New Nonprofit and International Corporate Partners Added to P21’s Strategic Council

Washington, D.C.– January 2, 2013 – The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) announces two new nonprofit and corporate members. Common Sense Media and JP – Inspiring Knowledge have joined the leading national organization advocating for 21st century readiness for every student.

“We are pleased to add Common Sense Media and JP – Inspiring Knowledge to the P21 Strategic Council,” said Frank Gallagher, Chair of P21 and Executive Director of Cable in the Classroom. “The addition of another leading nonprofit and a growing international education technology corporation reflect the diverse coalition that exists within P21, united in the goal of better preparing the next generation.”

Mike Lorion, General Manager of Education, will represent Common Sense Media and Jorge Sá Couto, JP-IK Chairman, will represent JP – Inspiring Knowledge on P21’s Strategic Council.

Common Sense Media is a national nonprofit dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology. Through its education programs, Common Sense Media empowers students to become knowledgeable and responsible digital citizens. Its full suite of free NETS and ELA Common Core-aligned education resources includes a K-12 curriculum created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner and the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; Digital Passport, with web-based learning games for 3rd-5th grade students; and robust online professional development for teachers.

“Common Sense Media and P21 share a commitment to preparing students to think critically, engage safely, and participate ethically in this increasingly digital world,” said Mike Lorion. “By giving kids these foundational skills of digital literacy and citizenship, they’re able to maximize the incredible potential of technology for learning. We look forward to the work we can do with P21’s members to support this important effort.”

JP – Inspiring Knowledge is a Portuguese Company dedicated to the design, development and distribution of Technological Solutions, leader of a global reference initiative pioneering ICT-based Education. JP-IK is the world’s largest OEM deploying Intel Classmate-based educational netbooks. Currently operating in more than 70 countries directly or through partners, JP-IK has delivered over 4 million mgseries netbooks worldwide.

“Having achieved an international presence in over 70 countries, in JP – Inspiring Knowledge, we believe that the best solutions for Education can only be found working side-by-side with the best partners.” said Jorge Sá Couto. “We believe our membership as part of P21 will help add to the organization’s global perspective and will help further enrich the movement at home.”

As a catalyst organization in the 21st Century Skills Movement, P21 works with education leaders, the business community, and state and federal policymakers to ensure that the U.S. education system equips students with rigorous content knowledge and the skills they need for college, career, and citizenship.

“Common Sense Media and JP – Inspiring Knowledge further broaden the reach of P21 through our growing network of nonprofit leaders in the field, and add a new international voice to our community,” said Helen Soule, Interim Executive Director of P21.

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