Feb. 20, 2013 — Educators from across the state and representatives from many of Kentucky’s higher education institutions will come together for the “Commonwealth Commitment Summit,” which takes place Feb. 27 – March 1 at the Embassy Suites in Lexington.
The Summit’s guests will include K-12, Postsecondary and Adult Education faculty and staff. They will share their successes related to the landmark commitment and legislation outlined in Unbridled Learning, an initiative established by Senate Bill 1 in 2009 in cooperation with the Council on Postsecondary Education. The initiative focuses on helping students from elementary through secondary school be better prepared for college and careers.
The event’s objective is to have participants engaged in the college and career readiness activities occurring in the state and leave better informed on how to institute college and career readiness success in their region.
Attending the Summit will be colleagues from Morehead State University, Northern Kentucky University, Western Kentucky University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, KCTCS, Campbell County Schools, Montgomery County Schools and Kentucky Christian University among others.
“What this Summit is about is what these folks have been able to do to concentrate on the particular needs of the students,” said Aaron Thompson, a keynote speaker at the Summit, senior vice president for academic affairs at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and a professor of sociology in the department of educational leadership and policy studies at Eastern Kentucky University. “The more we get people involved in this at this level with knowledge as well as know-how, we’ll have a better opportunity to accomplish the agenda we set out to do.”
The format will include short presentations followed by Q&A and roundtable discussions to encourage dynamic dialogue between and among the participants and presenters. The summit will cover topics like Kentucky Core Academic Standards (KCAS) – (Common Core), Literacy and Writing, Public/Public and Public/Private Partnerships, Counseling and Advising, Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s), KY Partnership Academies, STEM Initiatives and Math Readiness, Adult Education, K-12 Improvement Strategies and Faculty Professional Development.
Participants from their respective institutions will receive free summit registration, lodging and meals (breakfast & lunch) for up to four representatives. They will be responsible for any travel expenses to the event.