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Communities In Schools Announces Speakers and Honorees for 40th Anniversary Celebration | Town Hall Conference in Los Angeles

Fmr. Ed Secy. Arne Duncan, TX First Lady Cecilia Abbott, VA Ed Secy. Anne Holton to Speak; Sens. Lamar Alexander & Patty Murray, CAA President Richard Lovett and AT&T Among Honorees

By Communities In Schools April 28, 2017

Arlington, Va.  -  Communities In Schools (CIS), the national organization that works inside schools empowering at-risk students to achieve in school and succeed in life, today announced the lineup of national speakers and honorees for its 40th Anniversary Celebration | Town Hall Conference. The event, held in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 10 – 12, 2017, will mark the organization’s 40-year anniversary and focus on its growth from “Charity to Change”.     

CIS leaders from across the country will join prominent education thought leaders, policy makers and key school district leaders to discuss community solutions that address both the academic and nonacademic needs of students so they can stay in school and achieve in life.

Scheduled keynote speakers on Thursday, May 11 include the First Lady of Texas, Cecilia Abbott and, Anne Holton, who served as Virginia’s Secretary of Education and currently serves as a member of the Virginia Board of Education. 

Former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will moderate a panel on Thursday of district leaders from across the country who will discuss how best to support the 14.5 million children in poverty with an integrated model of academic and non-academic interventions.  Panelists include:

·        Ann Blakeney Clark, Superintendent, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools, NC

·        Dr. Veronica C. Garcia, Superintendent of Schools, Santa Fe Public Schools, NM

·        Dr. Rico Munn, Superintendent, Aurora Public Schools, CO

Thursday evening, CIS National Board Chair Elaine Wynn, CIS Founder Bill Milliken and CIS President and CEO Dale Erquiaga will lead the CIS network, student alumni, funders and prominent supporters in a celebration of the organization’s 40th anniversary. The organization will honor several education advocates with the “All In For Students Awards” for empowering more students around the country to stay in school, graduate and go on to brighter future. Honorees include:

  • Legislative Champion Award: U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) for their leadership in the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
  • Local Philanthropic Leader Award: Richard Lovett, President, Creative Artists Agency, for his longstanding national and local support of Communities In Schools
  • Corporate Champion Award: AT&T for its steadfast commitment to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives through its signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire.

The “All In For Students” Awards ceremony will also include recognition of CIS staff, alumni and educators and serve as a celebration of the organization’s 40th anniversary.The ceremony will follow a Town Hall Conference earlier in the week where CIS leaders from across the country will join prominent education thought leaders, policy makers and key school district leaders to discuss community solutions to help at-risks students.

Select panel discussions will be streamed at Facebook.com/Communities In Schools. News updates can found by following @cisnational on Twitter with the hashtag #AllInForKids.

About Communities In Schools

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.