Mow, Stahly, Kirkton, Jantzi on tap for Horizon Education Alliance
Posted: 08/29/2012 at 1:15 am
By: Marlys Weaver-Stoesz
Horizonís executive director, Brian Wiebe, and Elkhart County Commissioner Mike Yoder spoke to the Goshen School Board Monday evening about Horizonís work through its first several months and whatís to come.
Wiebe listed several future staff members, many who have long backgrounds in local education.
Aliah Carolan-Silva, who has worked as a research fellow at Goshen Collegeís Center for Intercultural Teaching and Learning, will lead the research and assessment piece of the initiative. She and Wiebe officially begin their positions with Horizon Oct. 1.
Several others will join Horizonís staff as funding is available, Wiebe said.
Bruce Stahly, who retired as Goshenís superintendent this summer, will lead Horizonís preschool development, Wiebe said. Don Jantzi, who retired as principal at Chamberlain Elementary this summer, will become coordinator of parent engagement. Mark Mow, who retired as Elkhart Community Schoolsí superintendent this summer, and his wife, Kathryn Mow, will lead initiatives in science, technology, engineering, the arts and math. Jim Kirkton, who resigned as Goshen High Schoolís principal this summer, will become coordinator of secondary and post-secondary success.
Jim Siegmann of the Elkhart County Community Foundation will be an ambassador to non-profit organizations. Wiebe said the Alliance is still looking for a director of coaching who would organize field trips, reading coaches for the younger grades and coaches for other subjects in later grades.
Horizonís staff will work out of formal offices. Horizonís board is considering what space is best at this point, Wiebe said.
The Horizon Education Alliance formed last January when the Elkhart County Commissioners approved an agreement to create an alliance between local school and community leaders in order to carry out the Horizon 2.0 committeeís recommendations. Those proposals, also presented in January, focused on expanding early childhood education and building a college and career-ready culture in Elkhart County through a set of more specific proposals.
The Horizon board had been working to create a strategic plan through the summer, which it approved in July. That plan includes several longterm goals, including having every child kindergarten-ready by age 5 in 10 years and for every child to have a parent or caregiver involved in the childís learning within 20 years.
Those are large, long-term goals, Wiebe said, but the Alliance is finishing up its operational plan, which will include more details on how to achieve those goals, including accountability measures.
Goshen Superintendent Diane Woodworth noted at the school board meeting that Goshen Community Schools is discussing contributing funds to the Alliance. Wiebe said that funding for Horizonís efforts will come from a variety of funding sources, including local businesses and foundations.
Yoder explained to the board how they have not found any other initiative moving forward like the local group.
ďEvery step we go forward is new territory and thatís exciting for us as an alliance, and I hope is exciting for you as a school board as we consider these next steps,Ē Yoder said.