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Education Foundation to sponsor public forum on education

Published 9:06am Wednesday, September 12, 2012

As part of the festivities included in this year’s Pathways to Success program, a public forum on education will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday in the lower level of the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center. The public is invited.

Don Draayer, a Distinguished alumni himself in 2007, will moderate the forum. Draayer is an Albert Lea High School graduate from the Class of 1953. Among his many career achievements in education, he was named AASA (American Association of School Administrators) National Superintendent of the Year. The panel will include a number of distinguished alumni honored in past years.

Categories he wishes participants and audience to consider include  the following:

1. Who should be educated?

2. What does a child today need to know (knowledge), be (character), and be able to do (skills) in order to strive and thrive and contribute positively in the modern day world?

3. What type of educational curriculum (subjects for study and means of instruction) will best bring about these outcomes?

4. How should educational institutions be formed and operated for best results in the 21st century?

The Pathways to Success Distinguished Alumni Banquet will follow that evening at Wedgewood Cove in Albert Lea. Tickets were sold through Sept. 7 for that event.  The four honorees this year include former ALHS teacher Earl Jacobsen, Dale Hanson, Manny Steil, and Barry Blackhawk (post humously).

On Friday, Jacobsen, Hanson, and Steil will also be speaking to members of the senior class at Albert Lea High School. By hearing the experiences of these alumni, the students can gain encouragement and inspiration to follow their own pathways to success.

The Education Foundation of Albert Lea is a nonprofit organization promoting a community commitment to the education of children and sponsoring several funds which support those endeavors. More information is available through the foundation website at or by email at