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The Council on 21st Century Learning (C21L) is a collaborative group of educators dedicated to supporting learning FOR the 21st Century. Toward that end, C21L engages in these activities:

 

A UDITS.
For many organizations, this is a critical first step to developing a comprehensive approach to creating learning FOR the 21st century. C21L identifies each organization’s assets, barriers, and current promising practices. Based on the findings, C21L makes recommendations that enable districts to invest and act strategically.

 

b UILDING LEARNING COMMUNITIES.
Learning is a social activity. We help educators connect with colleagues, learn from each other, and collaborate to build a 21st century learning community. C21L sponsors the new Colorado Learning Network (CLN), hosts conferences, facilitates WorkingShops professional development sessions, maintains the blog 21st Century LEARNing, supports and evaluates professional learning, and helps organizations plan for and implement strategies that promote student acquisition of 21st century skills.

 

c REATING TOOLS FOR EDUCATORS.
From classroom observation and self-assessment tools to video clips of promising classroom practices, C21L works to make the vision of 21st century learning a reality in Colorado and beyond.


          

 

Partnership for 21st Century Learning SKills
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A nonprofit organization, C21L is Colorado’s professional development affiliate of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills – the leading national advocacy organization focused on infusing 21st century skills into education.

 

 

Founders
 

Dixie
Griffin Good

Dixie Griffin Good is president of The Public Good, Inc., an education consulting firm known for its research on educational use of data and technology. In working with education groups and public agencies, she uses her skills as a researcher, evaluator, policy analyst, and writer to inform key decisionmakers as they manage change and advance their organizational goals. She earned a Master’s degree in Future Studies in 1986, and worked in state government and non-profit communications before founding The Public Good, Inc., in 1996. Since then, Ms. Good has completed evaluation studies at the state, district, and school levels, and completed research on a broad array of K-12 education topics. Her professional interests center on the process of change, especially as it relates to education and public policy. She writes on an array of education topics for policymakers and other education stakeholders. She is co-author of Trendbenders: Building Healthy and Vital Communities (HRET/AHA Press, Chicago: 2002).

Email: dgg@C21L.org


Stevan
Kalmon

Stevan Kalmon, Director of the Council on 21st Century Learning, was a classroom teacher for 25 years. Before working with the Council, Stevan was Coordinator for Information Literacy and Technology in Denver Public Schools and Senior Consultant for the Education Technology Center at the Colorado Department of Education. He has published and presented frequently on topics related to 21st century learning, professional development, technology planning, and online learning. Stevan is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado, Denver, teaching classes in technology leadership and instructional design. Stevan has a Master’s degree in Information and Learning Technologies from the University of Colorado at Denver and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Email: skalmon@C21L.org


John
Kuglin

John Kuglin is an educational consultant, specializing in the development of the technological and conceptual environments needed to support 21st century learning. John delivers keynote addresses to conferences nationally and internationally. He has been a keynote speaker at NCCE, NSBA T&L Conference, and the Florida Educational Technology Conference, as well as many regional and state conferences throughout the nation. He brings more than 30 combined years of experience in education, telecommunications, television production, and Internet technology to these efforts.

From July 2006 through August 2009, John was the Director of Technology for Eagle/Vail County Schools. Additionally, John serves as Vice President of Education and Training Programs for Scope Seven Inc., which authors DVDs for Warner Brothers, Twentieth Century Fox and the BBC. At Scope Seven, John is responsible for creating, developing and marketing the “ee DVD” (Educationally Enhanced DVD), a unique concept in which educationally sound materials are combined with Hollywood films. Prior to these positions, John served as Associate Dean of Continuing Education for the University of Montana, where he initiated the first complete online course environment and served as Executive Director for a multi-million dollar NASA research grant that targeted classroom teachers.

John holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Montana, Western where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2003. He also earned a Master of Education degree from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Email: jkuglin@C21L.org


Peggy
O'Neill-Jones
Peggy O'Neill-Jones is a Professor of Technical Communication and Media Production and directs the Library of Congress Adventure of the American Mind-Colorado (AAM-Colorado) project at the Metropolitan State College of Denver. AAM-Colorado works with educators around Colorado to incorporate primary source material from the Library of Congress into instructional practices.

Ms. O'Neill-Jones has served as chair of the Technical Communication and Media Production Department and specializes in emerging communication and instructional technologies such as Web-connected DVD, media production and educational technology.

She has worked in public and academic administration, K-16 educational media, technology development and training, and online and classroom instruction. She is the recipient of numerous professional accolades, including the 2003 DVDA Excellence Award for her work on “WebDVD Demystified,” which showed examples from around the world that demonstrate how Web and DVD technologies converge to create a powerful communication/educational medium. She holds a master’s degree in Applied Communication from the University of Denver and is a doctoral candidate in Educational Technology at the University of Wyoming.

Web: http://clem.mscd.edu/~oneilljp/

Email: poj@C21L.org or oneilljp@mscd.edu


Rob
Piekarski

Rob Piekarski is the Television Production Specialist for the Denver Public Schools Distance Learning Department. Rob has been involved in the creation of educational media beginning with Purdue University and more recently PBS in Denver and nationally. Rob has served in various positions in the world of media creation, including: Chief engineer for public radio; chief videographer and unit manager at Jeppeson-Sanderson, producing a training series for pilots; and owner of his own media production support company, with clients such as The MacNeil Lehrer Newshour, NBC, ABC, CBS, HBO, The Nashville Network, MTV and Fuji Television/Japan. Rob has served as a media production consultant to many Fortune 500 companies. Rob is a frequent presenter at the Technology in Education Conference in Colorado, with a focus on building a distance learning network and enhancing the K-8 classroom through the use of digital media. Rob also serves as grants coordinator for the DPS Distance Learning Department.

Email: rpiekarski@C21L.org


Jeanne
Ross

Jeanne Ross is Distance Learning Director for Denver Public Schools (DPS), responsible for long-range planning, project planning, coordination among departmental divisions, personnel supervision, coordination with outside agencies, and implementation of the distance learning program. She is also responsible for all administrative functions of the DPS Online High School. Jeanne has been a classroom teacher, counselor, education technology specialist, technology academy coordinator, grant writing coordinator, technology fair developer and coordinator, director, and principal. Jeanne has a Master’s Degree in Psychology and Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado.

Email: jross@C21L.org


Kara Cassidy

Kara Cassidy brings over a decade of non-profit start-up, operations, and leadership experience to the Council on 21st Century Learning. Most recently, Kara helped one of the nation's top business coalitions focused on health care develop and launch a multi-year initiative to help improve care for individuals living with chronic illness. Prior to that, Kara helped start an education non-profit to improve K-12 academic performance and led projects to expand technology use among principals, superintendents, and school board members; to provide meaningful after school programs for middle school students; and to boost literacy through a student-to-student book exchange. Kara has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado-Denver.

Email: kcassidy@c21l.org


Nichole Robillard

Nichole Robillard provides research and project management support to C21L. With over 15 years experience managing strategic programs in the corporate and non-profit sector, Nichole has worked with diverse organizations evaluating, developing, and implementing best practices. She is co-author of technical papers in semiconductor manufacturing and application of cognitive theory in student-teacher dialog. She holds a B.S. in Business Marketing and Organizational Management from the University of Colorado, Boulder. An avid STEM advocate and volunteer with many educational organizations, she has served as founder, board member, and operations advisor to several nonprofits serving children, families, and educators.

Email: nrobillard@C21L.org

 

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