Innovative 21st Century School Districts

21st Century School Districts | 21st Century Frameworks | Mission and Vision Statements | Graduate Profiles

Updated: October, 2018

October, 2018: New profile of 21C district Shelby County Public Schools , KY
September, 2018: What Should Your Graduates Know? Districts are making sure students are equipped with the tools and knowledge for success, by Michelle Healy, American School Board Journal , August 2018
September, 2018: What Should Graduates Know And Be Able To Do?, by Tom Vander Ark , Forbes Magazine, September 6, 2018
September, 2018: 5 Suggestions for Leaders: Developing a Portrait of a 21st Century Graduate, By Aaron Spence, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, and Ken Kay, EdLeader21, Dan Domenech Blog, AASA, September 6, 2018
:April, 2017 EdLeader21 launches new Profile of a Graduate Builder tool and gallery

Ignite presentation from the Minnetonka Public Schools (MN) at the EdLeader21 2015 Annual Event in Dallas, TX. See 2016 Ignite presentations at the EdLeader21 2016Annual Event, September 28-30, in Denver, CO: Rio School District (CA); Wake County Public Schools (NC); Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VA); Newberg Public Schools (OR); and Eagle County Public Schools (CO)

February, 2016: Letters to Ollie's New Superintendent on 21st Century District Transformation, by Ken Kay, AASA blog: Defining a Vision for your District (Part 1); Focusing on Pedagogy (Part 2); Focus on Culture (part 3); Blog Series Home.
December 7, 2015: Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) names 16 schools and 3 districts as 2016 exemplars. Districts include Catalina Foothills School District, AZ. Also see P21's full list of exemplar schools and districts and case studies.
December 3, 2015: The Minnetonka Framework for Deeper Learning IGNITE presentation at EdLeader21 Conference, Dallas, September 30, 2015 - Also see graphic recording by Rachel Brian.
October 1, 2015: Jeffco Public Schools' (Golden, CO) new Jeffco 2020 Strategic Plan
September 23, 2015: See the new 21C Bloomfield Hills (MI) High School: Pics at Twitter.
May 19, 2015: New 21st Century Strategic Plan and Framework from Boone County, KY
September, 2014: Featured 21st Century Learning District, Albemarle County Public Schools, VA
September, 2014: District Transformation Learning Walks & Study Tours

    1. Catalina Foothills School District, AZ

    2. Albemarle County Public Schools, VA

    3. Virginia Beach City Public Schools, VA

    4. Napa Valley Unified School District, CA

    5. Boone County Schools, KY

    6. Shelby County Public Schools , KY

    7. Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA

    8. East Syracuse-Minoa (NY) Central School District

    9. Tahoma School District No. 409, WA

    10. Other 21st Century Skills School Districts (Profiles Coming)

Tools and Resources on 21st Century School Districts


21C Organizations





Other 21st Century School Districts (Profiles Coming)*

    1. Minnetonka Public Schools, MN.
    2. Dysart Unified School District, AZ;
    3. San Jose Unified School District, CA;
    4. Fairfax County Public Schools;
    5. Jeffco Public Schools, Golden, CO;
    6. Farmington Public Schools, CT ;
    7. Bloomfield Hills Schools, MI;
    8. Upper Arlington (OH) School District
    9. Springfield Public Schools, MO; SPS Learning Model
    10. Hilliard City Schools, OH; 2020 Strategic Plan ;
    11. OCM BOCES, Syracuse, NY; Project-Based Learning
    12. Ballston Spa Central School District, NY; Clean Technologies Early College HS
    13. Lucia Mar Unified School District, CA
    14. Ponca City Public Schools, OK
    15. Green Lake School District, Green Lake, WI; P21 Exemplar School District
    16. Newport News Public Schools, VA (Archival Page)
    17. Cleveland Heights - University Heights City School District, Ohio (Archival Page)
    18. Rio School District; 21st Century Learning
    19. Aptakisic-Tripp School District 102, IL; Learning Vision into Action (LVIA) 2015-2016
    20. Piner-Olivet Unified School District, CA; Maker Education Network K-12 (Sonoma County) ;
    21. San Carlos School District K-8, CA; Strategic Plan; Project-Based Learning (PBL); The 5Cs; Technology Infused Learning
    22. School District of Brown Deer, WI; Transformation Resources
    23. Loudon County Public Schools, VA; Vision 20/20 Strategic Plan and Videos

* Disclosure: I am a Senior Education Consultant with Fielding Nair International, the architecture firm that designed the school.

* Note: This page is part of a larger project to profile exemplar and innovative 21st Century Schools and Districts in the U.S. and abroad. This list will be expanded to include other innovative 21st Century school districts. Criteria for inclusion in this list are:

  • District is innovative in its practices and communication around 21st Century Learning.
  • There are sufficient web-based resources -- articles, videos, research, and other documents -- to adequately profile the district.

Districts should contact Bob at to be included in these innovative 21C school district profiles.

--Bob Pearlman, September, 2011 (Updated September, 2015)