Cleveland Education Committee to hold fall conference
by Tim Walters

(Plain Press, September 2006) On Saturday, September 23rd, The Cleveland Education Committee will present a conference called “A Community Perspective on School Involvement: From What We Experience to What We Expect” at Cleveland State University from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Cleveland Education Committee was born out of the 2004 Cleveland Leadership Summit and is the product of community people coming together with a common goal and deciding that it is important that the full Cleveland community is involved in bringing about change in our schools.

 The upcoming conference will focus on creating a more meaningfully involved public with the schools and furthering the leadership of the community to this end. There will be speakers as well as opportunity for dialogue in an interactive sharing environment about your experience as parents and stakeholders in the schools. Join with others from this community to help determine how we can change the face of parent/community involvement to improve performance of our youth in the Cleveland Municipal School District.

 It is important that everyone understand that this conference is not just a one-time event. Another goal of the Cleveland Education Committee is to use the conference is to establish Neighborhood Education Committees, groups that gather parents, grandparents, residents, businesses, and churches to learn from each other and together have a stronger voice in what happens in our schools.

 Current co-sponsors are the Center for Community Change, Catalyst Cleveland, Neighborhood Leadership Institute, Cleveland Neighborhood Development Coalition, with support by the Cleveland Foundation. The group is asking that anyone who attends pre-register for the conference as lunch and childcare is available but they do need to know numbers in advance. For information on how to register, contact Tim Walters at 631-5800 or Ian Heisey at 671-2710.


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