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Community Conversation Set for May 4

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Community Conversation Set for May 4
Posted on 04/27/2015
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The public is invited to a community conversation on Monday, May 4, led by Gary Marx, author of “21 Trends for the 21st Century.” Marx will explore how massive trends ongoing today,  such as rapidly changing demographics, constantly emerging technologies and environmental challenges, are having an impact on how we learn and the way we lead. As part of the event, Marx, an internationally known author, speaker and workshop leader, will then ask participants to consider implications of those trends for the future of schools and communities throughout Maine.

Greater Portland school and business leaders and other members of the community have already signed up to join in this important conversation, which will take place from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Portland Public Library’s Rines Auditorium. The event is free of charge but pre-registration is urged to ensure there’s room for all. To register, click here. Alternatively, those wanting to register can go to the calendar on the Portland Public Schools website, www.portlandschools.org, and click on May 4 and the event and click on the registration link.

The event, titled “Focusing on the Future: ‘21 Trends for the 21st Century,’ a Community Conversation,” is sponsored by the Portland Public Schools and NESDEC (New England School Development Council).

Marx’s book, “21 Trends for the 21st Century: Out of the Trenches and Into the Future” is the most recent choice of the Superintendent’s Book Club, led by Portland Public Schools Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk. For the May 4 meeting to discuss this important book, Caulk has invited the author to lead the discussion.

“This book illustrates how education has an impact on everything that happens in the world and that everything that happens in the world impacts education,” Caulk said. “The Portland Public Schools is sponsoring this event because it is a leader in continuing to explore new ways to invest in our future – and that future is our children.”

The Portland Public Schools’ third annual Principal for a Day program, run in partnership with the Portland Regional Chamber, also launches May 4. During the weeklong program, leaders of local businesses, colleges and nonprofit organizations will spend a day as guest principals at Portland’s public schools, seeing learning in action while sharing their expertise. Many of those local CEOs are expected to join the May 4 community conversation.

Among the numerous trends Marx will discuss are diversity, aging, technology, identity and privacy, the economy, jobs and careers, energy, the environment, sustainability, the international/global sphere, polarization, ethics, poverty, and work-life balance. In the education and learning sphere, he’ll focus on personalization, the need to release ingenuity and creativity, and the importance of depth, breadth, and purpose of education.

Marx is president of the Center for Public Outreach, an organization he founded in 1998, which provides counsel internationally on future-oriented leadership, communication, education, community, and democracy. He also previously was a senior executive for the American Association of School Administrators.

Copies of “21 Trends” are available at Longfellow Books for a 20 percent discount when mentioning the Superintendent’s Book Club. Longfellow also will have the book for sale at the event, at which Marx will be available for a book signing. The book also can be borrowed from the Portland Public Library.