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Education Policy Fellowship Program

Creating a Community Agenda

May 18, 2009
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

The purpose of the session is to: 1) explore how the Community Agenda may offer solutions to the challenges our nation faces in educating all of our young people; 2) showcase schools nationally and in Michigan that are implementing a Community Agenda; 3) illustrate the process involved in creating Community Agenda schools in Michigan; and 4) create Community Agenda advocates.

Learning Team Members:

Peter Arashiro
Kenny Bey
Vincent Dean
Nicholas Drzal
Betty Kirby
Craig Wiles


1:00 - 1:20 p.m. KnowledgeWorks Map - Overview of Current Drivers and Trends - Peter Arashiro

The KnowledgeWorks Foundation and the Institute for the Future (IFTF)
2006-2016 Map of Future Forces Affecting Education

Implications for Learning and the Driver - "Society - A New Civic Discourse"

1:20 - 1:25 p.m. A Call To Action - U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan – Nicholas Drzal

1:25 - 1:45 p.m. The Community Agenda Overview - Craig Wiles

Real World Examples of Trends Happening Across The Country

The Challenges Our Nation Faces in Educating All Young People

The Community Agenda and Actions That YOU Can Take

1:45 - 1:55 p.m. State Impact Overview - Vincent Dean

The Issues and Challenges Facing School Districts to Improve Learning Environments for Children

2:00 - 2:40 p.m. Chuck Wilbur, Education Policy Advisor for Governor Granholm

2:40 - 2:50 p.m. BREAK

2:50 - 3:35 p.m. The Kalamazoo Promise

Tina Atkins, Special Education Administrator, Kalamazoo RESA

Vision: The greater Kalamazoo Community will become a world leader in education, investing in youth to elevate the quality of life for each resident.

Mission: The Kalamazoo Promise transforms the community and stimulates the economy through a new generation of learners.

3:40 - 4:00 p.m. Discussion of the Lansing School District Promise Zone

Dr. Terry Spencer, Director of Curriculum and Head of Lansing School District Promise Zone
The Lansing School District has been designated as one of 10 Education Promise Zones in Michigan

4:00 - 4:10 p.m. An Example of a Community School In Action - Nicholas Drzal

Community Schools: Connecting Partners for Success in Indianapolis

4:10 - 4:45 p.m. Isabella County Community Agenda Simulation - Betty Kirby

4:45 - 5:00 p.m. Community Schools For All - Nicholas Drzal

Resource Persons:

Chuck Wilbur, (EPFP 2001-02)
Senior Advisor for Education and Communication
Office of Governor Jennifer M. Granholm

Tina Atkins
Special Education Administrator
Kalamazoo RESA

Dr. Terry Spencer
Director of Curriculum and Head of Lansing School District Promise Zone
Lansing School District


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