Teacher of the Year Hearing Expected to Host Big Ideas for 2015 Session

ST. PAUL, MINN. – On Oct. 22, some of the brightest minds in education and teaching will gather at the state capitol to share insight and ideas on enhancing quality education in Minnesota schools. Sen. Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood), chair of the Senate E-12 Finance Committee set up the event and enlisted former Teacher of the Year recipients to address the hearing.

“The teachers who are speaking are the experts in their field. We will be having in-depth discussions on topics as varied at the implementation of the safe and supportive schools act, to why expanding early learning programs is important to closing the achievement gap,” said Sen. Wiger.

Among the seven scheduled speakers will be 2008 Minnesota Teacher of the Year Derek Olson, who plans on discussing how to implement the new teacher evaluation plans and will touch on additional funding for the evaluations. The 2013 recipient of the award, Megan Hall will talk about the value of dual-enrollment options in high school and PSEO recruiting. Katy Smith, the 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will discuss expanding early learning programs and touch on the private versus public early childhood scholarships.

“All of the issues being discussed at this hearing are happening in our schools right now. Our goal as legislators is to take the pulse of what’s happening in our schools and our communities, and take what we learn back to the capitol to craft legislation that will make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans,” said Sen. Wiger.

The press is invited to attend the ‘Voices in the Classroom’ hearing which will be located in Room 15 at the state capitol from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Teacher of the Year speakers will be available for interviews immediately following the hearing.

If you would like to get in touch with Sen. Wiger you can call him at (651) 296-6820 or email him at sen.chuck.wiger@senate.mn

Senator Chuck Wiger
Chuck Wiger represents District 43, which includes portions of Ramsey and Washington counties in the northeastern Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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