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Senior Official to Visit New Haven to Highlight Importance of Community Engagement in Education


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Event Date 1: May 24, 2012 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Michael Robbins, senior advisor for nonprofit partnerships at the U.S. Department of Education, will lead a “Together for Tomorrow” town hall on the value of community partnerships in helping to propel school improvement. The event, which takes place on Thursday, May 24, at Wexler-Grant Community School in New Haven, Conn., will spotlight the New Haven Education AmeriCorps VISTA Project. There will be a question-and-answer session after the town hall. A media avail will follow.

The New Haven Education AmeriCorps VISTA Project, sponsored by the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut, is a collaboration of six nonprofit host organizations working together with a common goal of closing the achievement gap and turning around low-performing schools in New Haven. Specifically, the project focuses on things such as building community partnerships to support and expand existing services to support more students in grades K-12 and establishing College Access Centers to prepare students for college.

Together for Tomorrow is an initiative that spotlights and fosters partnerships among schools, families, national service programs, and community-based organizations in order to help turn around low-performing schools. The town hall is sponsored by the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Corporation for National and Community Service.


Event 1
Who : Michael Robbins, senior advisor for nonprofit partnerships, U.S. Department of Education
Ken Bedell, senior advisor for faith-based and neighborhood partnerships, U.S. Department of Education
Reginald Mayo, superintendent, New Haven Public Schools
Sabrina Breland, principal, Wexler-Grant Community School
Anne Ostberg, Connecticut state director, Corporation for National and Community Service
Neysa Stallman Guerino, executive director, Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut
Amy Faenza, Boost service corps member
Johnny Scafidi, Yale University
Jack Healy, United Way of Greater New Haven
What : Together for Tomorrow Town Hall
When : 10:30 a.m. ET Thursday, May 24, 2012
(Media availability 11:30 a.m. to Noon ET)
Where : Wexler-Grant Community School
55 Foote St.
New Haven, Conn.
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