LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Janet Cannon, a member of the Utah State Board of Education, is being awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). The national award is given annually to a state board of education member in recognition of outstanding service to public education.
“Janet Cannon is a tireless, passionate, and enormously effective advocate on behalf of Utah’s schoolchildren. Her work on the state board of education has helped improve Utah’s public schools. Her involvement and influence on national education issues has benefited the state education system. Janet exemplifies personal and professional dedication to improving public education. We honor her for the positive difference she has made to the lives of thousands of young people,” said Brenda Welburn, NASBE Executive Director.
Cannon is the Vice-chairwoman of the Utah State Board of Education. She has served on the board since 1995, the last six in this leadership position. With her guidance, the board has developed a strategic plan and board bylaws. Through Mrs. Cannon’s influence, policies on such varied topics as charter schools, alternative routes to teacher licensing, increased graduation requirements, and a revision of core curriculum requirements have been instituted.
She has served on many other statewide boards and committees, including the Utah School Trust Lands Advisory Committee, the Utah College of Applied Technology Education Board, the Utah Public Education Coalition, and the Enhancement of Public Education Legislative Task Force among others. Cannon currently represents the state board of education on the state board of regents. Her NASBE leadership includes service on the organization’s board of directors and eight years on the governmental affairs committee.
The award is being presented at NASBE’s national conference in Louisville, Kentucky on October 13.
NASBE, www.nasbe.org, represents America’s state and territorial boards of education. Our principal objectives are to strengthen state leadership in education policymaking; advocate equality of access to educational opportunity; promote excellence in the education of all students; and assure responsible lay governance of education.