Education leaders gathered in Orlando today for a summit sponsored by the Florida Sterling Council, a not-for-profit corporation supported by the Executive Office of the Governor.
The summit covered a wide range of issues facing schools and universities.
Pinellas Superintendent Mike Grego laid out his plan to move the district forward as the state transitions to Common Core standards. Florida schools are scheduled to use the new standards in every grade by the fall of 2014.
The district will need to establish goals in critical need areas and hold the players accountable, he said.
Grego’s five goals include improving student performance, especially at schools with a higher percentage of students living in poverty; improving district reading instruction; ensuring schools are safe and reducing staff turnover; balancing the district budget; and making sure school technology is up to date and ready for online end-of-course exams.
Grego said it’s everyone’s responsibility to contribute to the goals of the school and the district.
Other speakers included superintendents from Miami-Dade and Hillsborough counties, Sen. Bill Montford, CEO of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents, and Jon Schnur, education adviser to President Barack Obama and President Bill Clinton.