Partnership for 21st Century Skills

In June 2007, South Dakota became the fifth state to join the Partnership for 21st Century Skills’ State Leadership Initiative. The national initiative promotes the teaching and learning of 21st century skills. Twenty-first century skills have been defined by business leaders as those skills necessary for young people to live and work in today’s highly competitive, global economy. They include skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, leadership and technology literacy. As part of its involvement in the Partnership, South Dakota has created a P21 Advisory Council. This group of business leaders and policy makers will advise state education leaders on the effectiveness of South Dakota’s education system, from pre-kindergarten to the doctoral level.

Advisory Council
Dr. Tad Perry, Board of Regents
Dr. Rick Melmer, Department of Education
Dale Bertsch, Governor’s Office
Harvey Jewett, Board of Regents
Terry Baloun, Board of Regents
Dr. Kelly Duncan, Board of Education
Don Kirkegaard, Board of Education
Dr. Richard Gross, Technical Institutes
Rep. Phyllis Heineman, House Education
Senator Ed Olson, Senate Education
Senator Dave Knudson, Senate Majority Leader
Rep. Clayton Halverson, House of Representatives
Rep. Tim Rave, House Speaker Pro Tempore
Barry Martin, U.S. Bank of South Dakota
David Owen, SD Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Mark Johnston, Sanford Health
Dana Dykhouse, First Premier Bank
Mark Buche, Tessier’s Inc., Mitchell
Brad Drake, Ultra Inc., Watertown
Fred Slunecka, Avera McKennan
Rick Duimstra, Applied Engineering, Yankton