JB Buxton, founder of Education Innovations Group, talked about trends and key focus areas in public education. See his slide presentation below.
Also at today’s meeting:
- Scott Tarkenton provided an update on the Casino Night sponsorship status. The club is on it’s way to meeting it’s goals.
- Dee Dee Heard updated members that there will be a child-friendly host for the Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner social on March 12th. A signup sheet was passed around during the meeting.
- Carol Hofer, a Rotarian from Zurich, Switzerland, visited the club for the third time. She is visiting family here in Raleigh. She comes to the states for family visits several times a year so we hope to see her again.
2016/02/24 – Education Challenges in NCEducation Innovations Group
J.B. Buxton is the founding principal of the Education Innovations Group, a consulting practice focused PreK-12 and post-secondary public education. Buxton works with state departments of education, national foundations, and state, regional and national organizations focused on dramatic improvements in public education.
Prior to starting the Education Innovations Group, Buxton served in a variety of roles in government and the nonprofit sector, including deputy state superintendent of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, senior education advisor to Gov. Mike Easley (N.C.); a White House Fellow working with the Domestic Policy Council under President Clinton; director of policy and research for the Public School Forum of N.C, and coordinator of special programs for the NC Teaching Fellows Program. He began his career as a high school English teacher and coach in Massachusetts.
Buxton attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Morehead Scholarship, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English. He received his Master’s in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Buxton served from 2011-15 as an appointed member of the Raleigh Planning Commission, has been a long-time youth soccer coach with the Capital Area Soccer League (CASL), and serves on a variety of education-related and community boards.
Buxton lives in Raleigh, N.C. with his wife, Hunter, who is the executive director of Kids Voting NC. They have three children (Drake, Luke and Sadie). Their oldest child attends the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and their two younger children attend Enloe High School in the Wake County Public School System. Buxton is an avid reader of the newspaper and Wallace Stegner and an athlete who refuses to believe his best days are behind him.