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
Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to empowering at-risk students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future. Working directly inside more than 2,300 schools across the country, we connect kids to caring adults and community resources designed to help them succeed. We do whatever it takes to ensure that all kids—regardless of the challenges they may face—have what they need to realize their potential.