PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Concordia University brings Salman Khan to Portland on Feb. 5 to share his global perspective on education innovation.
"We couldn't be more thrilled to bring Khan to Portland next month," said Concordia University President Charles Schlimpert. "Concordia is committed to education innovation and preparing transformational leaders and the best teachers. Hearing first-hand from innovators like Khan is a key part of this commitment."
Khan, the 36-year-old founder of Khan Academy, is one of The Wall Street Journal's "13 People to Watch in 2013." He was one of TIME magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2012, and he was featured on the cover of Forbes magazine in November in an article titled "One Man, One Computer, 10 Million Students: How Khan Academy Is Reinventing Education."
Khan will keynote Concordia University's Governor Victor Atiyeh Leadership in Education Awards at the Portland Art Museum on Tuesday, Feb. 5 (www.cu-portland.edu/vale). All event proceeds benefit student scholarships. Sponsorships and tables are still available.
Local honorees Ken Thrasher and the late Dick Alexander will receive Concordia's award for their leadership in early childhood education in Oregon. Event sponsors include HotChalk, Inc., Kivel & Howard LLP, VTM Group, Gina Condon, Pacific Power, The Standard, KeyBank and Knowledge Universe Education LLC, Clear Channel and Portland Monthly magazine.
Concordia is pioneering education innovation in the region by preparing the next generation of teachers. The University's greatest growth over the past few years is in its Masters of Education degree programs online and at its Portland campus. Within the past year, the University also brought globally-recognized Geoffrey Canada and Jane McGonigal to Portland.
In collaboration with Portland Public Schools, Concordia will help its neighboring preK-8 Faubion School develop a national '3toPhD' model as part of a complete reconstruction of the school. The Faubion rebuild is part of the Portland Public School capital bond that was recently passed by voters.
ABOUT CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY
Concordia University is a private, nonprofit, Lutheran, liberal arts university founded in 1905 with a mission to prepare leaders for the transformation of society. Concordia is currently Oregon's fastest growing university with more than 23% enrollment growth in 2012 to more than 3,000 students. For the fourth consecutive year, Concordia was recognized on the U.S. President's Community Service Honor Roll and as 7th in the nation in service by Washington Monthly magazine. Its College of Education is committed to preparing the world's best teachers through its courses in Portland, across Oregon, and online.
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