Florida Chamber Foundation’s education summit engages thought leaders

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Thought leaders and businesses discussed the growing need for globally prepared talent at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Education Summit yesterday in Orlando. The event, which also hosted live stream viewers, was a fully interactive discussion with industries spanning the gamut- from manufacturing and sales to technology and education.  

Florida’s Education Commissioner Pam Stewart spoke about the New Generation Florida Standards and how these standards will make Florida students able to compete in business both nationally and internationally. When commenting on uniform standards she said, “We have a legal, moral and ethical obligation to make sure that what we teach our students is what we measure them on.” 

Panelists from private and public foundations spoke on leading the change toward technology in classrooms which allow teachers the ability to teach more effectively while providing students with the right tools to succeed. Audience members and panelists alike engaged in solutions and ideas to harness the talent in a changing generation of workforce members. On college and career readiness, president f the Florida Chamber Mark Wilson said, “These aren’t third graders, they are our future workforce. [Our] solution has to be so disruptive that [people] say, ‘we can never do that.’ Then we say, ‘why?’” 

In addition to Education Commissioner Pam Stewart, key speakers included:

  • Jane Adams, University of Florida
  • Stacy Carlson, Helios Education Foundation
  • Frank Fuller, Florida Senate
  • Jennifer Grove, Gulf Power
  • Elizabeth Guiterrez, Lumina Foundation for Education
  • Chris Hart, Workforce Florida, Inc.
  • Dr. Ed Moore, Independent College & Universities of Florida
  • Susan Pareigis, Florida Council of 100
  • Julie Smith, Verizon Foundation
  • Bentina Terry, Chair, Florida Chamber Foundation
  • Khori Whittaker, Foundation for Florida’s Future 

“I’m proud to be part of this essential discussion and I look forward to exploring meaningful solutions to Florida’s greatest education challenges,” said Dr. Ed Moore, President of the Independent Colleges & Universities of Florida. “The policy decisions that our state is making will influence generations to come. We must make the best decisions possible, investing in our talent pipeline to secure a bright future for Florida.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.