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Media Advisory: 2010 National Talent Development Conference

The Johns Hopkins University
Center for the Social Organization of Schools
3003 N. Charles Street/Suite 200
Baltimore, Maryland 21218

July 22, 2010

TO:            Assignment editors, education reporters

FROM:     Mary Maushard / 410-516-8810 or 410-802-6112/ mmaushard@csos.jhu.edu

RE:             Talent Development National Conference

WHEN:    Monday and Tuesday, July 26 and 27

WHERE:  Hyatt Regency Baltimore, 300 Light Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

More than 150 middle and high school educators from across the country will gather at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on Monday and Tuesday, July 26 and 27, for the 2010 Talent Development National Conference. The biennial conference is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University’s Talent Development program, which seeks to keep all students on the path to high school graduation and beyond using sound research, a college preparatory curriculum for all students, and extensive professional development for faculty and staff.

Robert Balfanz, a Johns Hopkins University research scientist and one of the country’s leading authorities on dropout prevention and America’s dropout crisis, will deliver the keynote speech “Building Pathways from Poverty to Post-Secondary Success … the Talent Development Way” at 9 a.m. on Monday. Balfanz is co-director of the Talent Development program at Johns Hopkins Center for the Social Organization of Schools, and directs the Everyone Graduates Center there.

Other highlights of the conference include:

• An introduction to Diplomas Now, an innovative solution to the challenges faced by low-performing schools in high-poverty neighborhoods.

• “Listening to Student Voices,” a session in which current students and alumni will discuss how attending the Talent Development High School in West Baltimore made a difference in their lives.

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