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Forum to Explore Intersection of Character Development and Student Achievement

March 28, 2011

WHO: Paul Tough, New York Times Magazine former editor and author of Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America
James H. Shelton III, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education
Abigail Smith, Chief of the Transformation Management Office, D.C. Public Schools
Tim King, CEO and Founder of Urban Prep Charter Schools in Chicago
Irasema Salcido, CEO and Founder of the Chavez Schools
John J. DeGioia, President of Georgetown University (moderator)
WHAT: A distinguished panel of school leaders and education policy makers will discuss the role schools can play in shaping and influencing character and the impact this has on student achievement at an education forum hosted by the Chavez Schools and Georgetown University. Paul Tough will open the conversation with a keynote address. A distinguished panel will respond to Tough’s observations on character development and achievement, the topic of his upcoming book.

Georgetown and the Chavez Schools are partnering, along with other community leaders, in an effort to establish 'A Promise Neighborhood' in the city's Ward 7 neighborhoods of Parkside-Kenilworth. Modeled after the Harlem Children's Zone, Ward 7's Promise Neighborhood seeks to educate children from infancy to grade 12, institutionalizing a neighborhood 'cradle to career' structure to prepare students for 21st century learning and living.
WHEN: Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 6:30pm
WHERE: Lohrfink Auditorium
Rafik B. Hariri Building
Georgetown University
37th & O Streets, NW
Washington, D.C. 20057
SPONSORS: Office of the President
COVERAGE: Media interested in attending must RSVP to Rachel Pugh at 202-687-4328 or Press will need to present valid credentials on campus.
Rachel Pugh


Georgetown University37th and O Streets, N.W., Washington D.C. 20057(202) 687.0100

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