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Join the Coalition for Community Schools in partnership with the Cincinnati Public Schools and the Community Learning Centers Institute for the 2014 National Forum:
Community Schools: The Engine of Opportunity Our theme reflects the Coalition's commitment to equal opportunity for all students. We believe that community schools, with their deep and sustained partnerships between schools and community resources, are the “engine” that will prepare our young people to succeed. This Forum comes at a key moment in time. There is a growing awareness and discussion of the importance of student engagement in learning, and the influence of out-of-school factors, including poverty on student achievement.
When: Wednesday, April 9 - Friday, April 11, 2014
Where: Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St, Cincinnati, Ohio (513 419 7300)
Wednesday, April 9th Lunch Kickoff: Excellence for All – Means All
Chris Edley, Co-Chair Commission on Equity and Education
Chris Edley, Chair of the Commission on Equity and Excellence, and former dean of the University of California Berkeley School of Law offers a unique perspective into the equity challenges our nation faces and explains the recommendations of the Commission, what we all must do to make them a reality, and what community schools can contribute.
Wednesday, April 9th Dinner: The Cincinnati Story
Mary Ronan, Superintendent, Cincinnati Public Schools
Superintendent Mary A. Ronan - now in her fifth year leading Cincinnati Public Schools and her 37th year with the district - believes "national prominence is within CPS'grasp, and, pulling together, I have no doubt we will achieve it." With a keen focus on raising students' academic achievement, Superintendent Ronan has led Cincinnati Public Schools, through the implementation of the community learning centers, to the distinction of being Ohio's highest-performing urban school district for four school years: 2009-10, 2010-11,2011-12 and 2012-13.
Eve Bolton, President, Cincinnati Board of Education
Eve is a current President of the Cincinnati Public School Board of Education. She served as a master teacher during her 35 years with the Wyoming City Schools, and was elected Wyoming Teacher’s Union President. During her teaching tenure, Eve’s students ranked #1 in the Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics category across the world. Politically active herself, Eve also served as the first woman elected to executive office in Hamilton County as County Recorder.
P.G. Sittenfeld, City Council
P.G. Sittenfeld became the youngest person ever elected to Cincinnati City Council when he finished 2nd in a field of 23 candidates in his first run for public office in 2011. Sittenfeld won re-election to his city-wide seat in 2013, earning a higher percentage of the vote and winning by a larger margin than any candidate in Cincinnati City Council history. He currently chairs the City's Education & Entrepreneurship Committee. Sittenfeld returned to Cincinnati to become the Assistant Director of the Community Learning Center Institute. In this role, Sittenfeld helps turn Cincinnati schools into neighborhood hubs offering health, educational, and recreational opportunities for students, families and the surrounding community.
Darlene Kamine, Community Learning Centers Institute
Darlene Green Kamine is the founding Executive Director of the Community Learning Center Institute, a not for profit agency which is dedicated to the development of all schools as community learning centers, responsive to the vision and needs of each school and its neighborhood. Kamine worked as a consultant to Cincinnati Public Schools from 2000 to 2010 to design, develop and implement the transformation of Cincinnati’s schools into community learning centers. This district-wide initiative has been recognized with the 2013 Award of Excellence by the Coalition of Community Schools, the first given to a district-wide system of community learning centers.
Jim Schiff, President, Schiff Foundation
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Jim Schiff received his B.A. from Duke University and his M.A. and PhD from New York University. He is the author or editor of five books on contemporary American fiction, including John Updike Revisited,Understanding Reynolds Price, and Updike in Cincinnati. He hasserved on various nonprofit boards, including the Duke University Trinity Board of Visitors, the University of Cincinnati Foundation, The Seven Hills School,the Community Learning Center Institute, WCET-TV, and the Mercantile Library.
Dr. Ivan Lugo
Dr. Iván Lugo, DMD, MBA, FACD, FICD is an academic social entrepreneur, and a visible published thought leader for communities requiring extreme affordability solutions to increase the primary care access, awareness and overall well-being of high-risk populations. Prior to private practice and consulting, he held positions as faculty, chairman, and dean during his seventeen year tenure at Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry. His advocacy led to working with local, state, and national stakeholders to integrate Community-Based Dental Education service-learning programs into dental education curriculum.
Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers
Randi Weingarten is president of the 1.5 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO. Weingarten has been an advocate for community schools since her election as president in 2008. Prior to this, Weingarten served for 12 years as president of the United Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 2, representing approximately 200,000 educators in the New York City public school system, as well as home child care providers and other workers in health, law and education. In 2013, the New York Observer named Weingarten one of the most influential New Yorkers of the past 25 years.Washington Life magazine included Weingarten on its 2013 Power 100 list of influential leaders.
David Johns, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans
David Johns l, is President Barack Obama's executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. As executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, Johns works to identify evidence-based best practices to improve African American student achievement—from cradle to career.
State Senator Liu California
Carol Liu was elected to her second term in the California State Senate in 2012. She was a State Assembly member from 2000 to 2006. Prior to that, Carol served eight years as a City Council member, including two terms as Mayor of La Cañada Flintridge. She chairs the Senate Education Committee. Carol is promoting community schools implementation in her Senate District and statewide. In 2013, she conducted a statewide tour to visit and increase awareness of community schools among elected officials, government and non-profit service providers, the business community, and the public.
Ira Harkavy, Netter Center for Community Partnerships
Ira Harkavy is Associate Vice President and founding Director of the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania. As Director of the Netter Center since 1992, Harkavy has helped to develop academically based community service courses as well as participatory action research projects that involve creating university-assisted community schools in Penn's local community of West Philadelphia. Harkavy chaired the Coalition for Community Schools since its inception in 1997 until 2012. He now serves as Chair Emeritus of the Coalition.
Kent McGuire, President and CEO, Southern Education Foundation
Kent McGuire is the President and CEO of the Southern Education Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia. The Foundation focuses on public policy and educational practice from pre-K to higher education in the southern United States. Through a variety of programs and services, SEF has been particularly concerned with questions of equal access to quality education for children and youth and to the participation and success of poor and minority students in postsecondary education.
Pedro Segarra, Mayor Hartford, Connecticut
A believer in the benefits of early childhood learning, the Mayor has been one of the City’s strongest advocates for education reform effort, launched in 2007. Under his leadership, over $250 million has been invested to build and renovate Hartford public schools. Mayor Segarra has been a keen supporter of the Hartford Community Schools Partnerships (HCSP). The HCSP received the Coalition’s Community Schools Initiative Award for Excellence in 2013.
Michael Chris Coleman, Mayor St. Paul, Minnesota
Chris Coleman took office as Saint Paul’s Mayor in 2005 after several years as a city council member, community and neighborhood leader. Immediately, Mayor Coleman set forth initiatives to make Saint Paul the most livable city in America. Bridging the education gap for children has been at the core of Mayor Coleman’s agenda. Mayor Coleman has introduced revolutionary programs that focus on how our students spend their crucial time outside of the classroom and how to extend social and academic opportunities beyond the school day, opening new doors of opportunity to a better life and creating a safe environment for them to live and play. Mayor Coleman is currently the President of the National League of Cities, a national organization of city leaders across the United States.
Friday, April 11th Closing: Because Every Child Deserves Every Chance
Rev. William Barber, Chair North Carolina NAACP
Rev. Dr. William Barber is president of the North Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Rev. Dr. William Barber has helped to lead the fight for voter rights, just redistricting, health care reform, labor and worker rights, protection of immigration rights, and reparation for women survivors of Eugenics, and most importantly, educational equality.
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