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Community urged to learn about changes in education
by Steve Beavers
Jul 15, 2013 | 53 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Changes are coming to the education system.

The Commission on the Future of Alcorn County and the CARE Foundation are taking strides to inform the community of those modifications.

Through the Celebration of Excellence in Education the two, in cooperation with the Pierce Foundation, are bringing in noted education speaker, Dr. Willard R. Daggett, to shed more light on the importance to those in Corinth and Alcorn County.

“If people miss this opportunity to hear this fellow, they are going to miss a great opportunity,” said Dr. O. Wayne Gann, Chairman of the Mississippi State Board of Education. “Dr. Daggett has traveled and studied education all over the world, and he has a tremendous amount of information to back up what he says.”

Dr. Daggett, the International Center for Leadership in Education CEO, is slated to speak at two different functions on Monday, August 5. The first session will be held from 8:30-11 a.m. at the Crossroads Arena and is for both city and county district educational staffs. A 6:30 p.m. public meeting has been scheduled for that night at the Corinth Coliseum Civic Center in downtown.

“His message needs to be heard by everyone in the city and county,” said CARE Foundation Chairman Sandy Williams. “When it comes to education he and his organization think outside the box … we are fortunate to get such an impressive speaker.”

Alcorn County School District Superintendent Gina Smith and Gann agree.

“I urge people to attend the Monday night session,” said Gann. “We need to take advantage of him being here because he has quite the message.”

“He is extremely impressive and presents very phenomenal information,” added Smith. “Dr. Daggett makes everyone aware that we need to pull together.”

Dr. Daggett, founder of the International Center for Leadership in Education in 1991, was a teacher and administrator at the secondary and postsecondary levels, and a director with the New York State Education Department prior to holding his current position. While with the education department in New York, he spearheaded restructuring initiatives to focus the state’s education system on the skills and knowledge students need in a technological, information-based society.

He has spoken to hundreds of thousands of educators and education stakeholders in all 50 states. His enlightening, entertaining, and motivating messages have helped his listeners to look at education differently by challenging their assumptions about the purposes, benefits, and effectiveness of American schools. Dr. Daggett inspires his audiences both to embrace what is best about our education system and to make the changes necessary to meet the needs of all students in the 21st century.

He is recognized worldwide for his proven ability to move pre-K-12 education systems towards more rigorous and relevant skills and knowledge for all students. He has assisted a number of states and hundreds of school districts with their school improvement initiatives. A graduate of Temple University, he has also collaborated with education ministries in several countries and with the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Governors Association, and many other national organizations. He serves on several advisory boards, including the NASA Education Advisory Board, since 2008, and the USA Today Education Advisory Board.

Daggett, the author of numerous books about learning and education, textbooks and research studies, reports, and journal articles, is the creator of the Application Model and Rigor/Relevance Framework, a practical planning and instructional tool for determining the relevance of curriculum and assessment to real-world situations. Dr. Daggett’s Rigor/Relevance Framework has become a cornerstone of many school reform efforts throughout the United States.

Last year’s, inaugural event drew around 700 people. Williams is hoping for “a crowd of 300” for the night meeting.

“Our focus needs to be on the Monday night session,” added Williams.

The Care Foundation Chairman is urging the public and businesses to help in the sponsorship of bringing in such a noted speaker.

Five different levels have been established for those willing to support the visit. They are: Doctorate – $1,000 and up; Master – $750-$999; Bachelor – $500-$749; Associate – $250-$499; and Star Student – $100-$249.

Those interested in sponsoring can contact CARE Administrative Assistant Mona Lisa Grady at 662-284-4858.

During the morning program, “Preparing for the Challenges and Opportunities of the Common Core State Standards,” Dr. Daggett will talk about the changes schools are set to face along with the impact on curriculum and instruction.

In the evening session, “Leading Change During Challenging Times–Lessons Learned from Our Nation’s Most Rapidly Improving Schools,” he will describe the implications of:

n Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Assessments, and teacher evaluation systems, and how they will fundamentally change what and how is taught.

n Increasing financial pressure that schools will be forced to deal with.

n Challenges/opportunities that emerging technologies and tech-savvy students will pose for all K-12 educators.
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