What: Community Schools Convening
When: August 14, 2018
Where: Georgia Association of Educators
100 Crescent Center Parkway • Suite 500
Tucker GA, 30084
The Georgia Coalition for Public Education (“GCPE”) is a nonpartisan group of non-profit organizations that came together in 2016 as “Keep Georgia Schools Local” to
fight a ballot measure proposing the state takeover of Georgia public schools (“Amendment One” or “the Opportunity School District”). Amendment One was soundly
defeated at the polls and GCPE emerged from that successful campaign as a united force with a mission to encourage policies and programs that will focus the use
of public tax dollars on creating and supporting quality K-12 education for public school students in Georgia. GCPE works with community organizations to support
evidence-based Community Schools’ strategies in local schools to achieve community-driven turnaround, teaching the whole child and using community as a context
for learning. GAE was, and remains, a key member of this coalition, and members from across the state are involved in this work.
As part of its work GCPE regularly brings together interested Georgia stakeholders to share information and strategies for promoting its mission. In March 2018
individuals from across the state (including students, parents, teachers, members of local boards of education, state Board of Education members, Georgia Department
of Education personnel, legislators, and many GAE members) met for an in-depth session on community-centered strategies for improving school performance.
Participants heard from national experts on Community Schools and from local experts who are implementing the strategies on a daily basis in Georgia schools.
This focus on Community Schools’ strategies will continue at GCPE’s next convening, to be held on August 14, 2018. The August event will include a session on
organizing communities to effectively advocate for the use of community-driven strategies in their local schools. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to
explore communication strategies for presenting education-specific issues most effectively. We will attempt to discern the best method and message to help others
understand the importance of public education and current policies that threaten it.
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