Daggett challenges businesses and community leaders
Posted at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 18, 2022
SALISBURY — More than 120 business and community leaders were challenged by Dr. Bill Daggett at the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce’s Power in Partnership (PIP) Breakfast Thursday in Trinity Oaks.
Daggett’s speech “Preparing students for their future – not our past”. Rowan-Salisbury School’s (RSS) new superintendent, Dr. Kelly Withers, made opening comments and introduced Daggett. Her first day as RSS Superintendent will be September 26.
“You have a great school district and you educate ALL the kids,” said Daggett of the Rowan-Salisbury School District. He presented several graphs showing that today’s students are very different from previous generations when it comes to using technology, family and religious life, waiting to get their driver’s license and doing not to date or drink until after high school graduation unlike previous generations. Daggett said the pandemic has made it even harder for students today. He challenged business leaders to get involved in our local schools and support teachers because “they are burnt out”.
Several business and community leaders commented on Daggett’s powerful speech.
Dr Andrew Smith (NC Dept. of Public Instruction) said: “Bill Daggett’s presentation was poignant as it provided valuable trends and data points that indicate that our current students live in a fundamentally different environment than those in the past. Through its analysis of technology trends, it is clear that these changes will only continue in the future. His presentation was important to our community and education leaders because it called for our education system to evolve to meet the needs of future students, not our past.
Jason Walser (Robertson Foundation) said, “Bill Daggett’s message was exactly what we needed to hear. It is tempting to believe that there are quick fixes for solving public education problems. The reality is that the challenges are complex and evolving. The solutions will also be complex. As Dr. Daggett noted, the foundation of success in education always rests on reading, writing and arithmetic. It’s essential. But that’s nowhere near enough in 2022, 2025, or 2035. Dr. Daggett’s assessment of the real-world skills that will be needed for next-gen success was daunting and thought-provoking, but also incredibly helpful for us to reflect on. as we re-imagine what public education looks like in Rowan County. Dr Daggett’s recognition of the adaptability and flexibility that future education systems will need made me appreciate once again how lucky we are to have the opportunities afforded to us here through the Renewal and to a wonderful new superintendent who is not afraid of change.
Greg Alcorn (Global Contact Services) was the event sponsor and said, “His message was ‘tough love’ but also inspiration in what we can do. Like Bill, I’m a big fan of our public schools and I’m optimistic about the future.
Alisha Byrd-Clark (Gemstones/Compass) said, “One thing Dr. Daggett told me is that we need to prepare students for their future, not our past. We have to support our teachers because they are mentally and physically exhausted. We can help them focus not only on how they teach, but also on how they mix the dough. This includes helping the community with interpersonal skills that will take them beyond the classroom. »
Daggett is the founder of the Successful Practices Network and the International Center for Educational Leadership. He recently co-chaired AASA LEARNING 2025: National Commission for Student-Centered, Equity-Oriented, and Future-Oriented Education and now leads the National Demonstration Network for AASA. He is the author of 26 books and is recognized worldwide for his proven ability to move K-12 education systems toward more rigorous and relevant skills and knowledge for all students. For 30 years, he criss-crossed our country, as well as the industrialized world, leading education reform efforts to effectively prepare students for their future.
The next Chamber PIP date is October 20 with Empire Hotel development speakers Josh Barnhardt and Brett Weaver. For more information, contact the Rowan Chamber at (704) 633-4221 or [email protected]