The Nebraska Departments of Economic Development, Education and Labor have invited key leaders from across the state to the "Nebraska's Pathways to Prosperity Symposium" on Wednesday.
The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln. William Symonds, Director of the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Pathways to Prosperity Project, will keynote the event.
The Pathways to Prosperity report is the culmination of two years of intense research and collaboration with a wide array of partners.
The report provides a thought-provoking vision for how the United States can regain educational leadership by developing multiple pathways to educational and economic success. Project partners included major corporations, leaders from K-12 and post-secondary education, and government.
The full report can be found at: http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news_events/features/2011/Pathways_to_Prosperity_Feb2011.pdf
Using the Pathways to Prosperity report and insights provided by Mr. Symonds and an array of expert panelists and presenters throughout the day, participants will work in table groups to discuss the recommendations of the report and the implications for Nebraska's future economic prosperity.
In addition, participants will review promising solutions underway in Nebraska to address challenges presented in the report, as well as models from other states.
The Symposium will begin with opening remarks by Catherine D. Lang, Director of Economic Development and Commissioner of Labor, and Dr. Roger Breed, Commissioner of Education.
They will focus on the role of their respective departments in Nebraska's economic prosperity.
"We are excited to dialogue with Education on developing the talent and skills that are needed in the workforce and that ultimately contribute to economic growth," Lang said.
Mr. Symonds will set the stage for the day's work by highlighting crucial challenges facing Nebraska and the United States and recommendations for meeting these challenges based on promising practices found both inside our boundaries as well as internationally.