Keys to 21st Century learning skills

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At Transformational Learning Opportunities, we’re clear that high school diplomas, college degrees, and advanced training certificates are all necessary accomplishments. They’re your foundation. However, by themselves, formal educational accomplishments can never be enough. No matter how advanced or well taught your formal education might be, on its own it can never guarantee that you will successfully develop the new knowledge, modes of thinking, and behavioral skills you need in today's new world. The personal and professional competencies you need for today’s opportunities and challenges will never simply arise directly out of classroom instruction. At this point in history, the high quality expertise you need is something that fully develops only through long periods of testing and experimentation in the real world.


This means that, in today’s world, each of us needs to know when, where, and how to acquire new knowledge and, as well, how to transform the new knowledge we acquire into relevant and reliable skills. Specifically, after we’ve finished our formal education, we need to know how to implement learning journeys that help us accomplish three tasks; (1) Improve the skills we already have; (2) Develop the new skills our work and our lives are asking of us, and (3) Reframe the modes of thinking we learned growing up, especially those mindsets and belief systems that in today’s world are outdated.

Bottom line, each of us truly needs to understand why all the learning we do must always include two essential components; a formal “Front-End” educational step that’s focused on acquiring the new knowledge we need, and then a “Back-End” experiential learning step that’s focused on transforming this new knowledge into new skills. To learn more about TLO’s new 21st Century approach to Front-End/Back-End learning, and how TLO’s coaching and consulting services make use of this approach, click the TLO Services Overview button below.