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“What Works?” topic of second Closing the Achievement Gap forum

March 16, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – “What Works?” is the subject of the second forum in the Education Policy Series Closing the Achievement Gap to be held 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 23, at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Reservations are recommended by calling 217/206-7163.  The forum will be in the Studio Theatre, located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center.

Dr. Sam Redding

Keynote speaker is Dr. Sam Redding, director of the national Center on Innovation and Improvement in Lincoln, Illinois, whose topic is “Closing Gaps: An Optimistic View.”  He is also executive director of the Academic Development Institute and previously served as vice president and dean of Lincoln College.  Redding holds a doctorate in educational administration from Illinois State University and is a graduate of Harvard’s Institute for Educational Management.

The forums, the first of which was held on November 14, 2005, and focused on “A National Dilemma,” are designed to share information and stimulate dialogue on the far-reaching policy problem of the student achievement gap and its impact on communities, the economy, and the future. They are sponsored by UIS’ Center for State Policy and Leadership and the City of Springfield’s Office of Education Liaison.

Panelists at Thursday’s forum are Dr. Dianne Ashby, Vice President for University Advancement, Illinois State University, and former dean of ISU’s College of Education; Dr. Albert Bennett, Harold Washington Professor of Sociology and Education, Roosevelt University; Dr. Pamela R. Randall, Deputy Chief Officer for High Schools, Chicago Public Schools; and Dr. James Rosborg, Program Coordinator for External Graduate Programs, McKendree College, and former superintendent, Belleville Public School District #118.

Educators, administrators, policy researchers, members of the business community, local and state government representatives, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and anyone interested in school reform and improving educational outcomes are encouraged to attend.

The final forum in the Closing the Achievement Gap series will be held this fall and will present hands-on strategies for local action.

 

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