Education reform and transformation: Fact or Fiction?
Sponsored by the CSG Education Public Policy Committee
Saturday, Sept. 21, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Overhauling education, reform, transformation … what do the words really mean to state policymakers? This session will address investments in qualified personnel, effective programs, increased expectations and strategies to build job competencies and support economic development. Learn how to develop transformative policy that is aligned, scalable, sustainable and provides the financial resources for implementation with fidelity.
Teacher, Corbin Middle School (KY), 2013 Kentucky Teacher of the Year
Superintendent of Public Instruction, Idaho State Department of Education
Superintendent of Instruction, Maine Department of Education
Teacher, Andover Public Schools (KS), 2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year
Kristal Doolin is a National Board Certified 7th grade language arts teacher at Corbin Middle School in Corbin, Kentucky with 16 years of experience. She is the 2013 Kentucky Teacher of the Year and also serves as her school's Gifted and Talented Coordinator. Kristal makes it her goal each year to inspire her students to love reading and see value in their writing. On a mission to give students their best year of language arts ever, she prides herself on building a community in her classroom by embracing technology as both a motivator and an integral part of our students' future. According to Kristal, our classrooms should be “living” spaces growing and changing as needed with lessons always ready for the revision required to fit the needs of our audience.
Tom Luna was sworn into a second term as Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2011. Since taking office, he has worked to ensure every student graduates from high school prepared to go on to postsecondary education or the workforce without the need for remediation. Superintendent Luna has worked closely with Governor Otter to reform Idaho’s education system to accomplish this goal. He has served has the President of the Council of Chief State School Officers, a nationwide organization that brings together the top education leaders from every state, and he currently serves as on the National Assessment Governing Board. Superintendent Luna originally moved to Idaho with his wife Cindy more than 30 years ago. They have raised six children in Idaho, all of whom have graduated from public schools. They are the proud grandparents of eight grandchildren.
Donald Siviski serves as the Maine State Superintendent of Instruction. He has been a teacher, principal and superintendent during his 42-year career. His current responsibilities are focused upon building the collective capacity of every Maine school district to ensure that a "proficiency-based diploma" is realized by each Maine learner. He is a husband, dad to three and a “Grampy” to five.