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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Executive department
state house
boston, ma  02133
(617) 725-4000
  February 20, 2008

Dear Colleague,

As you may know, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a member of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.  Since our acceptance into this national network of states working to infuse 21st Century skills into their state education systems, a broad based coalition of the education and workforce administrators, policy makers and members of the business community, has developed a compelling case for why 21st century skills must be integrated into learning wherever it occurs in the our Commonwealth.  In addition, members of the advisory coalition have also made a commitment to communicate that case to others.  Enclosed, therefore, please find a brief on the Massachusetts 21st Century Skills Initiative. 

Research and global statistics show there is a profound gap between the knowledge and skills most students learn in school and the knowledge and skills they need in higher education, work and community life in a world economy and global society.  It is our hope that by raising awareness and understanding of this gap, stakeholders throughout the Commonwealth will work together to improve our education system and work force development initiatives.  We believe that doing so will benefit students, communities and the Commonwealth.

We ask you to join us in this effort by distributing this brief as broadly as possible.  More importantly, we encourage you to incorporate the concepts, themes and ideas into your work and ongoing efforts.  If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Michele Norman, Policy Director in the Office of the Governor’s Education Advisor:  This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it

Dr. Dana Mohler-Faria

Governor’s Special Advisor for Education

Suzanne Bump
Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development

Dan O’Connell
Secretary of Housing and Economic Development


Governor Patrick Announces Commonwealth’s Acceptance in Partnership for 21st Century Skills

BOSTON — June 8, 2007 — Just days after outlining a bold vision for the future of public education in the Commonwealth, Governor Deval Patrick today announced that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has been accepted as a leadership state in the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.  The Partnership, a national network of states backed by 30 leading businesses and organizations, is working to ensure that every child masters content standards as well as the skills and competencies needed to be engaged and productive citizens and employees in an increasingly competitive global society.
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