Organization celebrates 10 year anniversary

Coeur D’Alene, ID – July 13, 2012 – The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), a broad coalition of education, non-profit and business leaders, in conjunction with stakeholders from P21’s seventeen 21st Century Skills Leadership States, are meeting at Institute.21 to share promising ideas, policies and innovations in the implementation of 21st century teaching and learning.

P21’s 6th annual best practices forum will focus on exemplars of 21st century learning, links between 21st century skills and career and technical education, as well as the role of community organizations in supporting 21st Century Skills attainment. Institute.21 will also be a celebration of P21’s 10 year anniversary as a catalyst organization for 21st century readiness for every student.

“We are excited to showcase ongoing implementation successes and challenges, as we reflect on the 10 year history of this unique collaborative effort,” noted Lillian Kellogg, Vice President of Education Networks of America and Chair of P21. “P21 shares its successes with its committed members, partner organizations, and leadership states in working to ensure that all students receive an education that prepares them for life, college, and careers in the 21st century.”

Terry Holiday, Ph.D. Kentucky Commissioner of Education and chair of the P21 State Advisory Committee; Marc Tucker, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Center on Education and the Economy; Michelle Shearer, 2011 National Teacher of the Year; Scotty Brody, national vice president of American Camp Association; David Philippi, National Academy Foundation, Community Partnership Coordinator, as well as several state education chiefs and deputies, will present at the Institute based on their work.

“The P21 Institute is an excellent opportunity to learn from the work of other educators and partners,” noted Terry Holliday, Kentucky Commissioner of Education. “P21 serves as a great resource for Kentucky educators as we implement innovations and policies to support more students graduating from high school that meet the college and career requirements for the 21st century.”

Institute.21, a day-long summit and best practices awards ceremony, precedes the Council of Chief State School Officers’ 2012 Summer Institute and recognizes leadership states in implementing P21’s comprehensive 21st century skills framework. Presented in recognition of state achievement in 21st Century Education, these awards acknowledge the efforts of P21 Leadership States to integrate 21st Century Skills into their policy, practice and professional development.

The 2012 awardees include:
Kansas, for the state’s Innovating 21st Century Accreditation;
Kentucky, recognizing the P20 Innovation Lab Partnership;
North Carolina, recognizing the 2012 READY Outreach Program;
Vermont, for the state’s High School Completion Program;
Wisconsin, recognizing the state’s Every Child a Graduate program;
Recognition of Achievement in 21st Century Education John Wilson Award was presented to North Carolina for the state’s innovative Blended Learning Program.

“These initiatives provide excellent examples of the implementation of the P21 Framework across our leadership states,” said Tim Magner, Executive Director of P21, “and P21 is pleased to recognize and celebrate the states’ commitment to implement learning models that integrate core academic content mastery (the 3 R’s)—and the complex skills required for student success in school and the workplace – critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration, communication, and creativity and innovation (the 4 C’s)— into classrooms across the country.”
Institute.21 seeks to deliver the leadership and guidance necessary for states to enact workable approaches to 21st century learning, as well as a timely opportunity to fuel innovative and effective thinking around the future of teaching and learning.

P21 media contact: Tatyana Varshavsky (tvarshavsky@p21.org / 202-312-6430)

About the Partnership for 21st Century Skills: P21 is a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. As the United States continues to compete in a global economy that demands innovation, P21 and its members provide tools and resources to help the U.S. education system keep up by fusing the three Rs and four Cs (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration and creativity and innovation). While leading districts and schools are already doing this, P21 advocates for local, state and federal policies that support this approach for every school.

21st Century Skills Leadership States: Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

Member organizations: Adobe Systems, Inc., American Association of School Librarians, Apple Inc., Cable in the Classroom, Cengage Learning, Cisco Systems, Inc., The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP), Crayola, Dell, Inc., EdLeader21, EF Education, Education Networks of America, Ford Motor Company Fund, GlobalScholar, Goddard Systems Inc., Hewlett Packard, Intel Corporation, Knovation, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, LEGO Group, Mosaica Education, National Academy Foundation, National Education Association, Pearson, Project Management Institute Educational Foundation, The Walt Disney Company, Verizon, VIF International Education and Wireless Generation.

For more information on the Partnership for 21st Century Skills please visit http://www.p21.org/ and connect with P21 on Twitter @P21CentSkills.

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