How can educators successfully address the unique and diverse needs of 21st century students? How do schools successfully prepare their students for the demands of college and career?

We all know that instituting a single change, by itself, will not revolutionize education. To fundamentally change the results we get—how students are educated—we need to thoughtfully examine all aspects of the education system, including teaching, infrastructure, assessments and leadership. Using the Roadmap, educational leaders can determine where their system is and where they need to go in each of the topic areas, find examples of successful transformations and guidance on how to navigate their own paths to creating 21st century learning environments.

Start by deciding into which stage your school fits in each of the topic areas. Explore what next steps are needed to reach your goals. Select the guiding principles that work for your community. Ask yourself and others the key questions. Learn from the exemplars and consider how all aspects are interconnected. When you’re done, you’ll have the pieces in place to build your own roadmap to 21st century learning environments.

The tool also includes ideas for education professionals as they engage in dialog among peers, district leadership, technology providers, community members and legislators to plan and support more effective learning environments. It is designed to emphasize the systemic nature of learning environments, highlighting the various components and their important inter-relationships.