US Education Sec. Miguel Cardona discusses career education in Newport –

by | Aug 24, 2022 | Education

NEWPORT — Steady rain fell on the grass courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Monday, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the education and business leaders meeting upstairs.Representatives of some of Rhode Island’s largest employers mingled with many of the region’s public education leaders at the inaugural Reimagining Education & New England’s Workforce (RENEW) Summit, an initiative that grew out of the weekly early morning Zoom meetings Rhode Island Commissioner of Education Angelica Infante-Green and her New England counterparts have been holding since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those in attendance, including every New England state education commissioner and representatives of businesses like Bank of America, Stanley Black & Decker, CVS and Electric Boat, heard opening remarks from Infante-Greene and U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona.Regionalization:Could Newport delay school district merger vote? One councilor says it’s going too fast.Cardona, who went to a technical high school in Meriden, Connecticut, before becoming the youngest school principal and the first Latino commissioner of education in the state, pointed out he was one of three New Englanders in President Joe Biden’s cabinet, along with Gina Raimondo and Marty Walsh. Starting his career in education as a fourth-grade classroom teacher, Cardona spoke about the need for “intentional collaboration” between educators, government officials, and business leaders.“There’s more money in education than ever before,” he said. “Let’s use this disruption to raise the bar … Every state leader has American Rescue Plan (Act) dollars right now to create or expand career and college pathways and take steps to transform education in their communities. The president’s budget also includes over $200 million for career-connected learning.”On campus:St. George’s School recently received its largest one-time donation — $15 millionCardona and Rogers High School senior Dellicia Allen rounded out a panel discussion, which also included the presidents of the Community College of Rhode Island and the University of Rhode Island, the managing director of Bank of America and Maine’s commissioner of education.They focused on building strong college and career pathways and accelerating learning as school systems emerge from the COVID pandemic. The most powerful education official in America and the rising senior from Newport’s local public high school each commanded the room’s attention as they spoke in turn about the work necessary to overcome two unprecedented years that were challenging for students and educators alike. Allen is in an accredited cosmetology program at Rogers and also did a summer internship with the local NAACP branch thanks to programming at her high school. “I think the two biggest problems I see plaguing our education system and economy right now are the lack of equity and the failure to invest in our marginalized youth,” she said. “In unprecedented times, we have a chance to take unprecedented actions, and our education system needs to be revolutionized in a way that supports all learning styles and not just the needs of a particular group of students.”Police in schools:Why placing full-t …

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