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2010 Main Plenary Sessions

Wednesday, April 7th 2010

Opening Plenary: 12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Location: Grand Ballroom

Health and Education: Connecting the Dots through Community Schools
Community schools are the vehicle for building partnerships between education and health institutions that touch the lives of children and their families. In this context, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will provide an overview of health and social challenges as they relate to success in school, focusing on the importance of the health and education connection, i.e., childhood obesity, mental health, and the proven relationship between healthy students and effective learning.

Moderator:  Ira Harkavy, Chair, Coalition for Community Schools and Associate Vice President and founding Director of the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania

Welcome Remarks from:
  • Michael A. Nutter, Mayor, Philadelphia, PA
  • Chaka Fattah, Congressman (D-PA)
  • Gerald L. Zahorchak, Secretary of Education, State of Pennsylvania

  • Video: Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Introduction: Amy Gutmann, President, University of Pennsylvania
  • Keynote Speaker: Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
Dinner and Evening Plenary: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Location: Grand Ballroom A-F
Entertainment: African Drummers, Dancers and Stilt Walkers, Imhotep Institute Charter High School
Local Government and School Leaders: Partners for Community Schools
Cities, counties, and their education partners are strategically scaling community schools to eliminate achievement gaps and broaden education opportunities for children and youth. This special plenary of local government leaders and school leaders will share practical examples of ways that build new and effective student-centered systems for those not likely to succeed in traditional schools.

Moderator:  Audrey M. Hutchinson, Program Director, Education and Afterschool Initiatives, Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, National League of Cities, Washington, DC

  • Sam Adams, Mayor, Portland, OR
  • Lolenzo Poe, Senior Policy Advisor to the Chair, Multnomah County, OR
  • Jim Hinson, Superintendent, Independence School District, Independence, MO
  • Don Reimal, Mayor, Independence, MO
  • Tom Brady, Superintendent, Providence Schools, Providence, RI
  • Lori Shorr, Chief Education Officer for Mayor Michael Nutter, Philadelphia, PA
  • Wayman Britt, Assistant Administrator, County Administrator’s Office, Kent County, MI
  • Bernard Taylor, Superintendent of Schools, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids, MI

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Morning Plenary: 8:30 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. Location: Grand Ballroom A-F
U.S. Department of Education: Moving Community Schools Forward
This year promises to be a banner year for community schools. We have already seen unprecedented support in speeches from and interviews with Secretary Duncan and guidelines from the U.S. Department of Education. Join us in this session to learn more about the Administration and the Department’s vision for community schools.

Moderator: Lisa Villarreal, Program Officer, Education, The San Francisco Foundation

Presenter: James H. Shelton III, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement, Office of Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education

  • Kristen Harper, Advisor, Safe and Drug Free Schools
  • Anna Hinton, Director Office of Parent Options and Information
  • Zollie Stevenson, Director, Director of Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs
  • Sylvia Lyles, Director, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program
  • Jose Rico, Deputy Director, White House Initiative for Excellence in Hispanic Education

Entertainment: Martin Luther King High School Choir
Luncheon Plenary: 12:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Location: Grand Ballroom A-F
Creating Space for Effective Teachers in Community Schools
Join a conversation with leaders from our nation’s teacher unions. Randi Weingarten (AFT) and Dennis Van Roekel (NEA). They will share their perspective on community schools and provide insight into ways to engage more teachers.

Moderator: Martin J. Blank, Director, Coalition for Community Schools and President, Institute for Educational Leadership

  • Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers
  • Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Closing Plenary: 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Location: Grand Ballroom
Demystifying Philanthropy and Your Relationship with Funders
Private philanthropy can provide great support to those starting or growing a community schools initiative. However, it’s not always clear how these funders view community schools. Please join us to hear funders share their views on why they choose to fund community schools efforts locally, in states, and nationally. Panelists will offer tips and suggestions to grant seekers and stress the need for more research-based evidence and demonstrated results.

Moderator: Rhonnel Sotelo, Vice President, Program and Operations, Stuart Foundation


  • Mark Rigdon, Vice President, Director of Global Philanthropic Strategy and Programs, JPMorgan Chase Foundation
  • Susan Doornbos Kerbow, Associate Director, Polk Bros. Foundation
  • Susan Gilmore, President, United Way of Greater Lehigh Valley
  • Caroline Maillard, Senior Program Officer, The Seattle Foundation
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