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Charlotte 2014 Education Summit keeps community focus on raising high school graduation rate

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Video Recap of Charlotte 2014 Education Summit

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There was standing room only at Friendship Baptist Missionary Church on January 22, where Communities In Schools hosted the Charlotte 2014 Education Summit, in partnership with nine of Charlotte's leading education/youth and human service agencies.The purpose of the Summit was to examine local data and identify what's working and where challenges remain in Charlotte's efforts to prepare young people for success in and out of school. It also served as a rallying event to keep the America's Promise Alliance goal of a national high school graduation rate of 90% by the year 2020 in the forefront of Charlotte's top priority community challenges. Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s current graduation rate is 81 percent.

Highlights of the Summit included keynote speaker Paul Tough, author of the New York Times best-seller, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character; Geoff Sanderson with Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools and his presentation about early indicators (first grade) of school dropouts and the importance of early intervention; and Sarah Abraham with Harvard University, who presented recent studies regarding systemic and generational poverty in the Southeast, and the long-term impact of quality teachers.

More than 400 attended the half-day event, which was sponsored by the America’s Promise Alliance (APA) and its national partners, AT&T and DeVry University. In addition to Communities In Schools, the Summit's lead coordinator, local partners were Charlotte Housing Authority, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Greater Charlotte Alliance of Black School Educators & The National Alliance of Black School Educators, Mecklenburg County Dept. of Social Services, MeckEd, Mental Health Association of Central Carolinas' Parent VOICE, UNC-Charlotte's Urban Education Collaborative, and the YMCA of Greater Charlotte.

Charlotte Observer article about Education Summit
"Education Summit Speaker: Spunk Matters More Than Test Scores"

Charlotte Observer's "Your Schools" Blog Post - about Summit Keynote Speaker Paul Tough
“Licking and Grooming: Hope for Kids?”

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