Lanier Cluster Earns P21 Exemplar Distinction

Lanier Cluster named a 21st Century Learning Exemplar, a national recognition of educational excellence

For over a decade the Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21), has advocated for 21st century readiness for everyone. P21 brings together business, government, and education leaders and is focused on advancing evidence-based education policy and practice and making innovative teaching and learning a reality for all.

Through the P21 Exemplar Program, the group seeks to identify, document, promote, and celebrate examples of 21st century learning initiatives that successfully prepare students for college, career, and life.

The Lanier Cluster (which includes Lanier High School, Lanier Middle School, Sugar Hill Elementary School, Sycamore Elementary School, and White Oak Elementary School) is one of this year’s P21 honorees, earning the designation of “Exemplar.”

The P21 Exemplar evaluation process is thorough and designed to lift up examples of successful nationwide practices and structures that yield 21st century learning outcomes. P21 uses a rubric to evaluate each application with top applicants selected for a site visit by the P21 team. The evaluation tool looks for:
1. Evidence of commitment to college, career, and life readiness
2. Educational support systems and sustainable design
3. Engaged learning approaches
4. Equitable student access to 21st century learning
5. Evidence of student acquisition of 21st century knowledge and skills
6. Partnerships for sustainable success

The cluster will be recognized nationally in Washington D.C. in February on Capitol Hill as an exemplar of 21st century learning in the country. 
Lanier Cluster Schools are now the only Georgia public schools both K-12 STEM certified and a P21 Exemplar Cluster of Schools.

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