from around the globe to determine a future-focused cradle to career talent development model for Greater Stark County.
For students to experience what it means to be an active compassionate citizen, this model of education would not simply be school-based, but also designed to embrace vast learning experiences in many settings. Field trips would no longer be a once a year experience on a good year. The field would be where children and youth learn. The community would have a major role in this talent development work throughout the education process. Our students would benefit from the rich talents of our community members and better understand ways that they can make a difference in their community. An investment in this newly envisioned talent development pipeline would be an investment in a hopeful future for all students. Students would have an opportunity to understand the world around them and the potential within them so they could become fulfilled, compassionate citizens.
It will take bold, courageous leadership to embark on this new path forward of engaging students more actively. Our bold, new path would strengthen and attract families to live and thrive in Greater Stark County – the Hall of Fame Center of Creativity and Innovation: Excellence in Academics, Arts and Athletics.
For over 30 years, I have been powerfully impacted by the innovative initiatives of the Stark Education Partnership – from the award winning SEEDS elementary science initiative and College Credit Plus, to our latest early education coalition, Great Start for Great Futures. These collaborative, countywide efforts have transformed learning experiences for students and built educator capacity.
I truly appreciate the many partnerships in our cradle to career, talent development initiatives. Your commitment to this work will change the lives of children and youth in our community.