C21 Canada

C21 Canada

February 14, 2012 16:00 ET

C21 Canada to Host 21st Century Learning Summit-Wednesday, February 15, 2012

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 14, 2012) - C21 Canada-Canadians for 21st Century Learning & Innovation, a newly formed not-for-profit organization comprised of education organizations and knowledge sector companies will host a Summit on 21st century learning and officially launch the organization, Wednesday, February 15 at the Kingbridge Centre, King City (north of Toronto).

The Summit, entitled "Shifting Minds," will bring together 50 of Canada's education and business leaders in the field of 21st century learning to help C21 Canada create a national vision and framework for 21st century models of learning in Canada.

"As Canadians are increasingly concerned about the future for our children, there is now a need to inject a sense of urgency in the work to transform education. If not, thousands of children will continue to lose out on opportunities to grow and be successful," says Ron Canuel, CEO, Canadian Education Association. "Our membership to C21 Canada reflects our shared vision to tackle this issue head on."

The genesis of C21 Canada is the shared belief of its members that public education in Canada must be transformed to position Canadians for success. The goal of C21 Canada is to witness an accelerated pace of 21st century competencies, instructional practices, and digital resources and services being integrated into Canada's learning systems.

"The OECD and other global think tanks are calling for 21st century models of learning to position people and countries for success in the knowledge and digital era," says John Kershaw, C21 Canada President and former Deputy Minister of Education, New Brunswick. "Canadian parents need to understand their children are not receiving the education they need for future success."

About C21 Canada

C21 Canada is a unique blend of national education associations and knowledge sector businesses united in their belief that 21st century models of learning must be adopted in public education on an urgent basis to position Canadians for economic, social and personal success in the high skills, knowledge and innovation based economy. www.c21canada.org

C21 Canada's Founding Members: Canadian Education Association, Canadian School Board Association, Dell, EF Educational Tours, IBM, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, Microsoft, Nelson Education, Oxford University Press, Pearson, Scholastic Education, SMART Technologies.

Secretariat: 21st Century Learning Associates, MindShare Learning

Conference Twitter hashtag: #c21canada

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