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Tucker speaks to Chamber

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Clay Community Schools Superintendent Kim Tucker believes people always want to learn.

On Tuesday, Tucker was the guest speaker for the June meeting of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce.

Tucker began her presentation by offering an exercise, asking all members to remember something from when they were in school.

Then, she asked the members to share those memories with others.

"All of us like to reminisce about our school days," Tucker said.

After the exercise, Tucker was quick to point out most of the chatter amongst the members was positive memories from school.

"The kinds of experiences that make the most impression on people are those that engage them," Tucker said. "People want to learn. It's a natural instinct."

In contrast, Tucker said it is difficult in school systems today.

"It's more drill and kill and test and look at accountability," she said.

Still, Tucker said students are always left with impressions from the "best teachers and best administrators."

She also discussed a recent study conducted between national superintendents and business leaders. In the study, she said superintendents pointed to problem solving as the top skill students needed, while business leaders pointed to problem identification and articulation as the top skill.

Tucker said in an ever-changing world, the challenge for educators today is to not only help students with problem solving, but expand and take it steps further to continue skill development.

"Our world is changing so rapidly," she said. "These are difficult tasks for educators."

In reference to the local school corporation, Tucker said things are "going well."

"We have maintained a healthy cash balance, and we have a healthy Rainy Day Fund," she said.

Tucker added corporation Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) scores were "encouraging," noting the corporation had "some very strong schools."

"I think we have some exciting times coming," she added.

Tucker then looked to the future of education, saying she believed students would be using more technology in the learning process. For example, she said in the future, students may be using more Internet-based tools for learning.

"I know we can (go this route) cheaper than textbooks," she said.

Tucker asked all those in attendance Tuesday to continually make contact with her.

"We are all in this together," she said. "Businesses and the school corporation are aligned."

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