The Core Commitments Curriculum Design

A brief intro to this online resource that helps education leaders implement 21st century teaching and learning. In short, Route 21 ( is a one-stop shop for 21st century skills-related information, resources and community tools. 


In order to have the most effective, student-centered learning environment, an effective curriculum should intentionally target both national and state curriculum standards. These standards are the backbone of unit design and lesson development. This page contains links to national curriculum documents from content-specific professional organizations. Links are also included to Kentucky standards as well as the Kentucky Department of Education model for unit planning using the standards. Unit plan templates from Grant Wiggins' Understanding by Design and the Thoughtful Education initiative are included. While different GRREC districts and schools use a variety of lesson plan formats, we have included templates and sample lessons created in GRREC’s math and history grants.


“21st Century” resources

  1. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a national  organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student.
  2. 21st Century Fluencies -  This resource is the collaborative effort of a group of experienced educators and entrepreneurs who have united to share their experience and ideas, and create a project geared toward making learning relevant to life in our new digital age.
  3. Since the inception of the original LoTi Framework in 1994, the LoTi project has grown beyond classroom technology use and has become synonymous with innovative teaching practices. Today, there are four frameworks that are used to articulate LoTi-related instructional practices.