Mobile, AL Community Summit

Event Name 

Graduate Ready Summit

Event Description 

The Mobile Area Education Foundation (MAEF) will host the Graduate Ready Summit on Thursday October 2, 2014 at the Arthur Outlaw Convention Center in Mobile, AL. The Graduate Ready Summit is sponsored in partnership with the America’s Promise Alliance, and is one of nine GradNation Community summits being hosted across the nation.

Graduating students ready for career and college is vital to economic development in our region. The Graduate Ready Summit will engage community stakeholder groups in a collaborative effort to ensure that Mobile’s education pipeline will supply college and career ready graduates for the entire Gulf Coast region.  In order to see a continual rise in Mobile County’s graduation rate, MAEF has worked hand in hand with the public education system to develop multiple pathways, so that all students can attain success in both post-secondary education and the workforce.

MAEF was founded in 1992, as a convening organization to improve educational outcomes for all students in Mobile.  Together MAEF, working with the Mobile County Public School System and leaders throughout the community, will create a civic culture of continual improvement.

Summit Summary

Event Date and Time

Thursday, October 2, 2014; 8:30AM – 1:30PM

Event Location

Arthur Outlaw Convention Center

Convening Organization

Mobile Area Education Foundation; www.maef.net; #GraduateREADY; @MAEF8020; www.facebook.com/myMAEFNetwork

Additional Details

Local Sponsors & Co-Conveners

Information Transport Systems

The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa

Keynote Speakers:

Luncheon Keynote Address

Provided by Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA)

Neil Wade, Chairman of the Board

James Williams, Executive Director

Education: A Strategy to Economic Development

Obstacles Into Opportunities: A 90% High school Graduation Rate in Alabama by 2020 Provides the Educated Workforce That is Key to Expanding Our Economy

Featured Sessions:

Plenary Panel- Education: A Civil Rights Issue of Our Time

A panel consisting of leaders in civil rights, education and economic development will lead a discussion on how education is a civil rights issue of our time for the entire community to ensure equity of access and success for all students.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions:

The Lenses of Extended Learning Experiences – Panelists will share best-practices that will heighten volunteers from your organization level of awareness relative to how you can best render services to students in need so that they will realize the maximum benefit.

Barriers to Graduate – This session will provide ways to get students back on track socially and emotionally using the following questions as a framework to re-engagement: 1) How is Mobile building support for those who need support? 2) How do we know we’re successful? 3) What do we need to move to the next level?

Graduate Ready Schools – Local educators, regional school districts, and business leaders will have the opportunity to examine the roles of various partners in fostering Graduate Ready Schools.

Graduate Ready for What? – Participants will hear perspectives from local and national leaders about the implications of not having enough students completing post-secondary paths.