Tulsa Public Schools, in conjunction with a grant from the AEP Foundation, will present the Schools Uniting Communities Conference at OSU-Tulsa on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 300 people are expected to attend the conference in an effort to provide information about how community schools can make a difference in the lives of children.
Community schools play a central role in helping families and students to overcome significant barriers to student achievement by addressing the needs of the "whole" child. Partnerships are formed that involve the entire community, with families, civic organizations, donors and social service providers acting in concert to address the academic, emotional, physical and social needs of children.
The keynote speaker at Schools Uniting Communities will be Dr. Pedro Noguera. An award-winning educator, author and activist, Noguera is an important voice in education today. He is a professor at the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University, co-director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings and director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education.
The conference is free to attend and includes a luncheon featuring Theresa Kiger, principal of Roy Clark Elementary School, a 2011 National Community School of the Year. Those wishing to attend can register at the door or in advance at the Tulsa Public Schools website.