Closing the global achievement gap and recognizing the efforts of those who support public schools highlighted the 27th Annual Meeting of Wake Education Partnership today.

About 500 business leaders, educators and elected officials attended the event on the campus of NC State University where keynote speaker Tony Wagner spoke about the urgent need to equip students with the survival skills needed in a global economy.

“Content matters, but we need to pare down the curriculum and leave room for more application,” said Wagner, an author and co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. “The world doesn’t care what you know. The world cares what you can do with what you know.”

In addition to Wagner’s address, Wake commissioner and long-time schools supporter Betty Lou Ward received the 2010 Vernon Malone Friend of Education Award for her efforts to improve Wake County’s schools through the years. Ward, a commissioner since 1988, was selected by past recipients of the Friend of Education award.

The Partnership also introduced four new members of its Board of Directors. Joining the non-profit for three-year terms are: Scott Duda of Cherry, Bekaert & Holland of Raleigh; Don Stroud of Hartsfield & Nash Insurance Agency in Wake Forest; Walter Tippett of Ragsdale Liggett in Raleigh; and Sharon Williams of LORD Corp. in Cary.

The Partnership enjoys the support of local businesses from throughout the county on its 40-member Board of Directors.

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About Wake Education Partnership

Wake Education Partnership is an advocacy organization dedicated to making world-class schools possible in Wake County through business and community involvement. It plays a critical role in bringing local leaders together to improve public schools and in educating the public on current education issues. For more information, please visitwww.wakeedpartnership.org.

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