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21st-Century Teaching & Learning (K-12) is a Course

21st-Century Teaching & Learning (K-12)

Jul 20 - May 31, 2021


Full course description

Course Date:

Jul 20, 2020 - May 31, 2021


6 weeks


3-3.5 hrs/lesson



Course Type:





This course is designed to help anyone learn and teach with a 21st-century approach to knowledge and teaching. We hope the ideas will help you as a person and help you learn new teaching ideas to share with learners. The course includes a focus on data literacy, and shares content knowledge and teaching ideas for that area. If you are having thoughts of "I don’t know a lot about data" or "That sounds very maths-ey and I don’t like maths," don't worry -- this course is designed to be accessible to you. Whether you are a kindergarten teacher, a high school history or maths teacher, an administrator or parent, or someone just curious about data, there will be ideas for you. By taking this course, you are agreeing to participate in studies that we may conduct as part of our ongoing research into online learning.

NOTE: Once you have started this free version of the course, it is not possible to transfer into the certificate-granting version of the course and save your progress. If you would rather take the certificate-granting version of the course, please follow this link to enroll. If you start this free version of the course and decide later that you would like a certificate, you will need to repeat any work you have completed, as work cannot be transferred from this free version of the course to the certificate-granting version of the course.


At the end of this course, learners will:

  • understand the limitless learning potential of all students and have ways to communicate this information to students;
  • understand the nature of our data-filled world and the meaning of data science;
  • understand the importance of data literacy for all students;
  • understand data analysis tools and different ways to analyze and visualize data;
  • understand the cross-curricular nature of data literacy and learning; and
  • develop exciting data-filled lessons for all students.

Target Audience: K-12 parents, teachers, and administrators; lifelong learners

This course is offered by the Stanford Graduate School of Education.

Course Instructors

Jo Boaler

Jo Boaler

Nominelli-Olivier Professor of Education, Co-Director of youcubed

Jo Boaler is the Nomellini-Olivier Professor of Education at Stanford and the Co-Director of youcubed at Stanford Graduate School of Education. Her former roles have included being the Marie Curie Professor of Mathematics Education in England and a maths teacher in London comprehensive schools.

She is the author of numerous articles and books as well as several online courses, a White House presenter, and a co-leader of a K-12 data science initiative. The BBC has named her one of the eight people “changing the face of education.”


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