Lanier cluster earns P21 Exemplar distinction

With its recent designation as a 21st Century Learning Exemplar in Gwinnett County Public Schools for 2017-18, Lanier Cluster Schools has a distinction that sets it apart from every other school cluster in Georgia.

“We can now claim we are the only cluster of schools in the state of Georgia to have both K-12 STEM certification and be a P21 Exemplar,” said Kyle Jones, Lanier High School’s Academy coach and leader of the cluster’s Vertical Innovation Team, in a news release. “We believe our entire cluster is aligned to truly prepare our students for life after their K-12 experience and enter an ever-changing economy and workforce.”

The cluster – Sugar Hill Elementary, Sycamore Elementary, White Oak Elementary, Lanier Middle and Lanier High – was recently honored by the Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) as an Exemplar Program, demonstrating “not just an adequate implementation of the Framework for 21st Century Learning, but also expertise in the elements of student agency, distributed leadership, a climate of achievement, engaged community and use of evidence and research.

Based in Washington D.C. and representing more than 5 million members in the global workforce, P21 is a national nonprofit “catalyst organization” that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. The Framework for 21st Century Learning is based on the skills, knowledge and dispositions “that children need to succeed as citizens and workers in today’s world,” according to www.p21.org.

“P21’s Exemplar Program works to identify innovative education paradigms across the country,” said David Ross, CEO of P21. “When policymakers say, ‘Show me what you mean,’ we turn to our P21 Exemplars for hard evidence.”

“Lanier Cluster Schools is overjoyed P21 has selected our schools as exemplars of 21st century learning, both nationally and as representatives of Gwinnett County Public Schools,” said Jones. “We are excited to partner with P21 and other exemplar schools to share best practices and continue to empower our students and teachers.”

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