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Kensington Elementary earns national 21st Century Learning Exemplar distinction.

Congratulations to Kensington Elementary for earning the 21st Century Learning Exemplar distinction from Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21)!

Kensington Elementary was one of only 18 schools in the nation to be recognized for outstanding practices in equipping learners with the necessary skills and knowledge for success in college, career and life.

Since 2013, P21 has annually designated 21st Century Learning Exemplars based on exceptional implementation of the Framework for 21st Century Learning.

This year, Kensington Elementary was one of only 18 schools in the nation to be recognized for outstanding practices in equipping learners with the necessary skills and knowledge for success in college, career and life. Kensington Elementary was also one of only two schools in the state to receive this distinction.

To earn the 21st Century Learning Exemplar recognition, schools must show how 21st century skills are embedded in daily instruction. During the application process, which included a site visit in October, Kensington Elementary successfully showcased its emphasis on global learning, use of technology in the classroom, service learning, dual language immersion program, community and business support, and use of data.

“Kensington Elementary is a school of global studies and has the vision of equipping students with the necessary skills and knowledge for success in college, career and life. We've done this through the incorporation of global themes, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the emphasis on character education, and the beginning stages of implementation of EmpowerED,” Kensington Elementary Principal Dr. Rachel Clarke said. “I am very proud of our staff and our students for receiving this recognition. This has been a two-year process and it’s exciting to reach our goal.”

As part of celebrating best practices from the awardees, Battelle for Kids will develop a case study brief for each exemplar site and release it to the public for free download. Kensington Elementary, along with the 17 other exemplar sites, will also be recognized in Washington, D.C. in April.

 
Posted: Feb. 21, 2019