Guam Department of Education Superintendent Jon Fernandez served as a panelist at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Policy Forum in Atlanta, Georgia, this week.
The Policy Forum is an annual gathering of Chief State School Officers from all 50 states and the U.S. territories and this year’s theme was “Partnering for Impact.”
The CCSSO Policy Forum brings together experts and education leaders from across the United States to discuss education policy, best practices, challenges to education, and policy implications from across the country.
During the forum, GDOE public information officer Isa Baza said Fernandez was invited to sit on the panel, “Improving Conditions for Learning: The Impact on Students.”
Fernandez discussed student-centered learning and the work Guam is doing to engage students and to create meaningful relationships with stakeholders in order to strengthen and improve conditions for learning.
“I was proud to share the work that Guam is doing to gather student input and use it to inform our work in education,” said Fernandez. “We discussed the importance of being present in our schools, engaging with students and working with groups like our Islandwide Board of Governing Students as well as our Micronesian Student Association leadership to ensure we hear the voices of our students as we make decisions that will impact them and their futures.”
Fernandez is currently the third-longest tenured Chief State School Officer after West Virginia and Louisiana, having served as Superintendent since 2012.
The CCSSO Policy Forum took place from November 10 to 13, 2019.