The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has announced it will host the Cyber Summit on 21st Century Skills from June 1 – 12, 2009. The summit, which will take place solely online, affords education, policy, civic, community, and business leaders the opportunity to interact with one another and discuss important education reform initiatives. The Cyber Summit leads up to the National Education Summit on 21st Century Skills, which will take place on June 12 in Washington, D.C.
During the Cyber Summit, there will be ongoing forums in which experts will analyze and discuss key 21st century skills and knowledge resources, including:
* The 21st Century Skills Implementation Guides, which outline recommended practices for assessments, standards, professional development, curriculum and instruction and learning environments
* The Milestones for Improving Learning and Education (MILE) Guide, which helps educators measure the progress of their schools in defining, teaching and assessing 21st century skills
* The National Action Agenda, which will set the policy and reform agenda for the months following both summits and be signed by hundreds of education stakeholders.
The Cyber Summit will also feature a collection of videos that demonstrate how rigorous core subjects can be combined with 21st century skills in classrooms. In addition, there will be a series of live webinars featuring education leaders across the nation, including six state education commissioners/superintendents/directors. These webinars will focus on what is happening at the national, state, and district levels and best practices for how 21st century skills fit into core class instruction.
Participants/experts include the following:
Dr. Steven Paine, Superintendent of Schools, West Virginia
June St. Clair Atkinson, State Superintendent, North Carolina
Susan Gendron, Commissioner of Education, Maine
Judy Jeffrey, Director, Iowa Department of Education
Lucille E. Davy, Commissioner of Education, New Jersey
Tom Horne, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Arizona
Ken Kay, President, Partnership for 21st Century Skills
Paige Johnson, Worldwide Manager, K-12 Education, Intel Corporation and Chair, Partnership for 21st Century Skills
Kathy Hurley, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, for Pearson School Companies and Vice-chair, Partnership for 21st Century Skills
For more information, visit www.21stcenturyskills.org/cybersummit.
Source: Partnership for 21st Century Skills, www.21stcenturyskills.org