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Business Leaders for Strengthening the Educator Workforce

On October 31, 2012, CED, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, and the Texas Association of School Administrators hosted a luncheon forum dedicated to promoting teacher effectiveness in Texas' K-12 education system and strengthening the essential connection between education, business and economic development. The luncheon featured remarks from CED's Human Resources in Education Subcommittee Co-chair, Steffen Palko. Mr Palko serves as Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Texas Christian University, and is the former President and Vice Chairman (retired) of XTO Energy, Inc.

The event also featured a panel of business and education leaders, including Walter Dansby, Superintendent of Fort Worth ISD; Bob Pence, President and CEO of Freese and Nichols, Inc.; Karen Rue, Superintendent of Northwest ISD; Mike Moses, Co-Chair of the Texas Teaching Commission and former Commissioner of the Texas Education Agency; and panel moderator Mike West, Executive Director of the UTA Fort Worth Center.

The panel addressed the state of Texas' public school system, focusing on effective teaching strategies, and featuring work of the Texas Public Education Visioning Institute and the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium, a group of up to 20 school districts and exemplary open-enrollment charter schools established by the 82nd Texas Legislature. The discussion focused on the teacher's role as a designer of engaging experiences for students, as well as on challenges and opportunities of the digital classroom, next-generation learning standards, assessments, and accountability systems to transform teaching and learning in today's classrooms. Interactive discussions explored the engagement of business in strategies to build and sustain high performance and transform human resource policies to attain a higher quality education for all Texas schoolchildren.

CED believes that America's elementary and secondary schools must attract and retain a large number of high-quality teachers if the nation is to reach its goals of raising the academic achievement of all students. CED has a long history of studying and offering recommendations on how to improve our public school system. The CED report, "Teacher Compensation and Teacher Quality", examines teacher pay and other compensation issues.