profit organization, The Innovation Unit. For more information please visit:

Conversation with Michael Stevenson

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