There is a revolution afoot! We are witnessing a tectonic shift in how, when, and where people learn. Just as the information revolution dramatically transformed our nation, this learning revolution is changing the way people live and interact in the 21st century. Learning today is 24/7, continuous and on-demand. Whether age 5 or 95, learners seek educational experiences from a myriad of sources, while at home, on weekends and even while on vacation. We can no longer accept the long-held belief that the words “learning”, “education” and “school” are synonymous – today’s learners learn only a fraction of what they know in a classroom. In fact, evidence shows that the greatest disparities are linked to out-of-school opportunities. By the time they reach sixth grade, middle class students have typically had 6,000 more hours learning than students born into poverty. Most learning is free-choice, driven by an individual’s needs, interests and access to learning opportunities. The public educators of the 21st century are increasingly a mix of schools, digital media providers, businesses and the nation’s vast network of informal educational institutions and resources such as national parks, libraries, public health and environmental organizations, museums, youth serving and adult organizations.
As major informal learning providers, the National Park Service together with the National Geographic Society and the National Park Service Advisory Board, invites policy makers and educators from all sectors of the education community to join this summit and share in what will be both a celebration of learning and a call-to-action about supporting and enhancing informal/free-choice learning needed for America to remain a global leader in the Knowledge Age.
The goals of this national learning summit are:
National Geographic Society Grosvenor Auditorium
1145 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
Reservations may be made for the Courtyard Washington, DC/Foggy Bottom at our group rate of $226/night. To book you may call 1.800.228.9290 and reference the National Learning Summit Room Block, or book directly online by clicking the link below
Deadline for Booking Rooms
is March 23 - Please book now!
The summit program
The National Learning Summit program will be available in just a few weeks.