Event date: 02/23/2010
Education Commissioner Dwight Jones
On February 23, 2010 members of the CSDC Board met with the Colorado Commissioner of Education, Dwight Jones. Our purpose was to:
The Commissioner talked about his vision for the work of CDE, Forward Thinking, and his belief that the work is about support and service to the schools in Colorado. He emphasized that it is important to “allow ourselves to be smarter tomorrow than we are today.” Flexibility is a significant tenet in his work. And it is imperative that teachers’ voices are heard. They are critical in the planning process. In addition Commissioner Jones stressed the importance of internal capacity in organizations and his focus on building that internal capacity at CDE.
He shared his thoughts about the challenges Colorado faces with limited funding, and identified areas of need for CDE. Some of those areas include the following:
The Commissioner also shared information about the Race to the Top grant application. Colorado will know sometime in March if it is one of three states to be invited to defend its application in round one or if it will be considered in round two. He encouraged CSDC to look for connections in the Race to the Top grant application.
As a result of today’s dialogue, we were invited to have additional conversations with the Commissioner and his staff about the crossover work that we might share. We are also hopeful that the Leadership Forum originally scheduled for February 23rd can be rescheduled sometime during the 2010-2011 school year.
To access pertinent information and answers to some of your questions about Colorado education go to . www.schoolview.org.
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