by Caroline Baldwin
Principal Mr. Peter Renwick was appointed by Governor Chris Christie to serve as a commissioner on the Education Commission of the States on April 30.
According to ecs.org, “The Education Commission of the States is a nationwide organization devoted to education at all levels by tracking state policy trends, translate academic research and create opportunities for state leaders to learn from each other.”
Renwick, along with six other New Jersey commissioners, will represent the state while working side-by-side with education leaders from across the country to improve education.
“I’m very honored to be elected; I feel as if this is a great privilege to be able to have an impact on the future of education,” said Renwick.
As a commissioner, Renwick will help the ECS by identifying key education concerns and information from New Jersey, identifying state policy priorities and implementing in-state projects, according to ecs.org.
Renwick has been invited to the ECS’ annual National Forum on Education Policy this summer in Washington, D.C., which will bring together more than 450 of the nation’s top education leaders such as governors, legislators, chief state school officers, state board members, higher education officials and business leaders, according to ecs.org. The forum will address the latest ideas, emerging issues, and best practices in education policy intended to prepare attendees with information, tools and connections to improve education in their state.
Renwick said: “I think the direct experience that I’m going to have with educators from around the country and hearing about best practices and meaningful research that’s been done on many different levels will impact who I am as a principal [and I will] bring that to Westfield.”
He added, “I believe that the commission has an impact on issues that relate to all the schools.”