SAS online curriculum expert to address global education policy forum
SAS® Curriculum Pathways® director discusses technology's role in developing 21st century skills
CARY, NC (Nov. 04, 2010) – The international Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) brings together education experts, business leaders and policymakers from around the world to discuss the future of global education. SAS is a longtime advocate for technology in education and is represented at the OECD Education Policy Forum in Paris by Bruce Friend, Director of SAS Curriculum Pathways.
"Strong education is the key to sustainable economic recovery and improved opportunities for all," said Friend. "This event offers a rare global perspective on what is often considered a national or local problem, but the successes at those narrower levels often inform the bigger picture."
SAS, the leader in business analytics software and services, champions many programs that strive to integrate technology into education to engage students, empower teachers and teach 21st century skills, such as advanced data analysis. In addition to allowing professors to integrate SAS software into instruction at no cost, SAS supports efforts such as 1:1 laptop learning, algebra readiness, SAS programming for high schools and a master's degree in advanced analytics.
Also at no cost to educators, SAS Curriculum Pathways offers rich, interactive online resources in the core disciplines of science, math, social studies, English and Spanish. The standards-based content for grades 6-12 – used by thousands of educators in all 50 states – contains more than 1,200 academic resources, including lessons, engaging activities and interactive teaching tools, plus links to more than 4,000 academically appropriate websites.
Through these programs and others, SAS has reached more than 47,000 teachers and 150,000 students.
Friend will participate in a discussion, "New Needs, New Skills," about the skills required for strong, sustainable and equitable growth in the 21st century. Today's education and training systems need to prepare learners for more rapid change than ever before for jobs not yet created, using technologies not yet invented, to solve problems still unforeseen.
The OECD Education Policy Forum, part of the 2010 OECD Education Ministerial meeting, will share results with ministers of education around the world. The high-level, invitation-only policy forum is open to journalists. To maximize public access to the debates, the event will feature live Web streaming beginning at 9:00 a.m. CET on Nov. 4 and will be archived.
About SAS in Education
Since 1976, SAS has been leading the way in integrating technology into education to improve student learning and success throughout the education life cycle. Since the beginning, SAS has been dedicated to teaching and learning, now even more with our OnDemand solutions for academics. In addition, SAS offers a range of other options to education – including on-premise or hosted administrative offerings that supply SAS customers with the accurate and reliable information and analysis they need to make the best data-driven decisions possible.
SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through innovative solutions delivered within an integrated framework, SAS helps customers at more than 45,000 sites improve performance and deliver value by making better decisions faster. Since 1976 SAS has been giving customers around the world
The Power to Know®