Leveling the Playing Field for all Students Starts with Increasing Stability and Achievement for those Experiencing Foster Care
Town Hall Event
Western New England College
May 19, 2011 5-8PM
In studies from around the country, students in foster care score woefully lower on all academic measures than their peers. Despite this, research has consistently shown that when the particular educational needs of foster youth are addressed through thoughtful policy and practice the resulting improvements in educational achievement for these students can be dramatic.
As national attention is driven to educational reform and the likely overhaul of No Child Left Behind this year, right now is an ideal opportunity to widen the discourse to include those children in foster care.
The moderated town hall will highlight how the problems affecting our public education system as a whole – student mobility, achievement gaps and heightened drop out rates– impact foster youth in particular. Panelists will then explore solutions, the feasibility of such solutions and their likely effect, not only on students in foster care, but on all students.
A Q & A session will follow the discussion. Hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments will immediately follow the program, giving guests a chance to meet, mingle and explore ways to level the educational playing field for all students.
This event is being produced in collaboration with:
Confirmed participants include:
Chris James Brown, President and CEO of the Child Welfare League of America
Gail Garinger, Child Advocate for the Commonwealth
Russell Johnston, West Springfield Superintendent of School
Lisa Famularo, Research Director at the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy
Rich Tettemer, Anchor WWLP News
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Fostering Media Connections is a project of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. FMC harnesses the power of journalism and media to drive public and political will behind policy and practice that improve outcomes for children experiencing foster care.