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July 03, 2012

Vermont Becomes 17th State to Join Partnership for 21st Century Skills

Washington, DC & Montpelier, VT - Vermont has joined the P21 Leadership State Initiative, working in concert with 16 states committed to fusing the 3Rs and 4Cs - critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation within standards, assessments and professional development programs.

17 states, in total, which educate nearly 27 of students in the United States, are represented as part of the P21 Leadership State Initiative. Together, they are gearing toward connecting standards and practices for 21st century education at the district and state levels.

“This partnership allows Vermont to better prepare a system to develop learners that will be exposed to a variety of expectations, challenges and opportunities,” said Commissioner Armando Vilaseca, VT DOE. “Vermont will better enable our students to be successful in the 21st and 22nd centuries.” he said.

In becoming a P21 State, Vermont has committed to providing leadership and services to ensure a system of public education through which all students will graduate ready for the world of college, citizenship, and career. Vermont's vision and action plan outlines strategies to improve learning outcomes for all students through 21st century skill development, active engagement in multiple learning pathways, and flexible learning environments.

“This new partnership provides additional capacity for educators in Vermont as we develop innovative opportunities for students, and proficiency based pathways to college and career readiness.” said Deputy Commissioner John Fischer, VT DOE.

As a P21 State, Vermont will be able to share in the expertise of the 16 other leadership states, while working in partnership with the State Board of Education (SBE), the Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators (VSBPE) and pre-service and in-service providers, the New England Secondary School Consortium, and the Vermont Department of Education (VT DOE), to foster 21st century teaching and learning.

"Vermont’s commitment demonstrates the growing national momentum building at the state level to amplify the efforts of local educators, business leaders, parents and community members working to transform our schools to meet the demands of the 21st century," said Tim Magner, P21 Executive Director.

“P21 is proud to recognize Vermont’s leadership for 21st century readiness, and thrilled to announce the addition of the great state of Vermont to P21’s growing coalition of education leaders, the business community, and state and federal policymakers with the goal of ensuring students are ready to lead and succeed in the 21st century,” added Lillian Kellogg, Chair of P21 and Vice President of Education Networks of America.

About P21: P21 is a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. As the United States continues to compete in a global economy that demands innovation, P21 and its members provide tools and resources to help the U.S. education system keep up by fusing the 3Rs and 4Cs (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation). While leading districts and schools are already doing this, P21 advocates for local, state and federal policies that support this approach for every school.

21st Century Skills Leadership States: Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.

P21 Members: Adobe Systems, Inc., American Association of School Librarians, Apple Inc., Cable in the Classroom, Cengage Learning, Cisco Systems, Inc., The College Board's Advanced Placement Program (AP), Crayola, Dell, Inc., EdLeader21, EF Education, Education Networks of America, Ford Motor Company Fund, GlobalScholar, Goddard Systems Inc., Hewlett Packard, Intel Corporation, Knovation, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, LEGO Group, Mosaica Education, National Academy Foundation, National Education Association, Pearson Foundation, Project Management Institute Educational Foundation, The Walt Disney Company, Verizon Foundation, VIF International Education and Wireless Generation.

Source: Department of Education
Last Updated at: July 03, 2012 10:05:50
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