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2010 Mini-Plenary Sessions

Bringing Learning to Life: Students in Service with the Community
Learn about one school district’s journey into service-learning, including how and why it became a critical feature of community well-being and how it affected students’ academic experience. Connections will be highlighted between the indicators for strong community schools and the features that define solid service-learning programs.

  • Mary Rodgers, Service Learning Facilitator, Abington Senior High School, Abington, PA
  • Roberta E. Hantgan, Manager, Public Education Project, National Education Association, Washington, DC
  • Christine E. Moran, Immaculata University
  • Christopher Platz, Grade 12, Firefighter/ EMT / Red Cross Club
  • Heather Frye, Grade 12, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology Cradles to Crayons
  • Emily Crossette, Grade 11, French Teacher to young children / H2O for Life, vice president Key Club
  • Laquan Magruder, Grade 12, Anti Bullying leader/ National Guardsman

Creating System-Wide Family Engagement Initiatives: New Directions in Policy and Practice
A number of federal, state, and district policy and practice initiatives are focused on the creation of family engagement strategies that are systemic and linked to learning goals and standards. This session will feature one district’s efforts to move family engagement work from disconnected, random programs to a systemic effort that is "linked to learning."

Karen L. Mapp, Ed.D., Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Co-author of "Beyond the Bake Sale"
Michele Brooks, Assistant Superintendent, Boston Public Schools


Curbing Chronic Early Absenteeism: Implications for Community School Collaboratives
Chronic absence (missing 10% or more school days annually) starting in kindergarten negatively affects academic performance and can reach extremely high levels in some schools and districts. Drawing upon national research as well as the experiences of schools in New York, Baltimore, and Grand Rapids, learn about how communities and schools can work together to monitor and address high levels of chronic absence.

  • Hedy N. Chang, Director, Attendance Counts, San Francisco, CA
  • Margarita Cotto-Hernandez, Principal, Burton Elementary School, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Abe Fernandez, Deputy Director, National Center for Community Schools, Children's Aid Society, New York, NY
  • Sue Fothergill, Coordinator, Baltimore City Student Attendance Work Group

Presentation & Handouts:
Expanded Learning: Rethinking Learning Partnerships to Support Student Success
Expanded learning opportunities provide substantial time for academics and enrichment and hold great promise for improving student engagement. Representatives from Boston Public Schools, Harvard University, Citizen Schools, and The After-School Corporation will discuss successes and challenges in forging effective school and community partnerships. Participants will examine unexpected points of origin for partnership, strategies employed, and lessons learned.

  • Lisa Moellman, Assistant Director, Harvard Achievement Support Initiative , smartTALK, Allston, MA
  • Rita Spinola, Assistant Program Director, Department of Extended Learning Time (DELTAS), BPS, Dorchester, MA
  • Moriska Selby, Senior Campus Director, Citizen Schools, Edwards Middle School, Boston, MA
  • Stephanie Edmeade, Director, Expanded Learning Time, Edwards Middle School, Boston Public Schools, MA
  • Saskia Traill, Director of Policy, The After-School Corporation, New York, NY

Presentation & Handouts:
Meeting the Needs of Next Generation Learners: Delivering on Our Promise
Scale up through the Next Generation Learners, an initiative focused on transforming the learning experiences of students by using six critical attributes that provide the basis of powerful partnerships between a range of stakeholders. The Council of Chief State School Officers’ initiative is designed to foster partnerships that can take the innovative practices in your community schools to scale.

  • Elizabeth Partoyan, Strategic Initiative Director, Next Generation Learners, Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC
  • Andy Calkins, Senior Program Officer , The Stupski Foundation, San Francisco, CA
  • Gerald Zahorchak, Secretary of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Harrisburg, PA

Presentation & Handouts:
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