The summit is designed to provide information to the entire community to raise the level of awareness of education issues. The theme of this year’s summit is “Preparing Our Children for Their Future.”
Our students will be competing for jobs with others from around the world. Employers are now looking for 21st century skills such as creativity, problem solving, communication, innovation, and critical thinking. Kentucky has adopted new curriculum standards to address the new skills. The keynote by Gene Wilhoit will address the new standards and how these standards will prepare our students and the community for the future. I have heard Mr. Wilhoit speak a couple of times in the last year; he will inspire you about the future of education.
The Kentucky Department of Education must change to meet the demands of the future. Therefore, KDE Associate Commissioner for the Office of Next Generation Learners, Felicia Cumings Smith, will be discussing the Next Generation Learners concept. Mrs. Smith is overseeing much of the work related to the implementation of the new standards.
The process of preparing our children for their future must start with the early years. It is in those years that a child’s brain is developing and habits are being formed. Therefore, there will be a session on the importance of laying a strong foundation to help students learn at high levels. There will also be a session explaining on how schools can help each and every student learn.
Active parent involvement in education raises student achievement. Many times parents simply do not know the opportunities for involvement. As a parent you will be able to attend a breakout session where a local parent will share how he became involved in Trigg County Public Schools.
Even if you are not an educator or a parent, education is important to the local community as a whole. Ultimately, the quality of education our students receive affects the wellbeing of the community and the life we all enjoy. A strong education system will help to recruit new business and industry which in turn creates new jobs. As a community member, we need you to be involved to help make a difference in our schools, no matter your role. While the entire summit will help raise your awareness, local business members will share how they have become strategic partners with the schools.
The Education Summit will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Hopkinsville Community College, 720 North Drive, Hopkinsville, KY 42240
We want to see you at this year’s Regional Education Summit. It is a tremendous opportunity to learn more about public education in our area and how you can be a more active participant in improving education for our kids. You can register online at www.hoptown.org/edsummit.