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Education leader shares his message
by Steve Beavers
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Dr. William R. Daggett has the answers when it comes to education.

All the renowned speaker needs is an audience who cares enough to listen.

Area citizens will get their chance to learn about the upcoming changes in education when Dr. Daggett, International Center for Leadership in Education CEO, speaks at the Celebration of Excellence in Education event Monday 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."

"He is an internationally recognized speaker who has a powerful message about what is right with American education," said Corinth School District Superintendent Dr. Lee Childress. "I have heard him on numerous occasions and he is able to speak about the many types of things relevant to education today."

The Commission on the Future of Alcorn County and the CARE Foundation, in cooperation with the Pierce Foundation, are sponsoring the 6:30 p.m. event. Daggett is also set to speak to city and county district educational staffs earlier in the day at the Crossroads Arena. The first session for the two staffs is scheduled for 8:30-11 a.m.

"Dr. Daggett has traveled and studied education all over the word, and he has a tremendous amount of information to back up with he says," said Dr. O. Wayne Gann, Chairman of the Mississippi State Board of Education. "The public needs to take advantage of him being here because he quiet the message … I urge people to attend Monday."

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

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.

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.

"Not only is he a national expert when it comes to education, but his company works to put ideas in place to make education better," said Childress.

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:

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

• increasing financial pressure that schools will be forced to deal with.

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

Doctorate Level sponsorships ($1,000 and up) was provided by Magnolia Regional Health Center, Pierce Foundation, Commission on the Future of Alcorn County, Dr. Vicki D. Gann, Daily Corinthian and CARE Community Foundation.

Bachelor Level Sponsors ($500-$749) for the event include: Caterpillar, Ayrshire Electronics of Mississippi, Corinth Coca-Cola Bottling Works, Commerce National Bank, NEMCC Development Foundation, Physicians Urgent Care/ Dr. and Mrs. Pat Tucker, B&B Concrete, Briggs, Inc., Little Properties, Rotary, Alcorn County Fair Association, Farm Bureau, Bailey Williams Realty, Magnolia Cardiovascular/ Dr. Max Hutchinson and Little Foods.

Associate Level sponsors ($250-$499) are Corinthian Furniture, Lamar Advertising, Long Wholesale, Corinth Brick, Brewer Oil Company, Cooley & Labas Financial Advisors, Dr. Buddy Biggers, Kiwanis, Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Stanley, Edward Jones Investments, Tull Brothers, Crossroads Arena and Magnolia Orthopedics.
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