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Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds to hold education roundtable with Iowa high school students

Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced that they will hold a roundtable discussion on Friday, August 19, at the Iowa State Fair with high school students on what young people want from a world-class education. The event will be open to the public.

This conversation is a follow up to the Iowa Education Summit in late July. The governor and lieutenant governor hosted the sold-out, two-day summit to build a consensus for how to create world-class schools and a world-class workforce.

Response to the summit was overwhelmingly positive, but the voices of young Iowans were absent. The roundtable on Friday will be an opportunity to hear their thoughts on a wide variety of issues. What, for example, are the qualities of a great teacher? How could classes be more relevant, challenging and engaging? Are internships in businesses and non-profit organizations that earn high school credit part of the answer?

“We need to listen to what students believe should change to provide Iowa children with a globally competitive education,” said Branstad. “We are eager to hear what they have to say.”

“Young people have a front-row seat in classrooms,” said Reynolds. “I am especially interested in their ideas about how technology could transform education.”

The roundtable will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 19, in the Penningroth Media Center in the Cattle Barn on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The public is invited to attend, with seating for about 700 people. We hope many Iowans will consider joining us in the audience.

We are also pleased that JDL Horizons will produce the roundtable events with the assistance of students from the Van Meter school district and in cooperation with the governor’s office. eSchool Media will deliver the roundtable event to a national audience of nearly 1 million K-12 educators throughout North America and around the world. Video of the roundtable will be posted afterward at Iowans also visit the Iowa Department of Education website to watch the student roundtable video.

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