Felicia Cumings Smith to Present at the 2012 School Improvement Innovation Summit

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Kentucky’s Associate Commissioner of Education shares her blueprint for total school transformation

The annual Innovation Summit offers a unique opportunity for leaders in the education industry to sit down together, debate tactics, and exchange ideas that will ultimately advance education

Felicia Cumings Smith, Associate Commissioner of Education for the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), will discuss the dramatic changes seen in Kentucky’s K-12 education with attendees of the 2012 School Improvement Innovation Summit, July 16-17 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Smith has been instrumental in implementing rigorous new standards in her state that align with national Common Core Standards.

With a goal of 65 percent of students both college and career ready by 2015, Kentucky has positioned itself as a national leader in implementing the Common Core Standards. Smith will share the radically innovative strategies put in place at every level to reach this goal, the exciting results already achieved in 2012, and the lessons learned along the way. Topics to be covered include the KDE’s new, balanced assessment and accountability system, their intensive PD initiative, and the new system of collaboration with post-secondary education so all students can be prepared for life and career after school.

“The annual Innovation Summit offers a unique opportunity for leaders in the education industry to sit down together, debate tactics, and exchange ideas that will ultimately advance education,” says Chet Linton, President and CEO of School Improvement Network. “We encourage all attending state, district and school leaders to speak up, share experiences, and discuss their most successful strategies during this highly collaborative summit.”

The 2012 Innovation Summit will include the following strands:

  •     Successful Implementation of the Common Core Standards
  •     Equity Tied to Practice that Works for All Students
  •     Innovative Leadership that Leads to 100% College and Career Readiness
  •     Innovations in On-Demand PD
  •     Innovative Partner Products

Additionally, in response to numerous requests for in-depth work sessions on mapping to the Common Core, a separate, two-day intensive workshop has been added to the program this year— the Common Core Institute — hosted and lead by Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, a nationally recognized expert on the Common Core. This highly interactive two-day workshop will provide unique, personalized Common Core training, including an introduction to LiveBook and LivePlanner, available only through School Improvement Network.

Register today to take advantage of the early bird discounts for both events at http://www.siis2012.com.

About Felicia Cumings Smith
Felicia Cumings Smith serves as associate commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Education’s Office of Next Generation Learners. Smith has oversight of three divisions within the office: Program Standards, Learning Services, and Next Generation Professionals. The work of these divisions is centered around P-12 teaching and learning for all students; standards development, and subject-area resources; school readiness initiatives; alternative learning options for students including Response to Intervention; college and career readiness initiatives; educator effectiveness; and development and implementation of a new teacher and leader evaluation system.

About School Improvement Network
Founded in 1991 by teachers, the School Improvement Network provides comprehensive, research-based professional development anytime, anywhere. As the home of The Video Journal of Education, PD 360, Equity 360, Observation 360, the Learning 360 Framework, and Common Core 360, School Improvement Network resources focus on the most relevant topics, feature top experts, and show educators how to put theory into practice. School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world and has visited more than 3,000 classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at http://www.schoolimprovement.com.

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Duane “DJ” Sprague
Vice President Marketing
School Improvement Network


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