21st Century Learning Skills Summit 2.0 Set for April 5-6

3/7/11 ASHLAND, OH -- The transformation from classroom to dynamic learning environment is currently underway in schools across the state of Ohio and the Ohio Partnership for 21st Century Skills is hosting Summit 2.0, an event to bring change to the traditional Ohio learning environments.

Summit 2.0 will be held April 5-6 in Columbus and more than 1,000 people are expected to attend this year's event at the Columbus Convention Center, which is hosted by The Ohio Partnership for 21st Century Skills and the Ohio Department of Education, in addition to several other supporting partners. Summit 2.0 is coordinated by Ashland University.

Kicking off the Summit at noon on Tuesday is the Innovation Lab Experiences sponsored by Battelle. This opportunity is hosted by five Columbus organizations including COSI and the Columbus Museum of Art.

Participants will then come together at 5:30 p.m. at the Columbus Convention Center for a dinner featuring keynote speaker Karl Fisch, who is well-known for his for website "The Fischbowl." Fisch also is known worldwide for his "Did You Know" videos. The dinner program also will include a welcome by Ashland University President Dr. Fred Finks.

On April 6, Deborah Delisle will be welcoming the participants and setting the stage for Ohio's latest efforts to implement 21st Century learning practices. Delisle is the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Ohio Department of Education. As state superintendent, she is responsible for overseeing the Ohio Board of Education, leading school systems across Ohio and licensing Ohio's educators among other responsibilities.

Following Delisle is keynote speaker Tony Wagner. Wagner is an Innovation Education Fellow at Harvard University. With his fifth book underway, Wagner is very knowledgeable in the fields of education, innovation and leadership.

Afternoon sessions will include a presentation by well-known author Dan Pink, Christian Long and Trung Le discussing learning environments, and a presentation by Sarah Elizabeth Ippel, founder and Executive Director of the Academy for Global Citizenship. Ewan McIntosh, considered one of Europe's leading experts on digital media and learning, will close the program with his keynote address on digital media in 21st Century learning. The day will end with drawings for an iPad, iPod Touch, and iPod Nano.

Registration for this event is considered "cafeteria-style" in that people can attend one, two or all three of the Summit events. Those attending have the option of earning graduate-level credit from Ashland University by attending the full-day Summit on April 6 and then completing an Action Research Project by the end of August. This provides a great incentive for attendees looking to earn professional development credit.

Those with questions can contact Russell Harris, director of Economic Education at Ashland University's Columbus Center for Economic Education, at rharris8@ashland.edu<mailto:rharris8@ashland.edu>. A website, http://21stcenturyskillsohio.org, has been established and provides information and conference agenda. The site also is set up to handle initial registration information for individuals.

Ashland University (www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu>) 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.