SOURCE: Partnership for 21st Century Skills

September 13, 2005 12:17 ET

Partnership for 21st Century Skills Announces New Members and Leadership

Leading Business, Technology and Education Organizations Collaborate to Transform Learning in the 21st Century

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 13, 2005 -- The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the leading advocacy organization focused on infusing 21st century skills into education, today announced that six new members have joined the organization including Adobe Systems Incorporated; LeapFrog SchoolHouse; McGraw-Hill Education; Pearson Education; SAS; and Thomson Gale. Since its inception in 2002, the Partnership has more than tripled its membership, growing from eight founding organizations to 26 members representing America's leading business, technology and education organizations.

"The Partnership's dramatic growth is evidence that the 21st century skills movement is gaining momentum," said Ken Kay, president of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. "Our 26 member organizations recognize the critical need for 21st century education and are taking real action by contributing to the Partnership's vision. Together, we can move education in America forward, enhancing the possibility that the next generation of Americans will have the skills necessary to excel in the 21st century."

In addition, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills announced its new leadership for the 2005-2006 academic year. John Wilson, executive director of the National Education Association, will assume the position of chair for the Partnership, while Karen Cator of Apple will serve as vice chair. The role of treasurer will be filled by John Box of JA Worldwide.

"Preparing our students to successfully compete and thrive as citizens and workers in the 21st century calls for collective action on many fronts," said John Wilson. "I am proud to lead an organization that represents a genuine collaboration between the education community, business leaders, and policymakers. Such teamwork is the only way to build consensus and make 21st century learning a reality for every student."

In its fourth year, the Partnership will remain focused on elevating the need for 21st century skills to a national level, while providing guidance and valuable tools to communities and state leaders in their pursuit of 21st century learning environments. Since its inception in 2002, the Partnership has developed a set of comprehensive tools and resources to help education stakeholders convert the 21st century framework into real progress in their own communities. Most recently, the Partnership issued a report entitled, "The Assessment of 21st Century Skills: The Current Landscape," and companion online tool, "Assess 21." This work represents a significant step towards creating a comprehensive agenda focused on educational assessments that measure 21st century learning. These and other resources are available on the Partnership's Web site at www.21stcenturyskills.org.

About the Partnership for 21st Century Skills

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has emerged as the leading advocacy organization focused on infusing 21st century skills into education. The organization brings together the business community, education leaders, and policymakers to define a powerful vision for 21st century education to ensure every child's success as citizens and workers in the 21st century. The Partnership encourages schools, districts and states to advocate for the infusion of 21st century skills into education and provides tools and resources to help facilitate and drive change.

Member organizations include: Adobe Systems Incorporated, Agilent Technologies, American Association of School Librarians, American Federation of Teachers, Apple, Bell South Foundation, Cable in the Classroom, Cisco Systems, Inc., Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Dell Inc., ETS, Ford Motor Company Fund, Intel Corporation, JA Worldwide, LeapFrog SchoolHouse, McGraw-Hill Education, Microsoft Corporation, National Education Association, Oracle Corporation, Pearson Education, SAP, SAS, Texas Instruments Incorporated, Thomson Gale, Time Warner, Inc. and Verizon. Organizations interested in joining the Partnership may contact info@21stcenturyskills.org or visit the Partnership's website at www.21stcenturyskills.org.

Based in Washington, DC and Tucson, Arizona, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills is administered by Infotech Strategies. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 organization.

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