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by Helen Janc Malone

Levy, Frank and Richard J. Murnane. The New Division of Labor: How Computers Are Creating the Next Job Market. Princeton University Press, 2004. An examination of the shift in global labor needs, away from basic skills and towards 21st century skills.

“21st Century Skills, Education & Competitiveness” (2008), a resource and policy guide by The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, at A report from a leading initiative on 21st century skills, including recommendations for policy reform and school innovation.

Silva, Elena. “Measuring Skills for the 21st Century” (November 2008), in an online report published by the Education Sector, an independent think tank in education policy, at A look at changing workforce needs, what students learn and how to measure 21st century skills acquisition.

Wagner, Tony. The Global Achievement Gap. Basic Books, 2008. An examination of the skill set demands of the business sector and examples of school innovations and other ways public education can be reformed to fit the global economic environment.

Helen Janc Malone (University of Maryland) is an advanced doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She earned an M.A. in Education Policy and Leadership, Higher Education, from University of Maryland, College Park, and an Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University, and holds a B.S. in Political Science from Towson University. She earlier worked in Washington, D.C., building a nexus among policy, research and practice in the areas of comprehensive school reform, out-of-school time learning, student-leadership development and civic education. She has co-authored several publications including Rethinking Time and Learning, The Federal Role in Out-of-School Learning and Complementary Learning in Action: Alignment Nashville (all from the Harvard Family Research Project) and
Academic Atrophy: The Condition of the Liberal Arts in America’s Public Schools (published by the Council of Basic Education). She’s a member of the American Educational Research Association and the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Email her at