TORONTO, Feb. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - C21 Canada - Canadians for 21st Century
Learning & Innovation, a not-for-profit organization comprised of
education organizations and knowledge sector companies, will host its
second annual Summit on 21st century learning, Tuesday, February 12 to
Wednesday, February 13 at the Kingbridge Centre in King City.
The Summit, entitled Convening Engaged Minds: Leader to Leader, will feature a Fireside Chat with former Prime Minister Paul Martin on
the evening of February 12th. The event will bring together 100 of Canada's education and business
leaders to gather perspectives on Canada's skill requirements in the
knowledge and digital age and on what the related education policy and
investment priorities should be for the country.
"Today's innovation-driven economy and society demands people with 21st
century inspired competencies and skills. A key challenge for Canada is
to modernize our learning systems and ensure that all Canadians,
without exception, are positioned for success on an equitable basis,"
states Mr. Martin.
The product of C21 Canada's inaugural Summit last year was the
organization's Shifting Minds document, a national vision and framework for 21st century models of
learning in Canada. The goal of C21 Canada is to support the
accelerated and effective integration of 21st century skills and
competencies, teaching practices and learning technologies into
Canada's education systems.
"The 'Arab Spring' is coming to more than the Middle East. It is coming
to education, healthcare, government and every place where the radical
democratization of knowledge and power and the culture that comes along
with it reaches the public. And that is about everywhere. It is not
only necessary to adapt curricula for 21st century needs. It's
necessary to adapt learning technologies and methodologies as well,"
states John Abele, co-founder and director of Boston Scientific. Mr.
Abele, a well respected and successful innovator, will share the
Fireside Chat with Mr. Martin.
C21 Canada is also launching its inaugural National 21st Century Leadership and Innovation Awards. Five people from across
Canada will be recognized and honoured for their excellence in 21st
Century Leadership and Innovation.
Go to www.c21canada.org for a complete Summit agenda.
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,
Secretariat: 21st Century Learning Associates, MindShare Learning
Summit Twitter hashtag: #C21Summit13
Image with caption: "The Right Honourable Paul Martin to Speak at the 2nd Annual C21 Canada Summit (CNW Group/MindShare Learning)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130206_C3450_PHOTO_EN_23354.jpg
SOURCE: MindShare Learning
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For media inquiries, please contact:
C21 Canada, Vice-president