CSG to Host Regional Meetings for Newly Elected State Legislators

The Council of State Governments will be hosting four regional Policy Academies for Newly Elected Legislators (PANEL) in the fall of 2011. Through this effort, legislators who were newly elected in 2010 and have been appointed to legislative education, higher education and appropriations committees will receive training and information that will provide valuable, timely and objective policy insights on critical education issues facing their states.

CSG believes PANEL will result in the following four outcomes:

  • Informed Policymaking—attendees serving on education  committees will be better able to serve in their elected positions if they have  a higher level of knowledge concerning key policy issues;
  • Critical Analysis—attendees will be able to examine policy issues in a more critical manner. Participants will progress, according to Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, from the levels of knowledge and comprehension to more advanced levels of application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation;
  • Colleague Education—attendees will be able to share information learned at the academies with fellow legislators, thus expanding the knowledge base of a wider policymaking audience; and
  • Prepare Leaders—ultimately, attendees will be better positioned, as a result of the knowledge gained, to assume leadership positions on education committees.

Agenda topics will include Common Core State Standards, common state assessments, teacher effectiveness, state accountability systems and college and career readiness. The goal for the PANEL meetings is to inform and educate newly elected legislators on successful implementation of rigorous academic standards, efforts to prepare students for global competitiveness, building school capacity for student success, and aligning state policies for overall college and career readiness.

Dates and locations for the meetings are:

  • September 21-22 in Newport, Rhode Island
  • September 27-28 in San Diego, California
  • October 10-11 in the southern region
  • November 2-3 in the Midwestern region

Any state legislator interested in attending one of the four events should contact Pam Goins, director of education policy, at pgoins@csg.org or (859) 244-8142.