Second Educational Collaborative session set for Tuesday at Monroe High School

The goal of these focus, listening sessions is to improve all levels of education in Dougherty County

ALBANY — Program managers and facilitators from the Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia will return to Dougherty County this week for the next step in the development of educational collaboratives aimed at improving education on all levels.

The group will meet with K-12 parents for a listening session at the Monroe Comprehensive High School cafeteria Tuesday evening The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. immediately following a system collaboration meeting for parents that begins at 5:30.

“We hope parents will respond to this effort by attending this meeting so we can learn about parent desires and priorities for their student’s education,” said Butch Mosely, superintendent of the Dougherty County School System. “The Fanning Institute staff are very organized in their collection of information and we are being provided with areas that can be improved for the benefit of our staff, students and the community.”

The organization will also hold a focus/listening session for high school students Wednesday. This session will provide feedback from direct consumers of the system’s services.

The collaborative partnership began early this summer when Mosely met with the leadership of the community’s higher education institutions — Anthony Parker from Albany Technical College, Paul Jones from Darton State College, and Arthur Dunning from Albany State College.

These leaders began to study new ways to motivate students to higher levels of achievement throughout a seamless education community. In July, the decision was made to partner with the Fanning Institute for the facilitation of information gathering and direction.

“Parents and students can help shape our offerings and services for the future,” said Mosely. “We would like them to join us and respond to the questions posed by the program facilitators.”

The student session will include a broad and diverse audience of students, but is by invitation.