• New Commissioner of Education Visits District


    “I’ll be back!” … Or words to that effect.

    Richard Crandall, the new Commissioner of Education for the state of Colorado, promised last week that his first visit to District 50 won’t be his last.

    Superintendent Pam Swanson invited Crandall to spend some time in the district while he was in Westminster for the annual Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) Winter Leadership Conference held at the Westin Hotel. He immediately took her up on the offer, visiting with her and touring Westminster High School.

    He started the job as Commissioner last month, following a nationwide search after the retirement of Robert Hammond in June.

    Crandall has a long, varied background in education and is a proponent of Competency Based Education where students advance to the next learning level only after showing mastery of a learning topic.

    He had a lot of questions about District 50’s Competency Based System (CBS) which began in 2009. He was provided with a briefing book about CBS and shown the data highlighting the strong academic gains made by students since the implementation of CBS.

    Crandall was a former state legislator in Arizona where he served as chairman of the education committees in both the Arizona Senate and House. He also served as a school board member and president of Mesa Public Schools, Arizona’s largest school district.

    Wyoming Governor Matt Mead appointed Crandall to head the Wyoming Department of Education in 2013, but that position was ultimately ruled unconstitutional by the Wyoming Supreme Court.

    You can read more about Crandall’s views on education and CBS in an interview he conducted late last year with Chalkbeat Colorado.

    Posted February 8, 2016