Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 26, 2014
On Thursday, March 27, Communities In Schools (CIS) and the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (WHIEEH) will host a national policy forum to discuss strategies to empower Hispanic students.
The national and local education leaders in attendance include Rafael Lopez, Senior Policy Advisor for the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana, Education Advisor to Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Dan Cardinali, President, Communities In Schools.
The forum will focus on the efficacy of Los Angeles’ integrated student supports (ISS) programs like Communities In Schools – the largest ISS provider in the Los Angeles Unified School District – that have successfully increased achievement among young men of color, specifically Hispanic students.
Members of the media are encouraged to attend any or all of the events at Thursday’s forum. Please RSVP to Dan Fuller at fullerd(at)cisnet(dot)org if you wish to attend.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
8:30 – 5:00 p.m. PDT
WHAT: White House officials and local leaders host ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ forum in Los Angeles.
WHERE: Creative Artists Agency, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067
8:30 a.m.- Welcome and Opening Remarks:
Dr. Eduardo Padrón, Chair, Commission
Michelle Kydd Lee, Chief Innovation Officer, CAA
Dan Cardinali, President, Communities In Schools, Inc.
9:00 a.m. - Presentation of Child Trends Paper:
Carol Emig, President, Child Trends
Kristin Moore, Senior Scholar Co-Director for Youth Development, Child Trends
9:30 a.m. - Panel – What Works: Evidence-Based Programs and Practices
Integrated student supports (ISS) is a school-based approach to promoting students’ academic achievement and educational attainment by coordinating a seamless system of wraparound supports. According to a recent study from Child Trends, ISS programs serve more than 1.5 million students in nearly 3,000 elementary and high schools across the country. Nearly all of these programs target at-risk children. Child Trends estimates that Hispanic and black students account for more than 75 percent of the students enrolled in ISS programs. Panelists will have the opportunity to provide reactions to the recently released Child Trends report and will incorporate research and findings to inform the discussion on best and promising practices on integrated student supports. A copy of the Child Trends report can be accessed at: http://www.childtrends.org
Moderator: Patricia Gandara, Professor of Education, University of California, Los Angeles, Co-Chair, K-12 Education Subcommittee
Howard S. Adelman, Professor of Psychology, UCLA and Co-Director of the School Mental Health Project
Claudia Bonilla Keller, Chief of Programs, LA’s Promise
Heather Clawson, Vice President of Research, Evaluation and Innovation, Communities In Schools
10:20 a.m. - Break
10:30 a.m. - Panel – Foundations for Success: Leaders Leaning into ISS
Integrated Student Supports (ISS) is one promising approach taking hold in communities across the country aimed at improving educational outcomes for minority and low-income students. Panelists will highlight how ISS is working in their communities and share insights on ISS as a model for program effectiveness.
Moderator: Joann Gama, Co-Founder IDEA Academy and Chief of Schools, K-12 Education Subcommittee
Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana, Education Advisor to Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti
Elaine Wynn, Chair, Nevada State School Board
Dr. Paul Cruz, Chief Schools Officer, Austin Independent School District
12:00 p.m. - Lunch (Provided)
1:00 p.m. - Keynote Remarks:
Rafael Lopez, Senior Policy Advisor, The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; The White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation
1:30 p.m. - Panel – ISS: The Role of Philanthropy and Policy
Nonprofit and foundation leaders will discuss the importance and need for increased investment by all stakeholders in the education of our young children.
Moderator: Veronica Melvin, President/CEO LA’s Promise, K-12 Education Subcommittee
Beatriz Solis, Director, California Endowment
George Weiss, Founder of Say Yes to Education
Anne Stanton, Program Director, James Irvine Foundation
2:45 p.m. - Break
3:00 p.m. - Next Steps – Public Policy Recommendations and Private Sector Engagement
An interactive session that will allow participants to break-out into small groups and reflect on the day’s discussion and propose recommendations to move this work forward.
Moderators: Dan Cardinali and Patricia Gandara
4:00 p.m. - Closing Remarks:
Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director, WHIEEH