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Iowa Gov. Branstad to hold education town hall meetings

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will hold two town hall meetings Tuesday in eastern Iowa and four more the following week in central and western portions of the state to discuss education. The meetings come just weeks before the Branstad administration hosts a two-day education summit in the capital city that expects more than 1,000 people in attendance.

Each of the town hall meetings are anticipated to take two hours.

Tuesday, July 12

  • 10 a.m. — Waterloo Central Middle School, 1350 Katoski Dr.
  • 2 p.m. — Davenport North High School, 626 W. 53rd St.

Wednesday, July 20

  • 2 p.m. — Sigourney Junior-Senior High School, 907 E. Pleasant Valley St.

Thursday, July 21

  • 10 a.m. — Sacred Heart Elementary Parish Hall, 1111 Marshall St. (Boone)

Friday, July 22

  • 10 a.m. — Corning Elementary School, 1012 10th St.
  • 2 p.m. — Carroll High School, 2809 N. Grant Rd.

Saturday, July 23

  • 9 a.m. — Spencer Middle School, 1400 10th Ave. East

In addition to these public town hall meetings, the administration also plans to hold three roundtable discussions — one each with business leaders, classroom teachers and higher education administrators and K-12 educators. Jason Glass, director of the Iowa Department of Education, and Linda Fandel, Branstad’s special assistant for education, will moderate the discussions. The roundtables, scheduled for Wednesday, July 13, will be live-streamed and videos will be archived.

The first will be an opportunity for business leaders to discuss the skills, quality and knowledge they need in new members of the workforce. Panelists include John Bloomhall, chief executive of Diamond V Mills, Clayton Jones, chief executive and president of Rockwell Collins, Mary O’Keefe, chief marketing officer and senior vice president at the Principal Financial Group, Paul Shickler, president of Pioneer Hi-Bred, and Suku Radia, chief executive and president of Bankers Trust. The roundtable will begin at 10 a.m. and will be held in the large conference room at the Governor’s Office.

At 1 p.m. a new panel will discuss how to better prepare more students for college and post-secondary training. Panelists are Katie Mulholland, a member of the Iowa Regents and superintendent at Linn-Mar Community School District, Deb Derr, president of North Iowa Area Community College, Jon Erickson, interim president of the ACT Education Division, Greg Geoffroy, president of Iowa State University, Paul Gausman, superintended of Sioux City School District, and Kent Henning, president of Grand View University.

The final panel beings at 3 p.m. and will be an opportunity for teachers to discuss their needs for classroom effectiveness. Panelists are Nick Bradley, English teacher at Denison High, Philip Moss, social studies teacher at North Tama Junior High and High, April Pforts, mathematics teacher at Mount Pleasant Middle School, Amy Prime, 2nd grade teacher at Newton’s Berg Elementary, Jerry Serrano, 6th grade teacher at Davenport’s Wood Intermediate, and Jessica Gogerty, school improvement leader and former science teacher at Des Moines’ North High.

Biographies of panelists and additional information is available as part of the Iowa Education Summit website.

The education summit is scheduled for July 25 and 26 in Des Moines.

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