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Panel discussion: “Closing the Achievement Gap”

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March 9, 2010


TO:                  Assignment editors, education reporters

FROM:             Amy Lunday / 443-287-9960 / acl@jhu.edu

RE:                   Panel discussion: “Closing the Achievement Gap”

WHEN:             Tuesday, April 27, 6:45 p.m.

WHERE:           Johns Hopkins University’s Montgomery County Campus, 9601 Medical Center Drive, Gilchrist Hall, Rockville, Md. 20850

The Johns Hopkins University School of Education will host a panel discussion on “Closing the Achievement Gap,” on Tuesday, April 27, at 6:45 p.m., in Gilchrist Hall on the Montgomery County Campus. Panelists will examine ways to improve educational opportunities for all students by identifying programs and strategies for raising achievement and closing gaps between white and minority students. This is the second discussion in the school’s “Shaping the Future” series addressing the most challenging issues in public education.

There will be introductory remarks by panel members followed by a Q&A. The panelists will be Robert Balfanz, a Johns Hopkins research scientist specializing in dropout prevention strategies and co-director of the university’s Everyone Graduates Center; Andy Smarick, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute; Andrea  Foggy-Paxton, a program officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and Kalman (Buzzy) Hettleman, a former member of the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners and author of It’s the Classroom Stupid – A Plan to Save America’s Schoolchildren. Mavis Sanders, a researcher and associate professor at Johns Hopkins, will serve as moderator.

More than 300 people attended the series’ first panel discussion in December on the future of No Child Left Behind. The event on April 27 is free and open to the public and should be of particular interest to teachers, school leaders, parents and community groups. R.S.V.P.s are encouraged and can be submitted online at http://www.education.jhu.edu/shaping-future . For more information, contact Jim Campbell at 410-516-5588.


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