Education News Alert - March 6, 2018

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

News Alert 3/6/2018

Community Members Urged to Comment on Draft Strategic Education Plan

For Immediate Release 
Contact: Claudia Y.W. Herrold, senior vice president, Communications & Public Policy, Philanthropy Ohio

Columbus – Philanthropy Ohio and the State Board of Education encourage educators, funders, parents, students and community members to engage in community conversations to provide input on Ohio’s Draft Strategic Education Plan, which will create a unified system that results in success for each student. Philanthropy Ohio President & CEO Suzanne T. Allen, Ph.D. explained that “These meetings are a unique opportunity to gather valuable input from those who care deeply about educating Ohio’s students and to shape the work going forward.”

Philanthropy Ohio, in partnership with the State Board, will host 11 regional stakeholder meetings (starting March 14) to review the plan and receive targeted feedback that will inform the final draft of the plan. Each meeting will include an introduction from State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria, a brief overview of the draft plan and group discussions around specific provisions and options. Discussions will focus on the plan’s vision for education, goal for high school graduates and strategies in teaching and learning that will enable the goal and fulfill the vision. More information on the meetings is available online

The plan will be Ohio’s roadmap for using innovative approaches to meet the state’s major education challenges. It will identify a clear, statewide goal for preK-12 education along with enabling strategies and tactics that explain how the goal will be achieved. The ultimate outcome: creating a unified system that results in success for each student.

During the last six months, the State Board of Education and the Ohio Department of Education have engaged more than 150 preK-12, higher education, business, philanthropy and community partners as well as the state legislature to craft a comprehensive strategic plan for education. This is the first such plan prepared by the state in more than a decade.

Philanthropy Ohio is an association of foundations, corporate giving programs, individuals and organizations actively involved in philanthropy in Ohio. Its mission is to provide leadership for organized philanthropy in Ohio and to enhance the ability of members to fulfill their charitable goals. It is co-hosting the regional meetings as part of its Education Initiative, a member-driven project to improve education policy in Ohio.

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