Iowa Education Summit


Our Future Depends on World-Class Schools

Iowa Education Summit, July25-26, 2011, Hy-Vee Hall 730 Third Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

May 3, 2011 

Dear Iowans,
Governor Branstad & Lt. Governor Kim ReynoldsThank you for your interest in the Iowa Education Summit. The purpose is to build a consensus for how to give all students a
world-class education, no matter where they live. We need your help to do that.

Iowa has many good schools. At the same time, we must face this fact: Iowa’s drop in the rankings on the only national exam measuring performance in math and reading is alarming. Iowa used to be a top performer on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, but that’s no longer the case.

You can see where Iowa stands in the Iowa Report Card. Other states that put ambitious reforms in place have passed us by. But Iowa can again claim the best schools in the country.

A world-class education must include strong knowledge and skills in math, science, English and social studies. It also means the ability to think critically, solve problems and communicate effectively. Education in the arts and foreign languages is important. So is learning how to be a good citizen.

Research shows that the world’s best performing schools have highly effective educators, rigorous academic standards and assessments, and plenty of help for children who don’t understand something.

Summit speakers and panel participants will share their ideas for how to give all students a globally competitive education. If you can’t attend the summit, you can watch it online. We also will gather recommendations from Iowans who attend the summit and from other residents around the state.

Iowans historically have been committed to giving our children a great education. Now is no time to be complacent. We have a strong foundation to build upon to continue our proud tradition.

Sincerely,

Gov. Terry E. Branstad
Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds

 

Watch Roundtables on What Should Change

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Teacher Scott Schoneberg working with 10th grader Thanh N. Lai in his combined Des Moines’ Central Academy Advanced Placement Environmental Science and Iowa Baccalaureate Environmental Systems and Societies.

Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will hold three roundtable discussions before the Iowa Education Summit to learn more about changes needed to create world-class schools.

They will meet July 13 with (1) business leaders to talk about what qualities, skills and knowledge they want in a globally competitive workforce; (2) college presidents and K-12 educators on how to better prepare more students for higher education and post-secondary training; and (3) classroom teachers on what they need to be more effective. Linda Fandel, the governor’s special assistant for education, and Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass will moderate the conversations, which will be live-streamed. Read more about the roundtable participants.

The Iowa Education Summit will be held July 25-26 at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.

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