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Critical Issues Forums

The first Critical Issues Forum of the Year was held April 20 and focused on “Arts Education and the Innovation Workforce.” Here, Georgia Council for the Arts Executive Direct Karen Paty adds some thoughts in answer to a question raised during the audience Q/A period. The second Forum - Closing Georgia's Talent Gap - was held August 16. The next Forum is planned November 9.

What are Critical Issues Forums?

The Georgia Partnership conducts Forums three times a year that offer interesting discussion on topical education subjects.  They are free and open to the public and offer guest speakers, panel discussions and an opportunity for audience questions/answers.  (Registration is now open for the next Forum - November 9.  See the left side of this page for details.)

2017 Forums  (Check the left side of this page for a report on the first two 2017 Forums.)

August 16 - Closing Georgia's Talent Gap

April 20 - Arts Learning and the Innovation Workforce

The last 2016 Forum was held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta November 17.  The event - "Opportunity, Prosperity & Growth: Education's Role" - and featured guest speaker, Dr. David Altig, Executive Vice President & Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Here are Dr. Altig's slides. 

A panel discussion followed.  Panelists included Dr. Stuart Andreason, Senior Community and Economic Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Carol Lewis, President, Communities in Schools of Georgia; David Scheible, Advising Partner, Clayton Dubilier and Rice, LLC; and Ken Zeff, Executive Director, Learn for Life - Metro Atlanta.  Check the video report.

The August 18 Forum, sponsored by AT&T, was an informative look at "21st Century Skills for a 21st Century Workforce." The event was held at the General Assembly-Atlanta, Ponce City Market. Event video will be posted here Monday, August 22. Here is the video report.

Here are the slides presented by the first speaker, Mr. Peter Franconi, Regional Director - Atlanta General Assembly:
21st Century Skills for a 21st Century Workforce

Also, Franconi referenced two white papers:
Skills Based Hiring
Blurring Lines

Media Reports:
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 13 weeks of coding training, $60,000 salary.  Should we sign our kids up for coding instead of college?
WSB-TV - These kids were discussed by panelist Gilda Lyon at the Forum: Local first grade students make thousands, will speak to thousands.

The first Forum of 2016, April 28, also sponsored by AT&T, focused on "The Wellness Impact on Education." Video Report.  Related: Save the Children report: Economic Playgrounds 2016 - Comparing Lives of Children in G20 Countries.

Media Reports:
CNHI (Moultrie Observer) - Deal called upon to improve mental health system
Henry Daily Herald - Officials discuss solutions to tackling youth mental healthcare
Insider Advantage (subscription required) - Georgia ranks low in "Wellness of Education"
WABE-Radio - Ga. officials acknowledge child mental health care hurdles

There was also a wealth of related informational material available to the attendees.  Here are links to those publications:

Children's Mental Health Study (Georgia House of Representatives)

How TeleHealth Can Augment Care (Voices for Georgia's Children)

How Medicaid and Peachcare Money Works (Voices for Georgia's Children)

Georgia's Crisis in Child Adolescent Behavioral Health (Voices for Georgia's Children)

Maximizing Opportunities for Access to Quality Care with School-Based Health Centers (Voices for Georgia's Children)

2015 Forums


The last Forum of 2015 was held November 4: "Closing the Higher Education Attainment Gap."  Here is a short reportHere is the videotape. 

Media reports:
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Morris News Service
Atlanta Journal-Constitution


This Forum, sponsored by Comcast, was conducted August 12.  Mr. Mike Carnathan, researcher with the Atlanta Regional Commission, gave the featured presentation: Demographic Data - Change What You Know/Know What to Change.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ran this article:  Education gap looms, affects Georgia jobs (subscription required to read full article). The AJC's Maureen Downey devoted one of her columns to the topic:  Big picture of state's demographic shifts: Not a pretty picture for schools.    Here is the video of the Forum.


The first 2015 Forum - The Economic Power of Early Care and Education - was conducted April 28.  Here is video coverage of the event. Here is Atlanta Journal-Constitution coverage.