GAZeL, the Greater Arizona eLearning Association, will host a Forum on Education Reform In Arizona – Big Changes are in the Works We are inviting the public — parents, business and community representatives, teachers and education administrators, legislators and government officials to participate in this important dialog on K-12 education reform initiatives in Arizona.
They will hear about the Big Changes In The Works to prepare our students for college and careers. The Forum takes place from 12:30 – 5:00 pm at the Rio Salado College Conference Center 2323 W. 14th Street, Tempe, AZ. Free statewide audio and web conferencing will be available for those unable to attend in person.
The agenda includes presentations on education reform, questions and audience participation, a reception, exhibits, and great networking. Start time is 12:30 PM with lunch, exhibits and networking, followed by the Forum from 1:30 – 4:00 PM. The afternoon concludes with a reception from 4:00 – 5:00 PM so participants can have time for additional networking, discussion and meeting exhibitors.
Early-Bird Registration, including lunch and reception, is $15 by February 5, and $20 after. There is no charge to attend online. Additional information and registration is available on our web site at www.gazel.org or firstname.lastname@example.org or (480) 779-9818.
Steve Peters, Coordinator of GAZeL said that education is a top priority for the future of our state, our communities, and our children. There is great concern about our students being ready for college and careers. GAZeL is hosting this forum to inform the public about initiatives now being implemented, as well as plans pending legislative approval and budget decisions.
Our panel, representing the Governor’s office, business, eLearning companies, and state and district-level teachers and administrators, includes: Rebecca Gau, Director, Governor’s Office Of Education Innovation; Mark Masterson, Chief Information Officer, Arizona Department of Education; Andrew Morrill, President, Arizona Education Association; Monica Guinta, Arizona Account Executive, Edgenuity; Cathleen Barton, Education Manager, Southwest Region for Intel; and Dr. Roger Freeman, President, Arizona School Administrators and Superintendent of the Littleton Elementary School District. Topics include Arizona Ready P-20 Workforce Education Plan, new teacher evaluation systems, implementation of Arizona’s College and Career Ready (Common Core) Standards and assessments, the new statewide data system under development, broadband deployment to schools, and more.
We will also be exploring the status and role of technology and eLearning in Arizona’s education reform initiatives. The Forum will include a brief overview from each member of the panel, with ample time for questions and audience participation.
This forum is presented in collaboration with the: Arizona Telecommunications and Information Council, Arizona Technology Council, Governor’s Office Of Education Innovation, Arizona Department of Education, Arizona State Library, Coalition For The Connected West.
GAZeL, the Greater Arizona eLearning Association is Connecting Arizona’s eLearning Community. We are an alliance of eLearning providers, entrepreneurs, educators, eLearning practitioners, and consumers of eLearning and related technologies and services working together to position Arizona as a world leader in creating and adopting eLearning technologies and services. In 2014 GAZeL will engage in initiatives such as forums, networking events, the development of an Arizona eLearning Technologies and Services Directory, facilitating an eLearning Roundtable, and more. See our web site for more information about GAZeL.