MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama State Superintendent of Education Michael Sentance was at Faulkner University on Tuesday to promote the state's strategic plan for public education.
That program is called Alabama Ascending, and it's a statewide initiative to try and improve the quality of teaching in Alabama's public schools.
Sentance gave the keynote address at Faulkner's Harris College of Business, where deans of education at colleges from around the state gathered to determine new ways to improve Alabama's public education programs.
"The quality of teaching is a critical part of how we're going to improve Alabama public education," Sentance said. "So this is a conversation that we're having with the deans of the schools of education and other school of education officials to talk about what we imagine will be the future of public education and what they can do to try to help facilitate that, and the kinds of innovations that we're trying to bring to the preparation of teachers so that they're thinking along the same lines as we are on a state level."
Before his address, Sentance said he was confident that the meeting of education leaders would lead to good things for the education system.
"Yeah, I think that there's a lot of great leadership in our schools of education," he said. "I think that there's a lot of people that care deeply about the future of public education in Alabama, so I'm very optimistic that is going to be a fruitful conversation."