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The AmeriCorps Role in Education Reform

February 13, 2008, 1:00pm ET - 3:00pm ET

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About This Event

A large percentage of AmeriCorps members serve in public schools. But what do they do? Are they making a difference? The Center for American Progress has begun research into these questions, and together with our partners, have planned an event to explore this question in greater detail. From 1:00pm to 3:00pm, Wednesday, February 13, we will share our preliminary findings, hear an analysis of the dropout problem by Johns Hopkins researcher Robert Balfanz, and share the experiences of a panel of AmeriCorps members, program directors, and school principals. Please join us, and our partners Voices for National Service, Be the Change, and the Hudson Institute, for this lively discussion.

Opening Remarks:
William A. Schambra, Director, Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal, Hudson Institute

Keynote Address:
Robert Balfanz, Research Scientist, Center for Social Organization of Schools, Johns Hopkins University

Introduction by:
AnnMaura Connolly, Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Special Initiatives, City Year
Response by:
Dan Cardinali, President, Communities in Schools

Featured Panelists:
Kim Glodek, Director of School Safety Projects, EducationWorks
John Gomperts,
President, Civic Ventures; CEO, Experience Corps
Jessica Graham, Corporate Partnership Manager, Citizen Schools
Donna Pressley, Principal of Brookland Elementary School in Washington, D.C
Stephanie Wu, Senior Vice President of Academy, Program & Service, City Year

Moderated by:
Shirley Sagawa, Visiting Fellow, Center for American Progress

Closing Remarks:
Alan Khazei, Founder & CEO, Be the Change, Inc.

Light refreshments will be served.

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Location

Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC20005

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Nearest Metro: Blue/Orange Line to McPherson Square or Red Line to Metro Center