Posts tagged: Bob Wise
Here's a link to my full story at spokesman.com on this morning's visit from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise to boost state schools Supt. Tom Luna's “Students Come First” school reform plan; Bush proclaimed Idaho's new laws requiring online courses and funding them “one of a kind,” and said he thinks they “will be the models for the rest of the country.” And here's a link to an April New York Times story on how Bush is pushing his “Florida Formula” for education reform around the nation.
Former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise said, “I happen to believe that every child needs a mobile Internet access device.” But, he said, “It needs a strategy behind it.” He praised Idaho's approach of giving the devices to teachers first. “That makes a lot of sense,” he said. “It's the pedagogy of technology that also needs to be a major element. You're thinking those things through. … Technology is part of the total learning environment now, it's not just an add-on.”
Former Florida Gov. Job Bush said, “Big ideas require, first, leadership and stubbornness - I would call that dogged determination.” He said, “It takes time for results. … If someone slashes your tire, put on a damn new tire and execute - no offense, Tom,” an aside to Luna. “And just show fortitude, as the governor has and leaders of this state, for bolder policy. In the execution you get results.”
Former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise told Idaho's school technology task force, “This is the choice: We're either boldly innovative, or we're badly irrelevant.” he said, “You already demonstrated your capacity to be boldly innovative. You have the chance to be the leader not only for Idaho but for all of the country.”
Here's a link to the “10 elements of digital learning” established by the Digital Learning Council, headed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise. Bush, who served two terms as governor of Florida ending in 2007, is known for reforms including private-school vouchers, online courses and requiring third-graders to pass reading tests before they move up to fourth grade, ending “social promotion.” Wise served as West Virginia's governor from 2001 to 2005, and pushed successful “promise scholarship” legislation that helped thousands of West Virginia high school graduates continue their education; he's also the chairman of the national board for professional teacher standards.
The nation is facing “three looming crises,” former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise told Idaho's school technology task force this morning: Declining state revenues; mounting teacher shortages, including in specific subject areas; and a growing demand for an increasingly educated workforce. “At the same time we know we have to send more on to post-secondary, we have at least a 42 percent remediation rate going on in our community colleges,” he said. “These are students who didn't get what they needed the first time.”
Wise asked, “Is there somebody to blame?” whether it's unions, parents, teachers, government, or anyone else. “I would suggest to you that there are a lot of people trying very, very hard,” he said. Showing a slide of a cell phone from 10 years ago vs. an up-to-date smart phone, Wise said we're using different and better tools now. “That's what can happen in the classroom,” he said.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told Idaho's school technology task force, “Six years from now, there's probably not going to be textbooks as we know it. … There won't be paper-driven assessments. … These will all be digitally driven with the ability to get immediate feedback.” He said, “The teachers ought to be prepared for this, they ought to be given the training, they ought to be given the tools to be able to administer and coach.” Bush said his and Wise's Digital Learning Council has set 10 elements for high-quality digital learning, and he reviewed those. “I think you all are really ahead of the game in this regard - you're not just passing laws,” he said. Instead, he said, Idaho is “looking at how do you create the infrastructure so that digital learning can be accessed any time, in any way.”
Bush said, “All across the country, there are efforts under way, so don't feel like you're alone in this effort. Democrats and Republicans are working together to try to transform education on behalf of kids.”
Former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise told the task force, “Our mission is that every student graduates from high school ready for college and career.” He said, “What digital education and technology does is permit us to draw the best information and content from wherever we can in the world and make it available. … That's what's so exciting.”