Local leaders get a close look at public schools
Through a three-way partnership among Florence School District One, the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce and The School Foundation, there has emerged a program designed for business and community leaders to spend time getting a unique, behind-the-scenes look into schools in FSD1. The Fellows in Education, a program which will take place over the course of the school year, kicked off Nov. 3 at Royall Elementary School.
The program is designed to give local business and community leaders the opportunity to center on different educational experiences that are unique to the classroom. During the duration of the program, there are plans for leaders to see first-hand some of the successes and daily challenges educators face in the classroom.
Within this program, there will also be an opportunity for interested participants to take part in a “Principal for a Day” exercise where the local leader will spend a portion of the day with a school principal as he or she conducts the duties of running the school. Organizers of the program say the ultimate goal is to create a cadre of local leaders who will be able to collaborate with policymakers and community members in developing better education policies in the local community.
The first sessions began at Royall Elementary, and sessions will be held thereafter on the first Tuesday of each month through May at different Florence One schools. Members of the three-way partnership have sought after a select group of approximately 20 community and business leaders whom they believe are civic-minded supporters of the need for expansion of local educational resources.