IMPACT Education Summit
The top ten largest employers of Independence County were asked to be present and make available a representative from lunch until the end of the day.
Educational non-profits, state agency representatives, and board members of various community organizations were invited to attend as observers of topic presentations and roundtable discussions.
The Independence County Public Education Foundation Board of Directors was asked to be present and available all day long for observation, introduction, and presentations at the end of the day.
Teachers, administrators, parents, students, school board members, workforce representatives, and state agency directors gathered together to hear data insights and presentations given by expert presenters, which introduced each priority (driven by IMPACT planning). This was referred to as an assembly. Once a topic and its data for Independence County had been presented, participants were dismissed for their “basecamp” where only those from their school were present to participate in roundtable, facilitator led discussions. This model repeated itself for three sessions.
At the end of the day all participants except for those serving on school leadership teams were dismissed. The school leadership teams remained to summarize their school’s input. The initial schedule had allowed for presentations; however, after finishing the day our schools had so many ideas and information to sort through, IMPACT and school leaders thought it best to delay presentations until they had more time to develop thoughts and ideas.
Following Labor day, presentations for strategic improvement were made by each district on their priorities for the new school year, specific to the shared community vision for education in Independence County.