Monday, January 17, 2011

IT Innovation Summit - Sacramento: California Teachers Lead the Way

Call for Participation!
Please consider getting involved with this important initiative to support California teachers and students in the classroom. This call for participation aims to serve as a call for your participation as a guest speaker, panelist, attendee and or supporter. If you know of any teachers, faculty or administrators in California that might have an interest in participating please pass this along.
If you have an interest in participating as an attendee or panelist please follow the link below to the IT Innovation Summit website or drop me a note at the e-mail address listed below.
Teachers and Administrators:
Please review the enclosed press release and consider registering for this professional development event for teachers and administrators that have programs in the Information Technology (IT) and the New Media Sector. The and the initiatives provide you with information to help build a stronger program at your school and district.
This summit brings together industry representatives and educational leaders to discuss how to prepare students for jobs in Health IT, Green IT and Web Design, Web Development and New Media occupations. As you know, IT jobs are found in nearly all businesses today and have a great impact on whether or not a business is competitive.
IT Innovation Summit - Sacramento: California Teachers Lead the Way
Leading education and Information Technology (IT) professionals are gathering to improve student outcomes. The goal of this summit is to promote partnerships, innovative strategies and student engagement that lead to information technology core education and skills in the classroom that will ensure success in a global economy. The summit takes place March 3, 2011 in Sacramento, CA. in conjunction with the 2011 Educating for Careers Conference.

The major theme of the summit will focus on how IT is integrated into all sectors of our economy and society. In order to promote California's competitiveness teachers will learn how the convergence of TV and the Web and how it will relate to business functions and jobs. “IT Innovation is growing in importance and is attracting capital investment to support innovation that will generate higher quality jobs which is vital to California's ability to compete successfully in a global information and knowledge based economy” said Bill Cullifer, Executive Director for and Chair of the IT Innovation Summit series.

Press reports reflect that, in the last two decades there has been a significant change in the competitive global landscape, and the next ten will likely prove to be even more challenging. Despite the best efforts by many dedicated professionals and multiple success stories, California is not adequately preparing students with the skills required for employment in the new millennium. China, India and other emerging markets, on the other hand, are exceeding California's investments in areas of innovation and job creation. The IT Innovation Summit in Sacramento will provide teachers with information on how to provide relevant instruction in the areas of Green IT, Health IT, Web design and development.

“Californians must come together to significantly improve secondary and post secondary education and the desire for life long learning. To that end, the IT Innovation Summit - Sacramento will promote key insights in developing and nurturing business and community partnerships and relationships which have a direct impact on student outcomes and their pathways to college and careers. The session presenters will explore options that administrators have with respect to keeping their institutions relevant and engaging." said Cullifer.

Andy Vaughan, Director of Strategic Programs for Monster, Inc., agrees, “A new shortage of skills and talent in IT and business is threatening business growth and many industries are facing large-scale retirements with no one to fill those jobs. Traditional technical IT skills will not suit the burgeoning demand for developing IT and business together.” Vaughan said, “Education and training are the key to the solution and we’re pleased to be involved with a statewide initiative to promote jobs in California.”

Sponsored by the initiative and established to get students ready for IT and New Media careers, the IT Innovation Summit - Sacramento discussions will cover topics ranging from how to implement effective practices and gain industry support.

Supporters of the IT Innovation Summit series include, the State of California Department of Education and the Chancellors Office, Santa Clara Department of Education, the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Microsoft’s WebsiteSpark program and many other companies in California which are involved in IT and New Media.

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