Astoria, New York Community Summit

Community: Astoria, New York

Event Name and Convening Organization: Zone 126 NYC GradNation Community Summit

Event Description:

Theme: Strengthening Families; Transforming Communities

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Time: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Citi ICG Conference Center, 388 Greenwich St., New York

Zone 126 is proud to be hosting the first GradNation Community Summit in New York City on November 10, 2015. Through the New York City summit, Zone 126 is raising awareness of communities in need in New York City, especially Astoria and Long Island City. Only 60.1% of Astoria and Long Island City high school students graduated during the 2013-2014 school year, compared 68.4% citywide and 80% nationally.

The Summit will feature speakers with expertise from a wide variety of education and advocacy backgrounds, including Dr. Rudolph Crew, former Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, and current President of Medgar Evers College, Deputy Director Marco Davis from the White Center for Educational Excellence for Hispanics, Rev. Dr. Alfonso Wyatt, a national leader in youth development and mentorship, and an afternoon panel moderated by Dr. Michael McAfee, VP for Programs at PolicyLink, focused on Community Schools as a key strategy for closing the achievement gap and increasing high school graduation rates.

Breakout workshops will explore various strategies for improving outcomes for youth, increasing family and parent engagement, increasing equity and access to educational opportunities, and critical elements of academic and socio-emotional development from cradle to career.

Participants include local and national educational leaders, elected officials, educators, business leaders, funders, and nonprofit executives. Join us for a day of learning, sharing best practices, and building action-based strategies on behalf of the students we serve.

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#GradNation #Zone126

Additional Details

Local Sponsors & Co-Conveners:

M&T Bank

Ruskin Moscou Faltischek P.C.

Withers WorldWide


Keynote Speaker(s):

Dr. Rudolph Crew, President, Medgar Evers College

Marco Davis, Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

Rev. Dr. Alfonso Wyatt, National Leader in Youth Development

Dr. Michael McAfee, Vice President for Programs, PolicyLink

Julia Baez, Director of Initiatives, Family League of Baltimore

Chris Caruso, Executive Director – Community Schools, New York City Department of Education

Jane Quinn, Vice President, Children’s Aid Society and Director at the National Center for Community Schools

Lydia Colón Bomani, Principal, Brooklyn Generation High School

Featured Session(s):

Building Bridges for Education and Community Success

Both/And Not Either/Or Collective Impact and Community Schools

Strategies for Financing and Sustaining Community Schools

Chronic Absenteeism and How Community Schools Can Make a Difference

Early Education: Where Were They Before Kindergarten? The Importance of Early Learning Environments

Year Up: Preparing Young Adults for Successful Careers

Integrating Efforts: Understanding DOE Family and Community Engagement Division Priorities

Deepening School-Community Partnerships to Expand Learning and Boost Success

Neighborhood Literacy Intiative: South Jamaica Reads

Preparing Children for School Success through Parent Engagement at Home

ParentCorps Helping Your Children Succeed

Success and Lessons Learned of a Summer Literacy Program Using a Collective Impact Framework

Policy and Sustainability: A Promise Neighborhoods/Harlem Children’s Zone Workshop

Leveraging Volunteerism and Service to Measurably Impact Student Achievement

National Center Community Schools: Engaging Parents as Partners