Idea sprang from citizens advisory group but grew to include others

The Forest Grove School Citizens Advisory Group (CAG) came into being in part to empower the community to articulate its vision of quality education. We as a group of parents, teachers, and community members have wrestled with our own collective vision and found it to include creativity and enriched education, in an effort to help students flourish through a broad spectrum of subjects.

But ours is only one vision. What are some other visions? Can we explore and discuss these visions bravely as a community? Moreover, can we, from varied perspectives in the community, optimistically consider what is working and address what is not?

We are coordinating an event to 1) Find common ground that will address creativity and innovation in our schools; and 2) Propose a community vision of education.

The event is entitled, 'The Vision Series: Education - Who's Leading the Way and Where Are We Going?' Highlight of the series is a keynote address Jan. 10 by Dr. Yong Zhao of the University of Oregon. In his book, 'Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization,' Dr. Zhao encourages us to consider 'talent-oriented education' rather than 'test-oriented education' and to avoid 'homogenization of talents' through concentration on a narrow set of subjects.

From our first contact with Dr. Zhao, he requested that we work with the Forest Grove School District. This inspired us to look to other community groups as well.

- Anya Doll of Forest Grove is a member of the Forest Grove School Citizens Advisory

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