by Patch Staff
Celebrated education researcher Pedro Noguera, a professor at New York University, will be the keynote speaker at a panel discussion scheduled for 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Westminster Schools, 1424 West Paces Ferry Road.
The panel topic "Connected Community: A Broader, Bolder Approach to Transforming Atlanta Education" also will feature several locally and nationally recognized education experts including Betsy Bockman, principal of Coan Middle School; Beverly Tatum, president of Spelman College and Neil Shorthouse, the president and state director of Communities In Schools of Georgia.
The panelists will explore why and how a connected community has such a powerful impact on school and student outcomes.
While research suggests that a student’s Zip code is one of the best predictors of academic achievement and college completion, this conversation on improving schools will expand beyond what happens inside of the schoolhouse to examine how community factors – transportation, healthcare, housing, food supply, summer enrichment, and positive role models – influence student learning.