2nd Annual House Education Committee Summit
The Hunt Institute supports state policy and education leaders in their efforts to ensure a strong public education system that will produce quality, high-skilled, well-educated workers for tomorrow’s economy. The Institute partnered with Virginia Delegate Steve Landes and the University of Virginia (UVA) to host the 2nd Annual House Education Committee Summit. The two-day summit, held on November 9-10, 2015, at UVA, engaged 100 participants, including 17 delegates, on key topics and best practices that could help shape education policy and programs in the Commonwealth.
Governor Jim Hunt, Delegate Landes, and UVA President Teresa Sullivan provided the welcoming remarks, followed by a series of panel discussions and presentations from a number of leading education experts, including: Congressman Bobby Scott (D-3rd), House Ranking Member, Committee on Education and the Workforce; Anne Holton, Va. Secretary of Education; Dr. Billy Cannaday, president, Va. Board of Education; Barry DuVal, president and CEO, Va. Chamber of Commerce; Aimee Guidera, president and CEO, Data Quality Campaign; Nina Rees, president and CEO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools; Paul Koonce, CEO, Energy Infrastructure and president, Dominion Virginia Power; and a host of Virginia principals, superintendents, higher education administrators, and legislators.
An array of significant education topics were addressed, such as early childhood education, public charter schools, higher education, high-performance principal leadership, the condition and needs of Virginia’s public education system, virtual learning, and ways to use student data to produce gains.
Following the Summit’s two days of presentations and panel discussions, the closing keynote was delivered by James W. Dyke, Jr., former Va. Secretary of Education and chairman of the Blueprint Virginia Subcommittee on K-12 Education and Cheryl A. Oldham, vice president of education policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and vice president of education and the workforce, U.S. Chamber Foundation. Both highlighted the key takeaways of the Summit and encouraged the audience to move forward and take action.
For more information on the Summit, see the below event materials and news items.
- The News Virginian: Education Summit Outlines Challenges for Communities, State
- News Release: Virginia House Education Committee Continued to Focus on Student-Centered Policies for the 21st Century