Chattanooga, TN Community Summit


Chattanooga (Hamilton County), TN

Event Name

GradNation Education Summit: Closing the Achievement Gap

Event Description

The Summit will focus on building Early Childhood Education and Out of School time collaborative partnerships to address the achievement gaps for school readiness and successful graduation.

DAY 1 (Community Summit): this will be a kick-off community event that will lead to the development of a multi-year action plan to identify and provide students with the supports needed to enter school ready to learn, progress successfully in academics and graduate prepared to be productive citizens.


  • Dr. Vicki Kirk, Tennessee Deputy Commissioner of Education
  • Dr. Joanna H. Fox, Senior Policy Analyst - Center for Social Oranization of Schools, Johns Hopkins University


  • Community-led panel discussions: 1) community leaders panel; 2) youth panel
  • Community Action Workshops: early school readiness; foundational literacy; middle school transition; high school graduation

DAY 2 (Professional Learning Day): this day will provide professional learning opportunities for Pre-K teachers, early childhood providers, kindergarten and first grade teachers on effective early childhood literacy strategies and resources that can help prepare children for success in school. In a special nigh session, Hamilton County Department of Education Pre-K and literacy coaches will partner with United Way of Greater Chattanooga to provide training, resources and support to select childcare centers who serve children from many of the lowest income neighborhoods.

Event Date and Time

Community Summit: Monday, July 20th, 8:00am - 3:00pm
Professional Learning Day: Tuesday, July 21st, 8:00am - 3:00pm (night session for childcare providers: 6:00pm - 8:00pm)

Event Location

Community Summit: First Presbyterian Church - 554 McCallie Ave. Chattanooga, TN
Professional Learning Day: First Presbyterian Church and First Centenary United Methodist Church - 419 McCallie Ave.

Convening Organization

The United Way of Greater Chattanooga 

Hamilton County Department of Education

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