John White, deputy assistant secretary for rural outreach at the U.S. Department of Education, will participate in today's event, "From urban models to rural solutions: a series of conversations," hosted by Sewanee: The University of the South. White will be joined by Marguerite W. Kondracke, CEO and president of America's Promise Alliance. During the event, White will discuss the challenges and opportunities for education reform in rural communities.
Participants will explore the accomplishments of such urban-based programs as The Harlem Children's Zone and America's Promise in light of the similar needs evident in rural areas such as the Cumberland Plateau. The discussion will explore models of support for families and children in rural Tennessee, and will engage local parents, educators, community members, and business leaders in how the community can come together around education reform. The group will share their own experiences and have the opportunity to discuss their vision and dreams for children and families in the area.
John White, deputy assistant secretary for rural outreach U.S. Department of Education
Marguerite W. Kondracke, CEO and president America’s Promise Alliance
Discussion: Exploring Models of Support for Families and Children in Rural Tennessee
Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011
4:30 p.m. CT/ 5:30 p.m. ET
Convocation Hall, Sewanee – The University of South Sewanee, Tenn.