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Many think of Bill Daggett as an education futurist. “For 30 years, he has crisscrossed our nation, as well as the industrialized world, to lead school reform efforts to effectively prepare students for their future,” says his bio.

The NC Chamber invited Daggett last year to speak at its annual Education & Workforce Conference. He delivered a keynote titled, “Preparing students for their future NOT our past.” It ignited a statewide conversation about how to transform education in the face of the 4th industrial revolution.

Districts brought Daggett in to work with their educators ahead of the 2023-24 school year. But he didn’t just work with districts in North Carolina. A cohort of districts from around the country who want to lead the way are working with his nonprofit. They recently met in DC, and EdNC’s Hannah McClellan brings you that update today.

The NC Chamber is bringing Daggett back for their annual, not-to-be-missed Education & Workforce Conference on August 8. Here is more information, including how to register.

And Daggett will keynote the NC Community College System’s conference, which will be held October 13-15. Learn more here.

“Today’s kids are different,” Daggett said last August, noting that they are not well served by schools designed for the economy of the previous century, schools that are familiar to educators and parents.

Daggett has the attention of local and state leaders with his plan to prompt change in classrooms, schools, and districts even in our polarized, politicized times.

And if you are looking for a fun read this July 4th, EdNC is celebrating and raising awareness about chef ambassadors and DPI’s own culinary institutes, which includes an unexpected, upcoming trip to Italy. Here are some of our favorite food articles from across the years. Have a safe holiday.

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Mebane Rash

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC.

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