Education Summit set for this weekend
by Travis Hamby, Trigg County Schools Superintendent
Jan 25, 2012 | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As Superintendent of Trigg County Public Schools, I am continually amazed how the community comes together and works collaboratively to support our students. From staff members in the school community to community organizations like Genesis Express & Rotary Club, to local churches and businesses, to individuals who give of their time to volunteer within the schools, everyone wants to see the students in our county excel! One thing is for sure, we can never become complacent in our collaborative endeavors. In reality, we must look to expand relationships and partnerships beyond the county boundaries to strengthen our efforts for our students. For that reason, I am excited to let you know that we have joined Christian and Todd Counties again this year for the Regional Education Summit.

The summit has been a great community wide event for the last few years. 2012 actually marks the fifth year for the Education Summit, and the third year that it has been regional in nature. The summit is designed to provide information to the entire community to raise the level of awareness of education issues and to provide opportunities for us to learn from one another. The theme of this year’s summit is “EDUCATION PAY$, Investing in Our Future.”

Beginning this school year, school districts across the state of Kentucky are implementing the Common Core Academic Standards in Language Arts and Mathematics. The implementation of the new standards seeks to increase the level of rigor in our classrooms to better prepare our students for the global economy. Many employers today are looking for skill sets commensurate with those needed to be successful in college. Therefore, it is our goal to be sure every student graduating from Trigg County Public Schools is College or Career Ready.

The quality of education our students receive affects the wellbeing of the community and the life we all enjoy. The education system has the responsibility to graduate students who will be productive members of the community. A strong education system helps 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. This investment in our students will pay dividends to the individual students and their families, and also to our community.

This year’s keynote address at the summit will be given by Bill Grace, who is a social justice activist, traveling teacher, storyteller and architect of ideas. I have been told he will inspire our community to work together to advance the common good. This involves looking into the future as to what we want to become, assessing our current reality, and taking courageous steps to realize that future.

This investment in our students requires deepening our understanding of the 21st century learner, effective practices in the classroom, and effective leadership practices with the school community and community at large. There will be a variety of breakout sessions focused on these topics. It is especially exciting to have the Executive Director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, Stu Silberman, who will be discussing leadership and school improvement from a global perspective.

The Education Summit will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Hopkinsville Community College, 720 North Drive, Hopkinsville, KY 42240

We would love to have a strong showing of Trigg County stakeholders at this Regional 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.hopkinsvilleky.us/edsummit.
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