SB2 Reporting Out: GOOD EDUCATION–Learning for a Lifetime, Jan 26


Left to right: Panelists Mireya Eavey, Dr. Larry Thompson, Jennifer Vigne and Keynote Speaker Mary Chance. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan 

Last Thursday, SRQ magazine’s  SB2: GOOD EDUCATION Learning for a Lifetime breakfast symposium shed light on the need for co-creation and partnership in the development and impact of real-world education priorities.


CS&L CPA Principal Jay Clarkson welcomes guest to SB2: GOOD EDUCATION. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 

After opening remarks by series sponsor Jay Clarkson of CS&L CPAS, Keynote Speaker, Mary Chance, President of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations began the discussion by stating as technology and new instruction techniques morph modern classrooms, schools and educators are reevaluating the way information gets conveyed.

“What we are trying to think about is how local education foundations may help teacher leaders develop and help teachers improve their practice,” Chance stated. “We have an initiative going on in about a dozen school districts called Peers in Public Practice. It’s teachers accessing their peers who are experts in an area–giving their peer teachers real world, real time opportunities to observe in small groups their teaching techniques. They then debrief and reflect on what they might have done in their own teaching style and classroom.”


Stacy Carlson of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations delivers keynote presentation. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

Between bites, guests picked up thought provoking insight from some of the region’s most inspiring educational organizations: Jennifer Vigne of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Dr. Larry Thompson of the Ringling College of Art and Design, and Mireya Eavey of CareerEdge.


Left to right: Mireya Eavey, Jennifer Vigne, Wes Roberts (center, moderator), Dr. Larry Thompson and Mary Chance. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 

Jennifer Vigne
, President of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County stated, “We believe we have a lot of opportunity and hope for our future,” she said. “We also know we are sitting locally in one of the highest performing school districts in the state of Florida, but we know good schools are not good enough for where we are moving in a world that is changing at a rapid rate.”

To that point, Mireya Eavey, Executive Director of CareerEdge urged the audience to think outside of the traditional 4-year college degree, “We need to have the conversation that taking the technical track could be the entry way for education.” She went on to emphasize the rise in technical certifications available to job seekers, explaining that many choose this option to test a career track before going back to school for that bachelor’s degree.


Jennifer Vigne of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County speaks on innovation in education. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

“Education is more than just schooling. Education occurs outside the walls of the classroom as well. I hope all of us can commit and invest in the idea of that lifelong learning,” said Jennifer Vigne, President of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County.


NewGate student, Ben Bogard at SB2: GOOD EDUCATION breakfast symposium. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

In addition to SB2 regulars, SRQ MEDIA hosted students from Sarasota and Manatee area schools. Panelists kept the needs of these direct end-users of innovation in mind as they discussed the roadmap for education. “We have to prepare students for change,” said Dr. Larry Thompson, president of Ringling College of Art and Design. “For the students out there, you will have at least eight different careers in your lifetime—not jobs, careers. Of those, four do not exist yet.”

We would like to recognize the students and faculty from Out-of-Door Academy, The Community Day School, Visible Men Academy, NewGate School, Booker High School, Riverview High School, McIntosh Middle School, Booker Middle School, Wilkinson Elementary and Bay Haven Elementary who attended last week’s event. Thank you for your engagement and your insights!


Left to right: Wilkinson Elementary student Austin Bilello, Wilkinson Elementary teacher Mark Harrison, Wilkinson Elementary student Anna Ourednik, Wilkinson Elementary principal Susan Nations, Bay Haven Elementary student Alitash Tafesse, Bay Haven Elementary student Mojdeh 

We couldn’t have learned the incredible things from this thought-provoking discussion without our series sponsors: CS&L CPAs, The Resort at Longboat Key Club, Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.Thank you for supporting the SB2 series, but most importantly, thank you for the ways you give back and help people in our community each and every day. Your example inspires us.


Representatives from SB2 Series Sponsor The Resort at Longboat Key Club. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 


Click here to read the article about SB2: Good Coast in SRQ DAILY. A gallery of images from SB2: GOOD EDUCATION: Learning for a Lifetime is available online. The 2016-2017 SB2 season will continue on Thursday, March 30 with SB2 GOOD CULTURE: Burgeoning Arts featuring Keynote Speaker Nathan Schwagler, Co-Director of the Dali Museum. For 2016-2017 SB2 member passes, visit

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