Howell teacher helping develop plan to reopen state’s schools

Gregory Talberg

Gregory Talberg, a teacher with the Howell Public Schools District, is one of 25 people appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to serve on Michigan’s COVID-19 Return to School Advisory Council.

“This group brings together experts in health care and education — including students, educators, and parents — to think about how to ensure the more than 1.5 million K-12 students across Michigan get the education they need and deserve,” Whitmer said. “On behalf of our kids, their families, and the more than 100,000 educators in our state, we must all work together to get this right. I know this group is prepared to carefully examine the data and consult with experts when helping me determine what is best for our kids.”

On May 15, 2020, Whitmer signed Executive Order No. 2020-88 creating the COVID-19 Return to School Advisory Council. The Advisory Council was created to identify the critical issues that must be addressed, provide valuable input to inform the process of returning to school, and to ensure a smooth and safe transition back to school. The Council will act in an advisory capacity to the Governor and the COVID-19 Task Force on Education, and will develop and submit recommendations to the COVID-19 Task Force on Education regarding the safe, equitable, and efficient K-12 return to school in the Fall.

The Return to Learn Advisory Council will recommend actions to remove statutory and administrative barriers to delivering education before Phase 6 of the MI Safe Start Plan and help develop and improve systems for academic support for students who experienced learning loss during the Spring/Summer 2020. The Council must report regularly to the COVID-19 Task Force on Education on its activities and make recommendations on an ongoing basis.

Talberg, a resident of Williamston, has a master of educational K-12 administration from Michigan State University, as well as a master of education in social studies education from the University of Florida. He is appointed to represent educators for a term which began June 3 2020, and expires on Dec. 31, 2020.

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