The following resources can be helpful in educating / persuading adults as to the importance of supporting 21century skill integration.

"Every child in American needs 21st century knowledge and skills to succeed as effective citizens, workers and leaders in the 21st century. There is a profound gap between the knowledge and skills most students learn in school and the knowledge and skills they need in typical 21st century communities and workplaces. To successfully face rigorous higher education coursework, career challenges and a globally competitive workforce, U.S. schools must align classroom environments with real world environments by infusing 21st century skills into their teaching and learning."
-The Partnership for 21st Century Skills

The cornerstone of 21st century skill development is authentic collaboration around relevant and meaningful tasks where students create a product or outcome that is of value to others.

In 2008 the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching selected Mike Weschas U.S. Professor of the Year.
This presentation is about an hour long but worth every minute! A fantastic prelude to professional development on aligning instruction to support 21st century skills

This "narranimation" is a great springboard for student discussion about shifting the paradigm in education.

Resources from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills
In addition to traditional core subjects of English, reading or language arts, world languages, arts, mathematics, economics, science, geography, history, government and civics, 21st century education must emphasize...

21st century interdisciplinary themes woven into core subjects
* Global awareness
Learning and Innovation Skills* Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Information, Media and Technology Skills
* Information Literacy
Life and Career Skills
Supported by:

1. 21st Century Standards
2. Assessment of 21st Century Skills
3. 21st Century Curriculum and Instruction
4. 21st Century Professional Development
5. 21st Century Learning Environments