Education leaders from all over the state came together in Reno Friday to brainstorm ways to improve Nevada's education system.
It's no secret Nevada's public education system consistently ranks at the bottom of the list in terms of test performance, graduation rates and per-pupil spending. So today's summit was all about sharing ideas to help change that. "The reason that we hold these conferences is to strike up conversations in public education that perhaps we haven't had before," says Dr. Brian Myli, Leadership Institute of Nevada.
The Public Education Foundation put on the summit for representatives from Nevada's bigger school districts - and its smaller ones to talk about the tough issues facing our state.
The increase in English Language Learners and high-poverty students topped the list with challenges like shrinking achievement gaps and getting them into college.
Silver State education leaders heard from superintendents and professionals from other states who shared their success stories and methods that might just work here. Washoe County Superintendent Pedro Martinez says he's all ears. "All the resources that we need. We just won't. Especially money. But we can use our time differently, and we can use our talent differently."
Some of the featured speakers today included district superintendents from Houston. St. Paul, Minnesota as well as a lecturer from Harvard.
Written by Arianna Bennett