On the Road to Educational Equality – Town Hall Event, May 24, 2011 5-8PM


Part of WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN” Social Action Campaign

Leveling the playing field for all students starts with increasing stability and achievement for those experiencing foster care.

Harvard Law School

May 24, 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. Leaders in education, child welfare and youth themselves 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.

The event is being supported by:

The Participant Foundation

The event is being produced in collaboration with:

Harvard Law School’s Child Advocacy Program

Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute

Sponsors include:

The Stuart Foundation

Confirmed participants include:

Martha Minow, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Harvard Law School

Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana (via satellite)

Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa (via satellite)

Victoria Rowell, Former Foster Youth, Actress and Best-Selling Author

Mitchell Chester, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Gail Garinger, The Child Advocate and Director of the Office of the Child Advocate

Lily Eagle Dorman Colby, Former Foster Youth, Yale Alumn and JD Candidate at Berkeley Law

Directions, Maps, and Parking Information:

The Town Hall will be held in the Ames Courtroom in Austin Hall on the Harvard Law School campus.  Click here for directions, campus maps, and parking information.

To RSVP, fill out the form below.

This event is made possible through generous support from The Einhorn Family Charitable Trust.

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.

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