A panel of statewide experts will discuss the role of education in a changing economy at the University of Richmond on April 24 at 8:30 a.m.

Virginia’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Steve Staples will deliver the keynote. Panelists include Jamelle Wilson, dean of Richmond’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies; James Lane, superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools; and two Chesterfield County high school students. They will address student achievement, learning expectations, graduation requirements, the Standards of Learning assessments and college to career readiness efforts. UR education professor Scott Bray will moderate the discussion.

Virginia estimates that about 500,000 highly technical jobs will be created in the state throughout the next five years. Legislative changes are scheduled to take effect in fall 2018 with a goal of preparing students to be successful in a developing and complex economy.

“In Virginia, critics have long argued that the Commonwealth’s schools were not adequately preparing students to meet the challenges of this information-driven, globalized economy, pointing to the disparity between the knowledge and skills most students learn in school and the knowledge and skills needed to compete in the 21st century,” Bray said. “Our panel of experts will discuss this changing landscape and the implications for students, parents, educators and communities.”

The free event is being held in the Jepson Alumni Center and is open to the public, but registration is required.

The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Leadership in Education and the School of Professional & Continuing Studies Graduate Education program.

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About the event
What: The Role of Education in a Transformed Virginia Economy panel discussion
Date: April 24
Time: 8:30-10 a.m.
Location: Jepson Alumni Center, 28 Westhampton Way, University of Richmond, VA 23173
Additional: This event is free and open to the public. Continental breakfast will be provided. Online registration is required. Walk-ins may be accommodated on a space-available basis.

Assistant Professor, Education
Assistant Chair, Graduate Education - Teacher Licensure Preparation
Dean, School of Professional and Continuing Studies
Professor, Continuing Studies