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WEST40 EXEC. DIRECTOR APPOINTED TO FEDERAL EDUCATIONAL TASK FORCE SEEKING INPUT FROM EDUCATORS, ADMINISTRATORS, AND PARENTS

West40 executive director Dr. Mark Klaisner has been given a major opportunity to serve on a federal educational task force with the goal of improving education and instruction quality across the Midwest and beyond.

As part of the task force, Dr. Klaisner is counting on input from local school administrators, educators and community members in the form of a survey. And time is of the essence to make improvements a reality.

U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miquel Cardona recently appointed Klaisner to serve on the U.S. Department of Education Midwest Regional Advisory Committee.

The Regional Advisory Committee’s objective is to provide advice and recommendations regarding the educational needs of the Midwest region and how those needs would be most effectively addressed, including technical assistance activities provided by comprehensive centers.

“It is quite an honor to serve in this capacity,” said Klaisner. “Our charge is to seek input from stakeholders, compile the data and prepare a report to the Secretary and the Department summarizing our findings related to the needs identified within 10 Regional Laboratories across the nation.”

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the Comprehensive Centers program provides capacity-building services to State education agencies, regional educational agencies, local educational agencies, and schools that improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, and improve the quality of instruction.

The data must be collected by September 20, 2023. If you can assist Dr. Klaisner by filling out a survey, here is a link:

“In the near future, I will be seeking responses to a survey and conducting some interviews to help influence our report,” Klaisner said. “I am honored that Dr. Sanders from ISBE and Secretary Cardona have faith in me to serve in this role.”

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