In the 21st century, quality education is imperative.
Focus on Education Foundation, The Center for Internet Research (TCFIR), in concert with its corporate sponsors is hosting “21st Century Education – The Real and the Ideal”, a conference focused on “what’s next” in the social/cultural, methodological, and technological dimensions of education. The conference theme speaks to the need for a realistic appraisal of the state of education and reform efforts, and what present realities indicate for the future, coupled with constructive and well-informed speculation about how change in education can be better managed to serve the need of students, educators, parents, industry, and society as a whole; the real and the ideal.
At the heart of this conference is a project in the early stages of planning for the development of next-generation, accredited K-16 computer-aided teaching and learning environment (CAT/L) which will incorporate the best of what we presently know. More than an attempt at another “online education system”, this project will address the situated, contextual problem of education from a holistic and cross-disciplinary perspective.
The thesis underlying this project is that previous attempts at “education reform” have met with difficulties because solutions have not been adequately integrated into, or accounted for, the total social system of education. Therefore, technology in education, while desirable because of numerous potential benefits, cannot be limited in scope to superior content, assessment methodology, lesson-planning, parental involvement, or accountability but must address all of these needs and more. In addition, the technological concept underlying this project do not attempt to eliminate classrooms or teachers but focus instead on helping teachers and students do more with better results. In this context, technology must be made to serve people and facilitate what people do best, in practicable, adaptive, streamlined ways.
We believe that bringing together leaders in education, business, academia, and government in a conference environment organized around these themes will produce significant new ideas, perspectives, and initiatives unlike other education conferences.
Please join us at “21 st Century Education – The Real and the Ideal”, October 9 and 10, in Denver, Colorado.
The Education Summit-2007 is an invitation-only conference bringing together 300 of the best and brightest leaders in Business, Education and Government to formulate a new direction for the education system.
The Education Summit-2007 is the second of five annual conferences organized to capture the collective will and intelligence of Leaders who can set the pace for innovation vital to our national interest in education. The agenda is designed to facilitate a realistic appraisal of the current education system; a review of what current and near-future assets, innovations, research, policies and methodologies are available for reform; and the construction of a forward-thinking plan based on the best available quantitative and qualitative information our nationally-recognized panelists and participants can provide.
While the goals of the Summit are ambitious, there will also be ample time for fun, networking and enjoyment of the beauty of Denver, Colorado. Come join us in the Fall of 2007 in Denver.
Did I mention Fun?
“If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war." - Secretary of Education T. H. Bell
“Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is, not a preparation for life; education is life itself."