Many jurisdictions around the world are reviewing education policy through the lens of what a secondary school graduate should look like in the second decade of the twenty-first century and beyond. There is a growing concern that curriculum has become too narrow; that there is a need to look at fundamental change in how and what students are learning. Ontario is among the leaders in education achievement, but other leaders such as Finland and Singapore are examining and testing a broader view. We want Ontario to continue to lead in education in a collaborative way. We are hoping to bring together those who are passionate about our students’ success and our publicly funded education system.
The Ontario Teachers’ Federation and its affiliates are sponsoring the C4C21 Symposium to be held on May 5 and 6, 2011, at the Westin Harbour Castle, 1 Harbour Square, Toronto, Ontario. The themes of the symposium are creativity, critical thinking, citizenship and community in the 21st Century. This symposium will appeal to a broad cross section of education stakeholders from union leaders to parents to policy advisors to classroom teachers to students.
The goal of the summit is to initiate a thought-provoking dialogue among all education partners on the role of these four themes in shaping our education future. Our keynote presenters include Diane Ravitch, author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System, and Dennis Shirley, co-author of The Fourth Way. To round out this dialogue, we have included a panel of education researchers who will address what the current research is telling us about the best way to advance learning and teaching. The panel includes Carl James, York University; Diane Farmer, OISE/UT; Kate Tilleczek, University of Prince Edward Island; and will be moderated by Annie Kidder, People for Education. Tom Wujec will give the last keynote talking about the importance of creativity and imagination.
Noted educator, Penny Milton will conclude the symposium with a reflective summary.