Today is a very special day for me, and for our team at Growing Leaders. Along with Dale Alexander, president of Alexander and Company (and his team), we are hosting our very first Super Summit exclusively for superintendents of schools in Georgia. This is a first-time event for us, coming at a time when leaders must come together to determine what must be done to turn our schools around and equip students to lead in the real world. Nearly every superintendent in the state will be present to wrestle with issues like:
- How do we educate a new generation of students who are growing up online?
- How do schools not only retain students but engage them in growth?
- What soft skills and life skills can be developed in school?
- How can we prepare kids to not only survive but lead when they graduate?
- What does the future of education look like in our nation?
The most exciting part about today is that our state leaders have affirmed that this is a critical time and issue. Our Governor Nathan Deal will speak, as well as our State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. John Barge. Both of these leaders are committed to find a way to transform a system that has been wounded by cheating scandals and ineffective programs.
The good news is—there is hope. Georgia is taking steps to transform the system. Like so many other states, Georgia is full of great students who are not necessarily slow or bad or even troubled. Many are simply disengaged. Dr. John Barge has created a plan to raise test scores in reading, math and science. He’s developing a plan to build practical life skills so graduates are employable. And finally, he’s determined to find a way for schools to develop soft skills, character and leadership which they will desperately need to compete in this global economy. We are honored to work in partnership with them.
It’s been said many times over the years: necessity is the mother of invention. Today, we need innovation and renovation in our schools. Teachers are heroes, but so often they are overloaded with objectives to meet, budgets have been cut, and their hands are tied, not being able to discipline and guide their students in class. We hope this day is a launching pad for change.
I will let you know how the day goes—but we welcome your prayers!