A Note from Gaston
Mike had a bold vision for districtwide school reform. His work at the College Board centered around envisioning and then implementing our College Readiness System, a systemwide platform of high school reform that elevates education in entire school districts in meaningful, measurable ways. Mike believed in the fundamental necessity of districtwide school reform. He joined the College Board, in large part, because he believed we were the best organization in this country to lead systemwide
During the days since Mike’s death, I have been touched by not just the outpouring of grief from his colleagues here and around the country but also by the magnitude of their esteem for Mike. He was our colleague and friend, and he was a passionate visionary whose work profoundly affected us, along with many educators around the country. We will miss Mike, but we can take comfort in knowing that the foundation he laid is strong. Our dedication to seeing that foundation grow and strengthen will be a testament to his life’s work.
In other news, the National Association for College Admission Counseling issued an important report last month, and I thought it would be useful to share our reaction to the report with you. We at the College Board respect the findings of the commission and are working closely with our member institutions to understand the new and changing needs of our constituents in order to ensure those needs are met.
As you know, the College Board is focused on preparing students for college success and strives to be a national leader in college readiness. We believe that we accomplish this by being active listeners who embrace change and are always ready to improve our work.
We are especially looking forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas about these — and many other topics — at our upcoming national Forum Nov. 5-8 in Houston. We expect about 2,000 attendees at the Forum and are especially interested in the discussions that will be taking place against the backdrop of a newly elected president, a challenged economy and the ever-increasing demands on our educational community. I look forward to seeing many of you there and hearing your thoughts.
As always, I thank you for being part of the College Board.
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