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Mentor School Principal Erin Wheeler Joins Council of State Governments' Deeper Learning Focus Group

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    Ben Smith

The Council of State Governments (CSG) has invited Erin Wheeler of Clairemont Elementary School in Decatur, Georgia to join a select group of leading policymakers and educators as a member of the Deeper Learning Focus Group. According to their email, the group is facilitating "a robust and enriching dialogue to identify promising approaches at the state and local levels that allow schools and districts to focus on deeper learning and 21st Century skills."  

According to their website, CSG is the only nonpartisan organization serving elected and appointed leaders in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of state government.  They are the oldest and largest association of state government officials in the United States.  Since 1933, CSG has worked to promote excellence in state government through a wide range of publications, forums, and policy development programs.  As part of their mission, CSG identifies emerging trends and offers innovative state policy solutions, as well as provides forums for state leaders to discuss the critical issues facing state governments.

The Deeper Learning Focus Group will meet twice in spring 2012 with the ultimate goal of sharing the results with our membership-at-large as well as with key national partners working in the area of supports for high-quality implementation of deeper learning by teachers and education leaders. 

These focus group meetings are made possible through generous support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and CSG’s 21st Century Foundation.  Both events will be co-facilitated by Scott Palmer of EducationCounsel and Monica Martinez of Martinez Education Consulting.  The focus group will be given the freedom to identify those state and local policy options that they believe will have the greatest impact on improving what students learn, how they learn it, and how they demonstrate their knowledge.