College and Career Readiness: Generation Schools CEO Joins Panel at Civil Rights Research Roundtable to Discuss Advancing Equity Through More and Better Learning Time

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Generation Schools Network™ announced its CEO has been invited to participate in this week’s Civil Rights Research Roundtable on Education. Wendy Loloff Piersee will join prominent education leaders from around the country, all of whom will address a variety of topics relating to Advancing Equity Through More and Better Learning Time.

Generation Schools Network empowers students to dream bigger, work harder, and care more.

Our model, as implemented at Brooklyn Generation School and West Generation Academy seeks to revolutionize college/career transition for low-income and minority students and is unlike anything else we have seen in the education sector..

Generation Schools Network™, the nationally-recognized, award-winning non-profit whose innovative education model offers students up to 30% more and better learning time and teachers considerable collaborative time to prepare effective instruction without increasing their work year, announced its CEO has been invited to participate in this week’s Civil Rights Research Roundtable on Education. Wendy Loloff Piersee will join prominent education leaders from around the country, all of whom will address a variety of topics relating to Advancing Equity Through More and Better Learning Time. Ms. Piersee will focus specifically on the subject of College and Career Ready Pathways as part of a panel discussion.

The Civil Rights Research Roundtable on Education, which regularly convenes national civil rights leaders and their senior education staff together with researchers and policy analysts working on the most pressing issues in education reform, will hold its two-day workshop and conversation in Denver, Colorado on September 9th and 10th. Education experts invited to attend will share their research in an effort to assist Civil Rights leaders in identifying new ways to expand opportunity and eliminate pernicious racial disparities in education. This event is sponsored by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund, in collaboration with the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law & Social Policy at the University of California – Berkeley School of Law, with support from the Ford Foundation.

Ms. Piersee will join a group of other experts from three regions of the United States, including Denver, Los Angeles, and Rochester, New York, to explore the topic of Advancing Equity Through More and Better Learning Time. Panelists will include Aurea Montes-Rodriguez, Community Coalition, Los Angeles; Amy Beres, Padres y Jovenes Unidos, Denver; Caterina Leone-Mannino, Rochester City School District, Rochester; in addition to Ms. Piersee from Generation Schools Network, Denver. The panel will be led by Marisa Saunders, UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA).

The panel will focus on how More and Better Learning Time can impact college and career transition planning for all students, with emphasis on two key questions. First, how are expanded learning time reform efforts helping schools to partner more effectively with community-based organizations and business to reduce school push-out, and provide equitable access to college and career readiness opportunities? Second, how can leaders in education get better at recognizing and advocating for effective implementation?

Ms. Piersee remarked, “It is an honor for Generation Schools Network to participate in the Civil Rights Research Roundtable on Education with such an esteemed group of education professionals from around the country.” Ms. Piersee continued, “We are delighted to be part of a forum in which we can share our knowledge, research, and outcomes on this important topic. Our model, as implemented at Brooklyn Generation School and West Generation Academy, seeks to revolutionize college/career transition for low-income and minority students and is unlike anything else we have seen in the education sector, so sharing in this forum is a privilege that we hope will pay significant dividends for students.”

For more information about the Civil Rights Research Roundtable on Education, visit their web site at http://www.warreninstitute3.org/index.html.

ABOUT GENERATION SCHOOLS NETWORK™

Generation Schools Network™ (GSN) is a nationally recognized, award-winning nonprofit organization whose innovative education model offers students and teachers up to 30% more and better learning time. Recognized by Bridgespan and the Center for High-Impact Philanthropy as one of the most cost-effective and promising school-redesign models in the country, GSN is dedicated to re-thinking the basic structures of a public school to ensure that all students – regardless of life circumstances – have access to a great education. Ultimately, their mission is to fundamentally transform schools to better prepare students for life’s responsibilities, challenges, and opportunities.

Generation Schools Network re-organizes the resources that districts already have -- particularly talent, time, and technology -- to implement the first-and-only education model in the nation that expands learning time and reduces class size for all students in core courses. As a result, good teachers are able to spend more time with fewer students, without increasing the work year or requiring an overhaul to existing teachers’ contracts. Importantly, the Generation Schools Network model seeks to be cost effective for district and school budgets.

To learn more about Generation Schools Network, visit http://www.GenerationSchools.org, send an email to info(at)GenerationSchools(dot)org, or call (720) 299-0474.

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