The J.O. Combs Unified School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Marcus Berkshire, Coordinator of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, to the Arizona Department of Education's Title I Committee of Practitioners (COP). The COP, composed of administrators, teachers, and representatives, is responsible for the review of all major proposed or final rules or regulations issued by the state, as well as Title I programs under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
The purpose of Title I - Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged is to provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps. Title I provides technical assistance, service and support to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools to help ensure every child has access to an excellent education.
"I am very honored and excited to have been appointed to serve on the Committee of Practitioners,“ said Berkshire. "I look forward to applying my decades of experience as an educator, principal, and administrator to help advance policies that will improve the outcomes and success of Arizona's youth. All students deserve the opportunity to develop the essential skills to become higher-level thinkers, and to be empowered to become respectful, disciplined, motivated leaders in our community."
The COP generally meets four to five times per school year, with members serving three year terms. Members of the public are welcome to attend COP meetings but must register at least two days prior to the meeting. More info regarding COP meetings can be found here.
For more information about the J.O. Combs Unified School District, please visit www.jocombs.org or call (480) 987-5300.
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Kayla Fulmer, Director of Marketing & Community Relations
J.O. Combs Unified School District
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