Teachers know: students need a wide range of skills to be successful for college and careers in the 21st century.

Employers have identified many skills that students will need to be competitive in the 21st-century workplace: including critical thinking, effective communication, information analysis, and global citizenship. The Common Core State Standards, which have been adapted for use in numerous states, were designed for student success in the 21st century.

Introducing Two New Tools for Teachers:


These new tools for teachers were designed by teacherpreneur Rob Kriete, a teaching veteran of 20 years in Hillsborough County, Florida. In his teacherpreneur role, Rob taught students half time and used the rest of the week to share information about the Common Core standards with parents, others teachers, and state lawmakers. Rob discovered a shared need: parents who wanted to know more about the standards and teachers who sought resources explaining how the standards relate to 21st-century learning.

The result? Two powerful tools for teachers. This poster explains several 21st-century skills that teachers are helping students develop for college and career success. It also illustrates specific skills—embedded within the standards—that students are cultivating in the classroom and how students will use those skills in the future. Teachers can use the evidence sheet to provide examples of how they use the standards in their own practice and answer parents’ questions about how the standards impact their children’s learning.


Here’s how you can use these tools with parents:

  1. Click here to download and print the poster and evidence sheet. Share the poster with parents via email, at school events, and at parent-teacher meetings. Complete the evidence sheet with examples of how you use the standards in your practice.
  2. Read this blog post by creator Rob Kriete with tips for using the poster and evidence sheet.
  3. Share the resources below with parents, including this blog post about the standards, written by a teacher who is also a parent.

Resources for Teachers:

Parents and the Common Core: A List of Resources

The Standards: Moving from “Common” to Dynamic Learning

Common Core: What Principals Say about Implementation

A Common Core Documentary: Building the Machine

Dispelling Misconceptions about the Common Core

Teacher Testimony: Why I Support the Common Core Standards (Part One)

Teacher Testimony: Why I Support the Common Core Standards (Part Two)

Common Core: Putting Students on Paths to 21st-Century Success

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