U.S. Department of Education Senior Official to Participate in Town Hall in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Brenda Girton-Mitchell, director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will participate in a “Together for Tomorrow” town hall on the value of community partnerships in helping to propel school improvement. The event will take place at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Ottowa Hills High School in Grand Rapids, Mich. Roberto Rodriguez, special assistant to President Obama for education policy, will join Girton-Mitchell.

The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Corporation for National and Community Service are sponsoring the Together for Tomorrow town hall. 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. A few months ago, the Secretary launched the initiative public challenge at tft.challenge.gov. The challenge is an opportunity for schools and districts, institutions of higher education, and nonprofit organizations to join with other partners in efforts to improve their neediest schools by raising key measurable student outcomes: Attendance, Behavior, Course performance and college access, also known as the ABCs.

**NOTE: If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to this event by Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at www.cvent.com/d/rcq1yk/1Q.