Public forum on education set for April 22

April 21, 2014

RIO GRANDE, Ohio – Anyone interested in education reform and the important issues facing public education are encouraged to join the University of Rio Grande for a Regional Community Forum on Tuesday, April 22.

The 6 p.m. forum at Jackson High School, room 110, is hosted by Rio Grande and Shawnee State University and sponsored by the Southeast Ohio Teacher Development Collaborative.

“The forums are a unique opportunity for area residents and educators to receive current information in a face-to-face setting with leaders in education, especially from the state level,” said Dr. Nanetta Fults, an assistant professor of Education and chair of the Bunce School of Education at Rio Grande.

“Attendees can ask questions, enter into discussions with others, and offer their insights and experiences,” Fults said. “We hope the participants will come away from the forum with a better understanding of these critical educational issues but also feel that they have had an opportunity to provide input from their perspective, whether that be parent, community member or educator.”

The forum will focus on three primary topics:

• Teacher Performance Assessment (EdTPA): the AACTE and the Council for Chief State School Officers are collaborating to develop a national pre-service teacher performance assessment for teacher preparation institutions across multiple states. EdTPA is intended to be used for teacher licensure and to support state and national program accreditation.

• Ohio’s new learning standards: ensures students have practical experience applying math, reading and writing skills to real-world scenarios.

• District Building Report Cards: the report card is designed as a tool for comparative and summary analysis within a district and between districts.

A panel of leaders in the education field will discuss these key topics and field questions from the audience. The panel includes: Rebecca Watts, Ohio Board of Regents; Ellen Adornetto, Ohio Education Association; Brian Roget, Ohio Department of Education; Gay Lynn Shipley, Shawnee State University faculty; and Jodi Dunham, Valley High School teacher.

The Southeast Ohio Teacher Development Collaborative is a consortium of five southeastern Ohio universities and colleges – University of Rio Grande, Shawnee State University, Ohio University, Muskingum University and Marietta College – designed to improve teacher preparation and professional development for teachers.