CHERRY HILL, NJ and TORONTO, ON, Jan. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Destination Imagination and Pearson Canada announce a 21st Century Learning alliance to develop Destination Imagination: Classroom Edition for Canadian schools.
Destination Imagination: Classroom Edition is designed to engage students in grades 3 to 9 in a positive learning
environment through Challenges. These are rich cross-curricular
problem-solving opportunities that foster the development of social and
emotional skills and the 4 Cs -- collaboration, critical thinking,
creativity, and communication -- arguably the core of 21st century learning.
Destination Imagination: Classroom Edition Challenges are adapted from Destination Imagination's library of
Challenges created for its extra-curricular program. The Challenges are
enhanced by Pearson's world-class expertise in assessment for learning,
and professional development. They are correlated to the subject area
curricula of each province in Canada.
Internationally, educational leaders have recognized that facility with
the 4 Cs is essential for students to thrive in the global knowledge
economy. The alliance between Destination Imagination and Pearson
Canada was formed to address the growing need for in-school resources
and teacher professional development designed to advance these 21st century skills and competencies.
For students to succeed in a 4 Cs learning environment, teachers will
need appropriate tools and new expertise. Many teachers across Canada
are already shifting focus to become facilitators of learning rather
than sources of knowledge. This alliance will benefit that effort. Destination Imagination: Classroom Edition will feature extensive professional learning resources and services for
teachers, school administrators, and district leaders, to ensure the
successful implementation of the program and 21st century learning.
Fourteen proof-of-concept classroom pilots of Destination Imagination: Classroom Edition were successfully completed in six provinces in the spring of 2012, and
a robust, scalable program is now being developed to be accessible on
Pearson's Canadian Learning Exchange (CLE) system.
"Destination Imagination is delighted to be joining forces with
Pearson…their experience in Canada's classrooms, knowledge of working
with teachers, curricula and assessment expertise and track record of
success all make for a winning combination," said Chuck Cadle, CEO of
Destination Imagination, Inc.
"We are honoured to form an alliance with an organization that is a
leader in providing proven 4 Cs programming to students. Based on the
success of the early pilots, we have every confidence that this new
program will become a must-have standard in classrooms across Canada",
explained Marty Keast, President, School Division, Pearson Canada.
About Pearson Canada
Pearson Canada, Inc. is part of Pearson, the world's leading learning
company. Pearson has global reach and market-leading businesses in
education, business information and consumer publishing (NYSE: PSO).
Pearson has one defining goal: to help people progress in their lives
through learning. Pearson champions innovation and it invests in models
for education that deliver on the promise for effective, accessible,
and personal learning from early literacy, college and career readiness
to professional education, through data informed instruction and
inventive applications for mobile and digital learning.
About Destination Imagination
Destination Imagination, Inc., is a non-profit organization operating in
more than 20 countries around the world, including 47 US states, all 10
Canadian provinces and two territories. Through the efforts of more
than 30 000 volunteers—educators, industry experts, and
parents-—Destination Imagination supports thousands of student teams,
who compete in developing and presenting solutions to annual
Challenges, culminating each May in the Destination Imagination Global
Finals hosted by the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. During
its 30 year history, Destination Imagination has mastered the art of
engaging students' desire to learn, and has helped millions of students
around the world develop key 21st century skills that last a lifetime.
SOURCE: Pearson Education
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