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Leading and Learning with the Council of Chief State School Officers
December 11, 2014

In mid-November, I was named president of the Council of Chief State School Officers, a national, non-profit organization of public officials who lead departments of elementary and secondary education. Throughout my career, I have always valued the guidance and support the Council provides to the nation’s public school leaders, and I am so honored to have been chosen for this leadership role.

Over the past few years, I have been a part of the Council’s work with the National Governors Association and many others in developing a unified set of math and reading standards for public schools nationwide. And most recently, I served on the CCSSO’s Career Readiness Task Force and worked with many partners in searching for ways to elevate career readiness programs in K-12 public schools. The Task Force’s final report, Opportunities and Options: Making Career Preparation Work for Students report is available online (pdf, 486kb). To date, 41 states, the District of Columbia, and the Northern Mariana Islands have agreed to support the recommendations in the report. During these and many other experiences with the CCSSO, I have been reminded that there is so much that North Carolina public schools can learn from other states and that we have many valuable lessons to offer others as well.

As I guide the Council’s work this year, I will continue to encourage the sharing of best practices among state education organizations. I am so honored to represent North Carolina in this leadership role; and I look forward to working with my counterparts across the country to address the major issues that face public education today.





June St. Clair Atkinson
State Superintendent