September 8th and 9th
2017 Verde Valley Forum for Public Affairs
STRENGTHENING PRE-K-12 EDUCATION IN THE VERDE VALLEY REGION
Our 2017 Verde Valley Forum entitled Strengthening Pre-K-12 Education in the Verde Valley Region will be held on September 8th -9th at the Beaver Creek School in Rimrock, AZ.
Participants and staff may arrive early (4 pm) for an optional tour of the historic, quaint stone Beaver Creek School built in 1938, and preserved on the site of the current campus.
A school cafeteria style dinner will be served at 5:30 pm followed by our keynote speaker, Dr. Lattie Coor, Chairman and CEO of the Center for the Future of Arizona. Dr. Coor is a compelling and informative speaker who graciously spoke at last year's Forum pertaining to the future of secondary education in the Verde Valley region which provided an excellent jump start to a very successful event.
At 7:30 pm, for those who are interested in star gazing, there will be telescopes set up in the outdoor circular patio of Beaver Creek School for your viewing pleasure and entertainment courtesy of the Astronomers of the Verde Valley. Their members will be present to guide, direct you and answer questions about night skies over the Verde.
We will reconvene early on Saturday morning (7 am) for a continental breakfast followed by a Panel Discussion with the Education Leaders of the Verde Valley. The panel will consist of six local public school superintendents and a past principal of a local private parochial school. This interesting and informative prelude to the day's break out sessions will be moderated by Mark Joraanstad, Executive Director, Arizona School Administrators Association.
At 8:30 am, participants will break out into their small groups to begin tackling the days topics broken down into four segments and time slots as follows:
8:30 AM TOPIC 1
The Current State of PreK-12 Education in the Verde Valley Region
9:15 AM Group Findings and Conclusions
9:30 AM TOPIC 2
Strengthening PreK-12 Educational Outcomes in the Verde Valley Region
10:15 AM Group Findings and Conclusions
10:30 AM Morning Break and Refreshments
10:45 AM TOPIC 3
Increasing Stakeholder Interest, Engagement, and Collaborative Relationships to Strengthen PreK-12 Education in the Verde Valley Region
11:30 AM Group Findings and Conclusions
12 PM School Cafeteria Lunch
Presentation: Yes, We Can Afford the Education Our Children Deserve
Dick Foreman, President and CEO, Arizona Business & Education Coalition
1:30 PM TOPIC 4
Improving the Amount and Methods of Funding Pre-K-12 Schools in the State of Arizona
2:15 PM Group Findings and Conclusions
2:30 PM Set Prioritized Goals for Strengthening PreK-12 Education in the Verde Valley Region
3:15 Goals Announced
3:30 PM Afternoon Break and Refreshments
3:45 PM Develop Action Plans to Implement Prioritized Goals. Identify Responsible Parties for Moving Action Forward.
4:30 PM Action Plans and Action Leaders Announced
5:00 PM Final Conclusions and Forum Adjourns