The annual Governor’s Business Forum was held in Cheyenne this past week. I was enthused by members from Wyoming’s employer community (business and industry) who clearly value career and technical education and strong partnerships with local schools. It was heartening to learn how schools, boards, community colleges, and businesses are tackling workforce gaps together by developing apprenticeship and training programs that are connected directly to jobs. Multiple educators, students, and policymakers discussed this issue during panels, keynotes, and breakout sessions. Student representatives from our Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) participated on a panel and I received so many positive comments about their depth of knowledge and earnestness. Wyoming is in good hands with this ongoing and strong partnership!
Council of Chief State School Officers
Earlier this week, I assumed the role of president of the board of directors for the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). I have the honor of serving in this capacity for one year and have selected “Beyond the Bell” as a presidential platform – to better link learning opportunities outside of school to student outcomes.
In addition to a platform, I’ll have many opportunities to advocate nationally for students, schools, and education policy. One such event will take place in January when I co-chair a summit of state chiefs joined by national experts, educators, and other partners to examine what we know works and what must be done to improve literacy for all kids.
During my speech this week, I highlighted great “beyond the bell” work happening in Wyoming and other states. Thank you Boys and Girls Clubs, 21st Century Community Learning Center grant recipients, and numerous schools for sharing your stories about computer science and STEM learning after school and during the summer.
Memos to be released on Monday, November 18:
- 2019-138: Webinar on English Learners and Title III Funding