James Bellanca, MA, is founder and CEO of International Renewal Institute, Inc., and acting director of the Illinois Consortium for 21st Century Skills. He founded SkyLight Professional Development in 1982. As its president, he mentored more than twenty author-consultants as he led SkyLight in pioneering the use Course: 21st Century Skills Presenters: James Bellanca and Ken Kay Hours: 45 Required Reading: 21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn, Bellanca and Brandt, editors, Solution Tree Press, 2010. 110 William Street, Suite 2201, New York, NY 10038 | www.kdsi.org | P: 1.800.728.0032 | SYLTSCCEUST of strategic teaching in comprehensive professional development. Bellanca has coauthored more than twenty books that advocate the application of thinking and cooperating across the curriculum with the theme of “not just for the test, but for a lifetime of learning.” A longtime proponent of 21st century skills, Bellanca’s most recent publications include Designing Professional Development for Change: A Guide for Improving Classroom Instruction, Enriched Learning Projects: A Practical Pathway to 21st Century Skills, Collaboration and Cooperation in 21st Century Schools, 200+ Active Learning Strategies and Projects for Engaging Students’ Multiple Intelligences, and A Guide to Graphic Organizers: Helping Students Organize and Process Content for Deeper Learning.
Ken Kay, JD, has spent the past twenty-five years bringing together the education, business, and policy communities to improve U.S. competitiveness. He is president of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the nation’s leading advocacy organization focused on infusing 21st century skills into education and preparing every child to succeed in the new global economy. He also serves as the CEO and cofounder of e-Luminate Group, an education consulting firm. Throughout his career, Ken has been a major voice and premier coalition builder on competitiveness issues in education and industry – particularly policies and practices that support innovation and technology leadership. An executive director of the CEO Forum on Education and Technology, he led the development of the StaR Chart (School Technology & Readiness Guide), used by schools across the country to make better use of technology in the K-12 classrooms. A lawyer and nationally recognized coalition builder, Kay has also facilitated initiatives by universities and technology leaders to advance research and development policy and by computer industry CEOs to advance U.S. trade and technology policy.
Solution Tree delivers comprehensive professional development to schools and districts around the world. Solution Tree has empowered K–12 educators to raise student achievement through a wide range of services and products including educator conferences, customized district solutions for long-term professional development, books, videos, and online courses. Last year, more than 25,000 educators attended Solution Tree events on professional learning communities, RTI, assessment, and other topics.