WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With recognition of the near universal belief that success in an increasingly global and interdependent economy depends on developing critical thinking and analytical skills in today's students, the National Education Association and the Republican Main Street Partnership will host "An Education Forum on 21st Century Skills," on Tuesday, September 2, 2008, during the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, Minn. Americans have made it clear that going into November's elections, the economy, crime, health care, energy costs, the housing crisis and the war in Iraq are among their topmost concerns. Just as people can be tracked by six degrees of separation, so can many of this election's top issues for voters. Their common bond is education. Moderated by NEA executive director and 21st century skills advocate John Wilson, the forum will bring together leaders in policy, politics, business and academia for a dialogue on policies and practices that will fortify 21st century skills at the center of public education.
WHO: -- Paige Kuni, Worldwide Manager, K-12 Education, Intel Corporation -- Kathy Hurley, Senior Vice President Strategic Partnerships, Pearson -- Dr. Steven Paine, State Superintendent of Schools, West Virginia Department of Education -- Glen Westbroek, Alpine School District, American Fork, Utah -- The Honorable Mike Castle, Member of Congress, Delaware -- John Wilson, Executive Director, National Education Association (moderator) WHERE: The Minneapolis Club 729 2nd Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55402 WHEN: Tuesday, September 2, 2008 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CDT The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.
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