Washington, DC – Jan. 16. 2015 - Communities In Schools (CIS), the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization, will host its Leadership Town Hall conference in New Orleans from Jan. 21 - Jan. 23, 2015. The national education conference will focus on efforts to change the picture of education in America.
CIS leaders from across the country will join national thought leaders, local policy makers and key school district leaders to identify and share best practices for community solutions that address both the academic and nonacademic needs of students so they can stay in school and achieve in life.
Among the scheduled Town Hall conversations is a Thursday panel discussion featuring two prominent voices in national education: American Federation of Teachers Executive Vice President Mary Cathryn Ricker and National Alliance for Public Charter Schools President/CEO Nina Rees.
Their discussion will focus on the effects of poverty in public schools and comes just days after a groundbreaking new report from the Southern Education Foundation found that low income children are now the majority of students attending public schools in the U.S. The discussion, Poverty and Public Schools: Finding Common Ground, will be moderated by Politico Education Reporter Caitlin Emma.
News updates from that panel discussion and others at Town Hall can be found by following @cisnational on Twitter or the hashtag #CISTH15
Working directly in more than 2,300 schools in 25 states and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools is the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization proven to keep students in school and on the path to graduation. For the 2015-2016 school year, Communities In Schools served nearly 1.5 million students and successfully helped 99 percent of our case-managed students stay in school.