JEFFERSON CITY — State Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, is one of five commissioners representing Missouri at this week’s Education Commission of the States (ECS) Winter Commissioners meeting in Denver.
“Education has always been a priority of mine,” Sen. Pearce said. “This conference brings ideas and processes to the forefront of educators’ and legislators’ minds. At gatherings like this, those who can make the most difference learn what other states and educators are doing to enhance their students’ lives and ability to achieve.”
Sen. Pearce and other commissioners from across the country will take part in sessions discussing how to align state and federal policy to ensure student success, the importance of early childhood education, the impact of elections on education and more.
At the meeting, the nominations committee, on which Sen. Pearce serves, will help determine the future leaders of the organization as well as individual educational leaders, state winners and corporate winners. Winners will be announced at the June annual meeting.
In addition to Sen. Pearce, other Missouri delegates include: Margie Vandeven, commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; Linda Glasgow, 2016 Missouri State Teacher of the Year, Blue Springs School District; Patrick Gadell, attorney; Ellen Kesterson, State Farm Insurance.