Leading Experts on 21st Century Learning Present Webcast Series for School Leaders


Scholastic "Expert Talks" give school leaders access to experts on preparing students for 21st century workforce


NEW YORK, N.Y. — January 12, 2010 — Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education and media company, is inviting teachers, school administrators and education leaders to join some of the nation’s thought leaders on learning in the 21st Century for a series of four webcasts starting in January.

The “Expert Talks” will include discussions with Tony Wagner, Milton Chen, Chris Dede, Jeffrey Wilhelm and others – and will allow school leaders to participate on the Web from their offices, classrooms or at home. The goal is to help educators grapple with the challenges of preparing today’s students to succeed in the 21st Century workplace.

"The world is changing fast beneath our feet, and with it are the children our schools are asked to teach and prepare for the jobs of the 21st Century – jobs that may not even exist yet. How can educators and schools keep up?" said Margery Mayer, President of Scholastic Education. "We hope these Expert Talks will not only ask provocative questions and spark creative thinking, but also provide concrete, easy-to-implement ideas for the school leaders who tackle these challenges every day."

Scholastic will host four "Expert Talks" – one each month beginning in January:

Expert Leaders, Thinkers, & Educators on 21st Century Learning
• Wednesday, January 20th, 2 p.m. EST
Tony Wagner, Co-Director, Change Leadership Group, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Milton Chen, Executive Director, The George Lucas Educational Foundation
• Moderated by Chris Lehmann, Principal, Science Leadership Academy (Philadelphia, PA) and blogger at PracticalTheory.org.

The New Digital Classroom, Building Expertise in the Science Curriculum
• Tuesday, February 9th, 1 p.m. EST
Chris Dede, Professor of Learning Technologies, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Michael Geisen, Science Teacher and 2008 National Teacher of the Year

The New Digital Classroom, Building Expertise in the English Language Arts Curriculum
• Wednesday, March 17th, 1 p.m. EST
Jeffrey Wilhelm, Associate Professor of English Education, Boise State University

The New Digital Classroom, Building Expertise through Technology
• Wednesday, April 21st, 3:30 p.m. EST
David Rose, Founding Director, Chief Scientist of Cognition and Learning, Center for Applied Special Technology

Participants can submit questions before or during the webcasts when they register at www.scholastic.com/experttalks.

For more information and videos from Expert Talk participants, visit Scholastic on the web at our online media room.


Tyler Reed