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#19: 21st Century Skills

This week The Money JAR examines so-called ’21st Century Skills’ that have arisen in our school systems as rapidly-evolving technologies become increasingly intertwined with education. Todd and Evan speak with Lisa Gillis of Junior Achievement to explore what she calls “The Seven C’s” and how fostering these qualities is crucial for building a successful future with our kids. We also look at the role parents should and can play on the home front.


 Before joining Junior Achievement, Lisa Gillis co-founded Integrated Educational Strategies, Inc., a recognized national leader in policy, advocacy and instructional redesign for digital learning and parent advocacy/support. She began her career as a Chamber of Commerce executive and transitioned into the field of education as a classroom teacher, quickly moving into school development and administration. 

She also co-authored Virtual Schooling: a Guide to Optimizing Your Child’s Education, and has written numerous articles and frequently speaks at national events on the future of education.

Gillis holds a Master of Arts in Education from Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, Calif., and a Bachelor of Science in Institution Management from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore.