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Patricia Plummer, Chair
education@lwvcolliercounty.org
EDUCATION COMMITTEE PROGRAM PLAN 2022-2023

MISSION:
The mission of the Education Committee is to support a free public school system in Collier County with high standards for student achievement and with equal educational opportunity for all that is financed adequately by the state through equitable funding formulas. We believe that community support, accomplished educators, and a superintendent and school board that value collaboration, respect and trust are vital to the success of our schools and our students.

OBJECTIVES:
Strengthen the presence of the LWVCC at Collier County School Board meetings by appointing at least one committee member to monitor monthly Collier County School Board meetings from April 2022 to March 2023, make well-researched comments, and direct committee members to email School Board members regarding major issues as those issues arise.

Inform Education Committee members about some of the local organizations that support education in Collier County by hosting a speaker(s) during at least 3 monthly committee meetings between April 2022 and March 2023.

Enhance the ability of high school teachers in Collier County Public Schools to engage students in American history, government and civics by the end of March 2023 by working with Collier County Public Schools to identify and nominate a high school teacher who teaches history, government or civics classes to participate in Harvard Business School’s Case Method Institute (CMI) workshop. The CMI uses case method teaching in high schools to deepen students’ understanding of American democracy.

Enhance the Collier County community’s understanding of and engagement with American history, government, and civics by hosting a history/government/civics case discussion by April 2023 that is open to invited community groups, based on Harvard Business School’s Case Method Institute. Utilize Collier County Public School’s high school teachers who have taken the Case Method Institute’s workshop as moderators for this public case discussion.

Support a deeper understanding of civics by, provide the opportunity to meet with local government officials for, and encourage broader participation in our local government by 25 to 30 high school students selected by Collier County Public Schools by coordinating and hosting field trips to local government offices during the Know Your County Government program by April 2023.
Increase opportunities for advocacy by all committee members by identifying at least 3 pieces of legislation filed in the state legislature to be considered “high priority” during the 2023 legislative session.

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