As a leading distributor of educational supplies, furniture, curriculum and supplemental learning products, School Specialty, Inc. is pleased to join the Partnership for 21st Century Learning as we bring attention to the need of preparing students for a successful future. P21 is a unique coalition of businesses, educators and policymakers that promote lifelong learning through its 21st century educational framework. At the core of this is connecting the 4Cs – Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical Thinking – to all facets of teaching and learning. As a sponsor and active member of the P21, we are committed to working together to advance the mission of facilitating educational experiences that build the knowledge and skills of all learners for future success as leaders, workers and global citizens.
We are particularly thrilled to celebrate P21’s first “Skills for Today Week”, being observed April 24-28, 2017, which highlights how 21st Century Learning and the 4Cs empower students to gain these critical skills. School Specialty proudly stands with the organization and its members in raising public awareness and unlocking the opportunities for learning through:
Our people and products that are attuned to the P21 Framework: Learning Environments, Professional Development, Curriculum and Instructional Tools, Technology, STEAM, Early Learning, Makerspaces, Project Based Learning, etc.
- Our subject-matter experts who collaborate with educators to understand the critical issues affecting 21st century classrooms and to develop standards-based solutions that offer a better opportunity for every learner.
- Our delivery of innovative tools and resources that bring foundational competencies to classrooms—and position students to excel in college, career, and beyond. With an assortment of over 110,000 educational products, we cover every age and every subject area.
Our commitment to providing more choices for educators that help instill lifelong skills both in and out of school – whether it’s designing collaborative learning environments or providing carefully curated STEAM assortments for early learners.
Our support of the full 21st Century Safe School experience. We recognize that a sound education cannot exist without a secure environment for learning. We provide “best-practice” equipment, supplies and resources that help educators implement modern, safe settings that foster a passion for learning.
School Specialty is also proud to support P21’s Exemplar schools that demonstrate how the 4Cs embolden students with the skills they require for a successful future. Each Exemplar school participating in the “Skills for Today Week” will be awarded with School Specialty gift certificates.
It is truly an honor to build our partnership with the P21 coalition in its mission to implement research-based 21st Century Learning objectives that prepare our children for the challenges of work, life and citizenship – this is paramount to ensuring ongoing innovation and productivity for our nation in the global marketplace. It continues to be School Specialty’s charge to deliver end-to-end educational solutions that ensure every student reaches his or her full potential. This is our heritage and our pledge. We look forward to growing with the P21 organization for years to come!
Joseph M. Yorio
President and Chief Executive Officer
School Specialty, Inc.