Day 5 — What a week

Closing out the week one means we are just over 1/10 of the way through the 45 day session.  A highlight of today was a press conference where the Utah Education Roadmap was rolled out by Governor Herbert’s Education Excellence Commission.  I have been privileged to serve as a member of this commission for several years and have participated in the study and evolution of this plan.  If you only read one document suggested in my week one blog posts, this is it.  It is designed to be a strategic planning guide that brings together the common elements of stakeholder plans, providing greater alignment of the P-20 system, as well as momentum in the work to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for Utah students.  The four elements critical to achieving education success are:

  1.  Early learning
  2. Strengthen and support educators
  3. Ensure access and equity
  4. Complete certificates and degrees

Please take a look at the Utah Education Roadmap.  You’ll feel a sense of optimism for the future.  Governor Herbert’s message at the beginning of the Roadmap provides leadership, commitment and a vision for public education in Utah.  

For years, Utah has been heralded as the best state for business in the nation. This recognition is the result of tireless work by business leaders, policymakers, and Utah’s industrious, hardworking residents. Now more than ever before, it is critical that we invest this same “can-do spirit” and collaboration into our education system. I am confident that as we unite and focus, Utah can become a leader in student achievement.

Working together, our system of education has consistently improved. Implementing this Roadmap’s strategies will require maximizing existing resources while also making new investments into the education system. These investments, along with the continued dedication and hard work of Utah’s parents, educators, and students and new unprecedented levels of collaboration, will put Utah’s education system on the road to even greater success.

I express my deepest appreciation to the State Board of Education, the Board of Regents, and the Technical Colleges Board of Trustees, whose members work tirelessly on behalf of Utah students. Likewise, I commend the two years of outstanding work by my Education Excellence Commission, which has resulted in this Education Roadmap. Through data-driven decision-making and evidence-based best practices, all Utah students can have increased opportunities for educational success. I look forward to continued conversations, innovations, and collaborations as we elevate Utah’s education system for every Utah student.

And if it’s Day Five, we know it must be Friday and that means one thing and one thing only…..

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