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The Springfield Renaissance School Named P21 Exemplar

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    April Hattori

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), the leading organization advocating for 21st century readiness for every student, is highlighting The Springfield Renaissance School in an online initiative to capture and share exemplary 21st century learning practices that are improving schools and student learning in classrooms and communities across the United States. Read the case study here. 

Patterns of Innovation: The 21st Century Learning Exemplar Program showcases 25 schools, educators, and students from around the country that have embraced the P21 Framework to increase educational options and outcomes for all children.

Patterns of Innovation is designed to share the experiences of schools that have successfully transformed their students’ learning by incorporating elements of the P21 Framework into teacher practice, curriculum, assessment, and professional development.

The 25 exemplars, including The Springfield Renaissance School, are part of a rigorous examination of schools, to show what 21st Century Skills practice looks like in action. Selected from across the country and evaluated by P21 members and staff for educational excellence and successful 21st century learning implementation, the schools announced today represent the first installment of P21’s ongoing project to identify, document and celebrate exemplary 21st century learning across the country. 

“We spent a lot of time introducing our kids to the growth mindset approach to education,” notes Principal Stephen Mahoney in the case study. “The way that we get kids to believe that they can get smart and they can get successful and they can get good at school is to really focus on these character traits and habits of work. There’s not an employer in the world who wouldn’t tell you that active and collaborative participation, for example, is a valuable asset for someone to have in his or her organization.”

 “It has been tremendously powerful to see the ways in which teachers and school leaders are using 21st century learning practices to increase student achievement and develop strong school communities,” said Dr. Helen Soulé, P21 Executive Director. “There is so much to be learned from the ways in which these schools are succeeding and I am excited to share our findings through the Patterns of Innovation site so that educators and policymakers can see how 21st century learning can become a reality in every school.”

An accompanying Patterns of Innovation podcast series has also launched and is available for download or subscription through iTunes.

Learn more at and #PatternsofInnovation