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Learning Point Associates Named Intel® Teach National Training Agency

Building the Capacity of Teachers to Deliver 21st Century Learning Skills to Students

February 7, 2008

Chicago—The race is on to prepare students for a 21st century global economy, and the United States is lagging behind. In a nationwide poll of registered voters, six out of 10 say our schools are not keeping pace with changing educational needs. According to Public Opinion Strategies and Peter D. Hart Research Associates, 71 percent of the survey respondents ranked computer and technology skills as the second most important 21st century skill that students need to know. The first was reading comprehension.

One way to help schools get on the fast track to success is by providing meaningful, job-embedded professional development for teachers that integrates technology in the classroom curriculum. That’s exactly what the Intel Teach Program has done for more than 4 million teachers around the world. Intel recently announced that starting this year, Learning Point Associates will be the national training agency for the Intel Teach Program in the United States.

For more than two decades, Learning Point Associates, a nonprofit research and consulting agency, has worked with educators at all levels to build capacity in technology integration for better teaching and learning. The work in which Learning Point Associates will engage to support Intel Teach is a natural fit.

Ted Stilwill, Chief Officer of Professional Services at Learning Point Associates states, "As the national training agency for the Intel Teach Program, Learning Point Associates is dedicated to supporting states and large districts to achieve the goal of preparing students for a 21st century global economy."

National training agency staff from Learning Point Associates will work directly with established Intel Teach Affiliates (ITAs) and national senior trainers to coordinate training efforts for Intel Teach courses: the Essentials Course, Essentials Online Course, Thinking With Technology Course, and Leadership Forum. Staff will support the ITAs in their efforts to build capacity to deliver statewide or districtwide training, while delivering training to teachers nationwide and supporting other initiatives in the Intel Teach Program.

"Intel believes that students deserve the skills needed to become the next generation of innovators," said Steve Andrews, Intel Teach U.S. program manager. "We are thrilled to be working with such a highly respected organization to implement the program in the U.S."

As the national training agency for the Intel Teach Program, Learning Point Associates is committed to preparing a teaching force that has a firm grasp on the use of technology in the classroom and can use that knowledge to give students a 21st century education.

About Learning Point Associates
Learning Point Associates is a nonprofit education research and consulting organization that helps clients to achieve breakthroughs that improve teaching and learning. Our research, evaluation, and professional development services provide critical support to build and sustain high-performance learning environments. With more than 20 years of direct experience working with educators and policymakers, our services are based on depth of insight from research and breadth of experience across a wide variety of schools, systems, and communities. Our approach combines applied research with fieldwork to accelerate the transformation of educational systems and teaching practices that produce sustained improvement.

Our professional staff of 150 continues to grow as our work expands both nationally and internationally with offices in Naperville and Chicago, Illinois; New York; and Washington, D.C. Since 1984, Learning Point Associates has operated the regional educational laboratory serving the Midwest—initially known as the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory® (NCREL®) and now known as REL Midwest.

About the Intel Teach Program
The Intel Teach Program—part of the Intel Education Initiative—is the most successful teacher professional development program of its kind. Working with state and local government organizations, Intel Teach builds teachers’ and students’ 21st century skills, such as digital literacy, critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration, through quality teaching and learning. This unparalleled public-private collaboration has trained more than 4 million teachers globally, and more than 300,000 teachers in the United States. Learn more at www.intel.com/education.

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