Ashland University and Ohio Department of Education to Hold Second Annual Summit on 21st Century Skills and Learning

10/28/11 ASHLAND, OH -- Named as a "leadership state" with the Partnership for the 21st Century Skills, the state of Ohio has made a commitment to transform the public education system, improve the college readiness of students and build a globally competitive labor force.

As part of this commitment, the second annual Ohio Summit on 21st Century Learning Skills will be held on Dec. 8, 2011, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus. This summit is co-hosted by Ashland University and the Ohio Department of Education.

The 21st Century Learning Environment means redesigning the curriculum; incorporating essential skills like cooperative learning, creative problem solving, and developing community responsibility. Effectively integrating technology into the teaching and learning processes will deepen and enhance students' learning.

The 21st Century Skills Summit has many supporting partners including: Ashland University, the Ohio Department of Education, MOESC, Upper Arlington Schools, Instructional Technology Integration Partnership, and Battelle for Kids, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus College of Art and Design, INFO Ohio, Center of Science and Industry (COSI), METRO, eTech Ohio, the Ohio School Facilities Commission and the Ohio Historical Society.

"We are encouraging school districts to form District Leadership Teams to attend the Summit so that districts are well prepared to integrate 21st Century Skills programs into their school year activities," said Russell Harris, director of Economic education at Ashland University's Columbus Center for Economic Education. "Teams may include student leaders, parents, and teachers, building administrators, district administrators, board members, local governmental officials and local business leaders. By including a wide spectrum of stakeholders, it is possible to create effective role models and decision makers and build the consensus for change that will be necessary to integrate the 21st Century Skills framework into every school."

At the Summit, leadership teams will meet experts from across the nation and Europe that have real experience in planning for and integrating 21st Century Skills programs in schools. Teams will learn how to align district vision and goals in a manner transparent to all stakeholders.

Building a community consensus around the 21st Century Skills that students must possess is critical to success, Harris said. "By weaving the major strands together, participants will be able to integrate the essential building blocks of standards and curriculum, professional development, learning environments and performance assessment to support 21st Century learning in their districts," he said.

The cost to attend the summit is $125 including a lunch box. Participants will also be eligible to win valuable technology prizes.

The agenda for the day will include morning keynote speeches from State Superintendent Stan Heffner and Karl Fisch<>, director of technology at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo., and creator of the "Did You Know / Shift Happens" presentations and videos.

Next, three morning sessions will feature presentations on several different topics, followed by a lunch break. Then, beginning in the afternoon, there will be many innovation lab experiences presented by several of the supporting partners of 21st Century Skills.  Drawings for prizes such as iPad, iPod touch, and iPod Nano will be held at the end of the conference.

Purchase order numbers will only be accepted for registration through Nov. 30, 2011. Please note, registrations submitted with a purchase order number are considered tentative until payment is received and payment should be received by Dec. 1, 2011.

If you are unable to attend the Conference, another individual may come in your place at no extra charge provided s/he brings a copy of your email registration confirmation along with a note of approval for the substitution, signed and dated by you. Substitute attendees must check in at the Registration Table upon arrival.

Conference registration cancellations will be accepted through Dec. 1, 2011, and all refunds granted are subject to a $10 service fee. All cancellations must be submitted in writing via email or mail to 21st Century Summit - MOESC. Cancellations received or postmarked after Dec. 1, 2011, will not be accepted for any reason.

The website to register is<>. Those with questions please feel free to contact Paula Aveni of Ashland University at<> or 1.800.882.1548, ext. 5685.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report's National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (<>) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.

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