Business and Community Leaders Convene with Educators at the First Annual Partners in Education Conference

Misty Amaya

Published: Aug. 9, 2017, 6:04 p.m.
Updated: Aug. 9, 2017, 6:04 p.m.
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Business and Community Leaders Convene with Educators at the First Annual Partners in Education Conference

Business and community leaders convene with educators at the first annual Partners In Education (P.I.E.) Conference on August 22, 2017, at LeTourneau University.  The Longview Chamber of Commerce is hosting this half-day program comprised of two critical workshops, the first of which is designed to convene business and community leaders with educators.  The Chamber has contracted with Dr. Peter Bishop, Executive Director of Teach the Future, who believes that students of any age can learn to think critically and creatively about the future and develop collective influencers to catalyze change.  The workshop will also include two best practice case studies with Eastman Chemical Company, Texas Operations, and Longview Regional Medical Center.  

The second workshop is designed specifically for educators.  Dr. Peter Bishop has designed an interactive program which provides free teaching materials and support for educators who want to “Teach the Future.”  He will spend the afternoon helping educators prepare to incorporate futures thinking into their curriculum.  

Dr. T.J. Farler, Superintendent of Pine Tree ISD, feels “This is a strategic opportunity for Pine Tree ISD and the Longview Chamber of Commerce in preparing our students to be competitive and successful in our global society. Pine Tree students will benefit as our teachers will design learning activities that will emphasize critical thinking, communication, and innovation. We are excited to collaborate with Dr. Bishop and our community business leaders.”  

”Longview ISD is excited to participate in this event.  Strong partnerships with area companies are vital to public education, and we are glad to support the Chamber's efforts to facilitate stronger collaboration between schools and businesses.  The only thing constant in education is change: changing students, changing methods, and a changing world.  The only way that we, as educators, can fulfill the high calling of teaching is to always have an eye toward the future.  Our children deserve nothing less,” says Dr. Wilcox, Superintendent of Longview ISD, in response to the program.

The Chamber’s goal in championing education is to help equip students with career-readiness skills in order to help them live their dreams and to strengthen Longview’s economic future.

For more information, contact the Chamber offices at 903.237.4000.  

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The Longview Chamber of Commerce (LCC) is regarded as the leading business resource in Gregg County. We are a member-driven organization that regularly assesses the needs of local business owners and executives. Our programs, products and events are created to deliver the strategic business solutions our members need.  Our mission is to engage in and promote projects that have a positive impact on the Longview Trade Area

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