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    The effort to Reimagine Columbus Education will begin in earnest on Jan. 11, the Columbus Education Commission announced today. The commission announced the schedule of six public meetings it will use to develop recommendations about the future of Columbus education.

    The full schedule of meetings is listed below.

    Each meeting will address two topics about the future of education and feature expert speakers about those subjects. The public is encouraged to attend.

    “Education impacts our entire community, and we hope as many people as possible will join us in this conversation about how to improve teaching and learning for all students,” said Commission Director Eric Fingerhut.

    “Attend a meeting, tune in to the broadcasts online, visit our website, and connect with us on Twitter,” Fingerhut said.

    The 25-person commission of education, community and business leaders was appointed by Mayor Michael Coleman and City Council President Andrew Ginther. The commission plans to complete draft recommendations by April.

    Each meeting will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Locations are still being finalized, but these are the meeting dates:

    1. Friday, Jan. 11

    2. Thursday, Jan. 24

    3. Friday, Feb. 8

    4. Monday, Feb. 18

    5. Wednesday, March 6

    6. Thursday, March 21

    The list of subjects to be considered are listed on our website, ReimagineColumbusEducation.org. The schedule of which topics will be addressed at each meeting will be announced soon.

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    Columbus Education Commission Established
    Published on December 14, 2012 9:25 am
    By: Walker

    Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman and City Council President Andrew Ginther announced yesterday the formation of the Columbus Education Commission (CEC) and introduced its 25 members. The CEC is charged with examining the current state of the Columbus City School district and figuring out the challenges and opportunities that children within the district face.

    READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/columbus-education-commission-established

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    Big Topics on Tap for Friday Meeting on Education

    A child who isn’t reading proficiently by third grade is four times more likely to end up dropping out of school.

    And every school district in Ohio must be teaching a curriculum called the Common Core by the coming school year.

    These are two of the reasons that that Columbus Education Commission will be addressing state/federal education policy and early childhood education for its first meeting of 2013. The Jan. 11 agenda also will include a lunchtime panel about the lessons learned at two high-performing public schools.

    The public is welcome to attend the meeting, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be held at Columbus State Community College’s Center for Workforce Development (see map). The schedule is:

    • 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Focuses on the impact of state and federal laws on schools and what legislative changes are on the horizon. Speakers include Bart Anderson and Tom Goodney of the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio.

    • 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Panel discussion about high-performing schools with Alesia Gillison, principal of Eastmoor Academy, and Tina Thomas-Manning, former principal of Hannah Ashton Middle School.

    • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The commission will consider what the community must do to get every child ready to start school and how to ensure students who start behind catch up. Mark Real of KidsOhio.org and Sasheen Phillips of the Ohio Department of Education will help provide an overview of the key issues in early childhood education, and several providers will offer their perspectives during a second panel discussion.

    “To begin this effort, we’re learning about the requirements schools already face and what puts the youngest children in our community on a path to success,” said Commission Director Eric Fingerhut. “This event marks the start of our dialogue about what works and what’s next for education in Columbus.”

    As part of the effort to involve the entire community in the effort to Reimagine Columbus Education, our website and Twitter feed (@ReimagineCbusEd) will provide updates throughout the day and link to a live webcast of the meeting.

    Because the commission has a full agenda, there won’t be a public comment period during the meeting. Instead, the commission encourages people to share their thoughts on ReimagineColumbusEducation.org and through the #CbusEdu hashtag on Twitter. Community forums are also being scheduled so that people can directly address members of the commission.

    The full agenda for the meeting is attached or available here.

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    Columbus Education Commission Discusses Ways To Save Money
    January 11, 2013
    by Mandie Trimble
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    Members of the Columbus Education Commission met Friday to continue to look for ways to improve Columbus City Schools. WOSU reports a review of the school district’s non-academic business was ordered. In a unanimous roll call, Columbus Education Commission members voted to evaluate Columbus City Schools’ “business functions.” The review would include areas such as human resources, the central office, and transportation and food services.

    READ MORE: http://wosu.org/2012/news/2013/01/11/columbus-education-commission-discusses-ways-to-save-money/

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    Columbus Schools, Mayor’s Commission Disagree Over Request To Review Books
    Wednesday January 16, 2013 5:25 PM

    Mayor Michael Coleman handpicked 25 people to serve on the newly-formed Columbus Educational Commission a little over a month ago. But when the group offered to review the district’s books, the school board balked. School Board President Carol Perkins said an honest discussion about the commission’s request was misunderstood as an attempt to block the review.

    READ MORE: http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2013/01/16/columbus-school-board-commission-disagree-over-books.html

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    Community Forums on Education Starting Soon

    Columbus residents are invited to public forums in all four quadrants of the city to share their ideas about education.

    The Columbus Education Commission today announced eight forums from Feb. 5 to March 7. Each forum will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and dinner will be provided.

    Forum dates

    · Tuesday, Feb. 5: Wedgewood Middle School, 3800 Briggs Rd.

    · Wednesday, Feb. 6: Centennial High School, 1441 Bethel Rd.

    · Tuesday, Feb. 12: Linden-McKinley STEM Academy, 1320 Duxberry Ave.

    · Tuesday, Feb. 19: South High School, 345 E. Deshler Ave.

    · Wednesday, Feb. 20: Briggs High School, 2555 Briggs Rd.

    · Tuesday, Feb. 26: Buckeye Middle School, 2950 Parsons Ave.

    · Tuesday, March 5: Columbus Collegiate Academy-West, 115 S. Gift St.

    · Thursday, March 7: East High School, 1500 E. Broad St.

    The forums join a broad list of ways that residents can participate in the effort to Reimagine Columbus Education. Other opportunities include:

    · ReimagineColumbusEducation.org, which includes information about the commission’s work and opportunities to comment,
    · a Twitter feed (@ReimagineCbusEd) that shares research and live-tweets commission meetings
    · focus groups with selected parents, students, educators and leaders of the city’s civic, business and faith communities;
    · and “Tell Us Your Good Idea for Education in Columbus” postcards distributed through Columbus City Schools and charter schools, Columbus Metropolitan Library branches, Head Start centers, Columbus Housing Partnership properties and churches/synagogues.
    The public is also encouraged to attend official meetings of the Columbus Education Commission. The next commission meeting is Thursday, Jan. 24, at Ohio State University, and the agenda will focus on how to define success and how technology could help individualize instruction for students and expand learning opportunities.

    The agenda for the meeting is available here. The background materials that have been sent to the commission are available under our Background reading page (under the Get info menu).

    Because the commission has a full agenda, there won’t be a public comment period during the official meeting. Instead, the commission encourages people to share their thoughts on http://www.ReimagineColumbusEducation.org and through the #CbusEdu hashtag on Twitter.

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    School Issues: By the Numbers
    Published on January 30, 2013 8:00 am
    By: Miriam Bowers Abbott

    In order to address the well-publicized woes of Columbus City Schools, the mayor has assembled a commission to fix the problems. One of the commission’s early ideas has been to improve access to preschool education.

    The proposal is a little puzzling.

    READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/school-issues-by-the-numbers-ma1

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    Education forums start on North and Southwest Side

    Residents on the North and Southwest Sides are invited to share their thoughts at the first of eight open forums about the future of education in Columbus. The forums on Tuesday and Wednesday are part of a series that will be held through March 7.

    Also this week, the public is encouraged to listen in on the third full-day meeting of the Columbus Education Commission. Friday’s briefing will focus on two new topics: career readiness and attracting/retaining quality teachers and principals.

    On Tuesday, Wedgewood Middle School will host the first community forum on education. The second forum will take place Wednesday at Centennial High School. Both will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Over the following five weeks, forums will be held in schools throughout the city so that all Columbus residents have a chance to join the conversation.

    The forums are designed to spark conversations among the community, so residents who attend will break into small groups to discuss education in Columbus. Each group will then present their ideas to the entire audience.

    The suggestions from each forum will be shared with the Columbus Education Commission as it looks for recommendations to help kids in Columbus succeed in school and life.

    Forum dates

    · Tuesday, Feb. 5: Wedgewood Middle School, 3800 Briggs Rd.

    · Wednesday, Feb. 6: Centennial High School, 1441 Bethel Rd.

    · Tuesday, Feb. 12: Linden-McKinley STEM Academy, 1320 Duxberry Ave.

    · Tuesday, Feb. 19: South High School, 1160 Ann St.

    · Wednesday, Feb. 20: Briggs High School, 2555 Briggs Rd.

    · Tuesday, Feb. 26: Buckeye Middle School, 2950 Parsons Ave.

    · Tuesday, March 5: Columbus Collegiate Academy-West, 115 S. Gift St.

    · Thursday, March 7: East High School, 1500 E. Broad St.

    On Friday, the commission will return to Columbus State Community College for its next meeting. The public is welcome to attend the meeting, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Columbus State Community College’s Center for Workforce Development (see map).

    This week’s topics are:

    · Morning: Career Readiness and Business Engagement – What are best practices for helping students prepare for careers? How can the educational system and employers work together to create successful outcomes for students and businesses?

    · Afternoon: Quality teachers and principals – How do we recruit and retain the best teachers and principals? How does current practice support or undermine this goal?

    Background materials and a detailed meeting agenda will be posted next week to http://www.ReimagineColumbusEducation.org.

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    Press Release:
    Community forum on education Tuesday night
    Feb. 11, 2013

    UPCOMING DATES
    · Tuesday, Feb. 12: Community forum at Linden-McKinley STEM Academy
    · Monday, Feb. 18: Columbus Education Commission meets to discuss charter schools and facilities/neighborhoods

    NEWS OF THE WEEK

    More than 600 residents have already shared their ideas for improving local education as public forums continue throughout the city.

    The third community forum will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Linden-McKinley STEM Academy, 1320 Duxberry Rd. In all, there will be eight forums, with two in each quadrant of the city.

    Students, parents and other concerned residents provided valuable insights to the Columbus Education Commission at the two forums last week. About 75 people attended those sessions, and the commission is also collecting ideas through a postcard campaign, ReimagineColumbusEducation.org and @reimaginecbused.

    Summaries of the previous public forums are posted on ReimagineColumbusEducation.org.

    The forums are designed to spark conversations among the community, so residents who attend break into small groups to discuss education in Columbus. Each group then present their ideas to the entire audience.

    The suggestions from each forum will be shared with the Columbus Education Commission as it looks for recommendations to help kids in Columbus succeed in school and life.

    Forum dates

    · Tuesday, Feb. 12: Linden-McKinley STEM Academy, 1320 Duxberry Ave.

    · Tuesday, Feb. 19: South High School, 1160 Ann St.

    · Wednesday, Feb. 20: Briggs High School, 2555 Briggs Rd.

    · Tuesday, Feb. 26: Buckeye Middle School, 2950 Parsons Ave.

    · Tuesday, March 5: Columbus Collegiate Academy-West, 115 S. Gift St.

    · Thursday, March 7: East High School, 1500 E. Broad St.

    NEXT COMMISSION MEETING

    The next full-day meeting of the Columbus Education Commission will take place Friday at the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. The topics:

    · Encouraging the growth of high performing charter schools – What are national best practices and how does that compare to the situation here?

    · Facilities and neighborhoods – How can we make the facilities used by the district optimal spaces for learning, parental engagement and community pride? How does student assignment and school choice impact these issues?

    The public is welcome to attend the meeting, watch a live stream on ReimagineColumbusEducation.org or follow live tweets from @reimaginecbused at the hashtag #cbusedu.

    Background materials and a detailed meeting agenda will be posted this week to ReimagineColumbusEducation.org.

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    School Issues: Groce’s Got A Brand New Bag
    Published on February 13, 2013 9:55 am
    By: Miriam Bowers Abbott

    It’s been over a year since Steph Groce left the school board. Armed with a giant intellect and a tireless love of research, Groce was a popular board member. At least, she was popular with the public… when Groce departed, her collegues showered her with faint farewell praises at her last meeting.

    Groce is still making a difference. Groce has been busy comparing the present state of dissatisfaction with city schools to prior states of dissatisfaction with city schools. And she just launched her findings on a new website.

    READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/school-issues-groces-got-a-brand-new-bag-ma1

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    School Issues: Students Smarter in Kindergarten than Third Grade
    Published on February 18, 2013 12:00 pm
    By: Miriam Bowers Abbott

    Last week, former Columbus City Schools board member Steph Groce unleashed her intellect and slew of education documents on her new website. This week, she dropped the bombshell.

    Groce looks at Kindergarten Readiness scores at local schools, and compares those scores to performance data on third grade proficiency tests.

    READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/school-issues-students-smarter-in-kindergarten-than-third-grade-ma1

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