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U.S. Department of Education Director of Community Outreach to visit Memphis Schools, see Innovative ThinkShow! Projects

New program allows urban youth to showcase their knowledge through creativity, not standardized tests

Sara Gast, (202) 401-1989,

Event Date 1: November 11, 2010 08:00 am - 12:00 pm

Alberto Retana, the U.S. Department of Education’s director of community outreach, will travel to Memphis, Tenn., on Nov. 10-11 to participate in the Memphis 2020 Community Challenge, an event that supports President Obama’s call for America to lead the world in college completion by 2020 and highlights efforts to provide urban youth with an innovative way to showcase their academic performance beyond a test score.

During the two-day visit, Retana will meet with local students, teachers, community and business leaders, as well as tour schools to review ThinkShow! projects. ThinkShow! is a new program from Memphis City Schools where, twice a year, students set aside their textbooks and pencils to showcase their unique talents, skills and abilities in a way no test score can. Schools invite more than 10,000 parents, business and community volunteers to judge the projects and celebrate the students’ achievement.

Note to editors: Retana’s school visits are open to the press.

Event 1
Who : Alberto Retana, the U.S. Department of Education’s director of community outreach
What : Tours of Memphis schools and ThinkShow! projects
When : Thursday, Nov.11, 2010, from 8 a.m.-noon CST
Where :

Peabody Elementary School
2086 Young Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104

Jackson Elementary School
3925 Wales
Memphis, TN 38108

Kingsbury High School
1270 N. Graham
Memphis, TN 38122