Learning to Change/Changing to Learn: A Canadian Perspective
Premieres at 21st Century Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit
Toronto – November 14, 2011 – The Pearson Foundation today announced the launch of Learning to Change/Changing to Learn: A Canadian Perspective, the first in a new series of films about opportunities for system-wide change in Canadian learning. The inaugural film features perspectives of key Canadian education leaders, each of whom discusses the role that new teaching and learning strategies can have in helping young people to develop the skills they need for success in an increasingly global knowledge-based economy.
The film, which debuted in conjunction with the “Making IT Happen” 21st Century Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit in Toronto, features many of the nation’s key educators, writers, and government officials, including:
- Mike McKay, Superintendent and CEO, Surrey School District, BC
- Don Tapscott, Co-Author, Macrowikinomics
- Steve Cardwell, Superintendent, Vancouver School District, BC; President, BC Superintendents’ Association
- Karen Hume, Educator, Speaker, Author
- Janet Murphy
Manager of Innovative Learning Solutions
York University and York Region District School Board
- Naomi Johnson, Chief Superintendent, Calgary Board of Education
- John Kershaw, President, 21st Century Learning Associates
- Tom D’Amico, Superintendent of Student Success Department, Ottawa Catholic School Board
- Bill Hogarth, President - Corporate Development and Planning, Education Research & Development Corporation
- Chris Kennedy, Superintendent of Schools, West Vancouver School District
- Ron Canuel, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Education Association
- Bill Muirhead, Associate Provost Academic, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Together, their voices document the need for all educational stakeholders to develop classroom practices that personalize and maximize student learning. These individuals underscore the value for students in developing skills including new types of creativity, teamwork, and problem solving integrated into the core curriculum. To meet the challenges, they urge a concerted effort by teachers, administrators, government officials, parents, and students to rethink models for learning and develop new approaches for learning inside and outside the classroom.
This overview is the first of four films the Pearson Foundation will produce to support the movement for innovation in Canadian education. Future installments will focus on the roles that education leaders, teachers, and students can each play in helping to transform learning.
“This film provides a great starting point for discussion on the need for 21st century learning, especially because it reflects the opinions of the educational community at large,” said Ron Weston, chief superintendent of the St. James-Assiniboia School Division, Winnipeg. “It will be a great Canadian resource that reflects some of the most current and relevant thinking for those seeking to improve student learning.”
“We look forward to developing – and to presenting – the other films in this series, and to taking part in the growing dialogue about the exact skills young people need to succeed, no matter where they are in the world,” said Pearson Foundation President and CEO Mark Nieker. “We hope these films help the educational community move from dialogue to action, and that they become part of the already remarkable system-wide change and innovation taking place in schools and classrooms across Canada.”
Learning to Change/Changing to Learn: A Canadian Perspective can be viewed at http://youtu.be/0e1-ZtFX35E.
About the Pearson Foundation
The Pearson Foundation, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, extends Pearson’s commitment to education by partnering with leading nonprofit, civic, and business organizations to provide financial, organizational, and publishing assistance across the globe. The foundation aims to make a difference by sponsoring innovative educational programs and extending its educational expertise to help in classrooms and in local communities. More information on the Pearson Foundation can be found at www.pearsonfoundation.org.
Stacey Finkel, Pearson Foundation