Senior Official to Visit New Haven to Highlight Importance of Community Engagement in Education

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Michael Robbins, senior advisor for nonprofit partnerships at the U.S. Department of Education, will lead a “Together for Tomorrow” town hall on the value of community partnerships in helping to propel school improvement. The event, which takes place on Thursday, May 24, at Wexler-Grant Community School in New Haven, Conn., will spotlight the New Haven Education AmeriCorps VISTA Project. There will be a question-and-answer session after the town hall. A media avail will follow.

The New Haven Education AmeriCorps VISTA Project, sponsored by the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut, is a collaboration of six nonprofit host organizations working together with a common goal of closing the achievement gap and turning around low-performing schools in New Haven. Specifically, the project focuses on things such as building community partnerships to support and expand existing services to support more students in grades K-12 and establishing College Access Centers to prepare students for college.

Together for Tomorrow is an initiative that spotlights and fosters partnerships among schools, families, national service programs, and community-based organizations in order to help turn around low-performing schools. The town hall is sponsored by the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Corporation for National and Community Service.