Education changes to be explored

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – A public forum tonight seeks to help parents, community leaders and others better understand dramatic changes that soon will impact Mississippi’s schools.
Bill Daggett, an internationally recognized education leader, will be the keynoter at tonight’s Forum on the Future of Education. The event will be held at BancorpSouth Arena from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the CREATE Foundation’s Toyota Education Enhancement Endowment Fund, the forum is free and open to the public. Organizers are hoping it helps not only educators, but also parents, community leaders and others in Northeast Mississippi better understand complex but important changes.
Daggett, the founder and chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education, will address the Common Core State Standards, new voluntary curriculum guidelines that 46 states, including Mississippi, have agreed to follow. The standards are designed to better prepare students for college and careers and to ensure consistency across the nation.
Daggett will speak about new state tests that will result and how they will change the way teachers must teach. He’ll explain why the changes are being made and the impact they will have.
“It is an important opportunity for community leaders, parents and educators to hear one of the leading experts in the country talk about what Common Core is going to mean to education,” said CREATE Foundation President Mike Clayborne. “This is a very complex subject, but he does an extraordinary job in explaining not only what the changes are, but why they are being made.”
Mississippi Interim State Superintendent Lynn House also will make introductory remarks. A former teacher and administrator at the secondary and post-secondary levels, Daggett has assisted a number of states and hundreds of school districts with school improvement initiatives. He also has collaborated with education ministries in several countries.
chris.kieffer@journalinc.com