Some Forward Reaching Words from … Wait a Minute, a State Department of Education?

OK, I couldn’t resist. To be absolutely honest, I am not one bit surprised at this development, knowing the very fine and creative people from state departments of education across the country, and specifically, June Atkinson, our elected State Superintendent, whom I knew as the Director of Vocational Education Services, when I worked for the agency ages ago.

This comes to me from that Net Hauler and perpetually out side the box guy, Joe Poletti. He reports (Future Ready SBE Priorities) from our (North Carolina) state superintendent’s recent message to teachers where she says:

To begin to move North Carolina schools forward toward being future ready, the State Board of Education approved a new mission statement and goals this month. The guiding mission of the North Carolina State Board of Education is that every public school student will graduate from high school, globally competitive for work and postsecondary education and prepared for life in the 21st century.

Atkinson then lists the State Board of Education’s five goals:

NC public schools will produce globally competitive students.
NC public schools will be led by 21st century professionals.
NC public school students will be healthy and responsible.
Leadership will guide innovation in NC public schools.
NC public schools will be governed and supported by 21st century systems.

This is great news from the state that was first to implement high-stakes standardized testing. But we were also one of the first two states to invest heavily in 21st Century Skills, from The Partnership on 21st Century Skills.

I almost forgot, Poletti’s main reason for writing this entry (please read his original post) was to point out similarities between the State Board’s goals, and a media/technology services plan, called IMPACT, which has been promoted and supported by the departments Instructional Technology Division, led by Francis Bradburn.

Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.