MCHENRY, Ill., Sept. 26, 2012 – Susan Adelmann, vice president of strategic partnerships for Follett School and Library Group (FSLG), a division of Follett Corporation, has been named secretary of Partnership for 21st Century Skills’ board of directors for the 2012-13 academic year.

Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) is a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student by building collaborative partnerships among education, business, community, and government leaders.

“P21 has done a remarkable job of laying the framework to drive a common understanding of 21st century skills with examples that are actionable for a wide variety of education stakeholders,” said Adelmann (right), who joined Follett in 2006. “We see the fingerprints of P21 every day in the information literacy and critical thinking that are the hallmark of our customers’ libraries, learning centers, and innovative classrooms.”

Adelmann added, “P21 has long recognized the important role of the librarian and library learning in K-12 schools, particularly as libraries extend beyond their physical walls and digital resources play an increasingly important role in and outside the classroom.” She said the organization’s advocacy efforts are helping legislators and education stakeholders to gain a better comprehension of best practices related to digital learning.

Adelmann will be joined on P21’s incoming executive board by new board chair Frank Gallagher, executive director of Cable in the Classroom; vice chair Stephan Turnipseed, president of Lego Education/North America; and treasurer Dzana Homan, COO of Goddard Systems, Inc.

Adelmann also sits on the board of directors for the Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) Education Division.

FSLG includes Follett Software Company, Follett Library Resources, Follett Educational Services and Follett International. With a global footprint in 110 countries, the group boasts more than 70,000 K-12 customers and helps to guide more than 35 million students toward achievement.

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About Follett School and Library Group |
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, eBooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.

About P21 |
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 3Rs and 4Cs (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.

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