Superintendent’s Book Club

Posted May 13, 2014, at 11:54 a.m.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Longfellow Books, Monument Square, Portland, Maine

For more information: 207-874-8100; portlandschools.org

Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk and Karen MacDonald, Maine’s 2014 Teacher of the Year, will host the spring meeting of the Superintendent’s Book Club on May 21 at 7 p.m. at Longfellow Books in Monument Square, Portland.

The public is invited to join the discussion of “21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times” by Bernie Trilling and Charles Fadel (Wiley, John & Sons, Inc., 2009). The book continues this year’s book club theme of exploring how education must adapt to prepare students for a complex and interconnected world.

At a time of rapid advances in technology and increased economic competition, Trilling and Fadel stress the importance of students acquiring global awareness, financial and economic literacy and knowledge of health issues as well as mastering the core subjects of reading, writing and math. The authors describe three categories of 21st century skills: learning and innovations skills, digital literacy skills and life and career skills.

Paperback copies of “21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times” are available for the discounted price of $16 each plus tax from Longfellow Books. (Be sure to mention that you are with the Superintendent’s Book Club.) The book includes a DVD with video clips of classroom teaching.

This event is free and no registration is required.

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