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When: February 13, 2008
1PM - 3PM
Where: Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, District of Columbia  20005
United States

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Please join the Center for American Progress for a special presentation:
The AmeriCorps Role in Education Reform

Opening Remarks:
William A. Schambra, Director, Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal, Hudson Institute

Keynote Address:
Robert Balfanz, Research Scientist, Center for Social Organization of Schools, Johns Hopkins University
Introduction by:
AnnMaura Connolly, Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Special Initiatives, City Year
Response by:
Dan Cardinali, President, Communities in Schools

Featured Panelists:
Kim Glodek, Director of School Safety Projects, EducationWorks
John Gomperts, President, Civic Ventures; CEO, Experience Corps
Jessica Graham, Corporate Partnership Manager, Citizen Schools
Donna Pressley, Principal of Brookland Elementary School in Washington, D.C
Stephanie Wu, Senior Vice President of Academy, Program & Service, City Year

Moderated by:
Shirley Sagawa, Visiting Fellow, Center for American Progress

Closing Remarks:
Alan Khazei, Founder & CEO, Be the Change, Inc.

A large percentage of AmeriCorps members serve in public schools. But what do they do? Are they making a difference? The Center for American Progress has begun research into these questions, and together with our partners, have planned an event to explore this question in greater detail. From 1:00pm to 3:00pm, Wednesday, February 13, we will share our preliminary findings, hear an analysis of the dropout problem by Johns Hopkins researcher Robert Balfanz, and share the experiences of a panel of AmeriCorps members, program directors, and school principals. Please join us, and our partners Voices for National Service, Be the Change, and the Hudson Institute, for this lively discussion.

Admission is free.

Light refreshments will be served.

Nearest Metro: Blue/Orange Line to McPherson Square or Red Line to Metro Center

For more information, please call 202-682-1611.



Robert Balfanz is a research scientist at the Center for Social Organization of Schools, Johns Hopkins University. He is the co-director of the Talent Development Middle and High School Project, which is currently working with over 100 high poverty secondary schools to develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive whole school reforms. His work focuses on translating research findings into effective reforms for high poverty secondary schools. He has published widely on secondary school reform, high school dropouts, middle grade on-track indicators, and instructional interventions in high poverty middle and high schools. Recent work includes "Locating the Dropout Crisis," with co-author Nettie Legters in which they identify the number and location of high schools with high dropout rates and "What Your Community Can Do to End its Dropout Crisis." Dr. Balfanz is currently the lead investigator on a Keeping Middle Grade Students on the Graduation Track project in collaboration with the Philadelphia Education Fund . Dr. Balfanz is also the co-operator of the Baltimore Talent Development High School, a Baltimore City Public School System Innovation High School. His recent work on middle and high school reform can be found at his website:

Dan Cardinali was appointed president of Communities In Schools national office in May 2004. Responsible for the operations and day-to-day decision-making of the organization, Cardinali also provides leadership and guidance for the Communities In Schools network of nearly 200 local, independent nonprofits and 14 state offices. From November 2000 until his appointment as director in 2004, Cardinali served as executive vice president for field operations, leading four national teams: a community development team, a state office team, a training team, and an expansion and technical assistance team.

Trained as a community organizer in Guadalajara, Mexico, Cardinali served on a team organizing a squatter community of 120,000 to secure land rights, running water, and public education. He returned to Washington, DC, to receive a one-year research fellowship at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University. At Partners of the Americas, Cardinali coordinated its leadership training program, the International Fellowship in Community Development. The Fellows Program selected 120 community-based leaders from across the western hemisphere and trained them in community development strategies, project planning, grants and volunteer management, and diplomacy.

Cardinali has a bachelor's degree in foreign service from Georgetown University and a master's degree in philosophy from Fordham University.

AnnMaura Connolly, senior vice president for public policy and special initiatives, directs City Year's national policy work, manages relationships with national leaders, and oversees City Year's international policy work. She also works closely with the chairman of City Year's National Board of Trustees and the CEO on a wide range of policy and strategic advancement issues and serves as a member of City Year's Senior Management Team.

Connolly has worked to expand opportunities for young people to serve since 1989. After graduating from college, she served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in southern California. In 1989, she joined the staff of Youth Service America, where she held several senior positions and helped to create a series of new programs, including National Youth Service Day, the New Generation Training Program, the Social Entrepreneurs Program, and the National Service Seminar. Connolly served as a member of the senior management team of Youth Service America for more than five years, during which her responsibilities included project development and management, policy, fundraising, and communications.

In 1995, she joined the Corporation for National Service, where she served as deputy director, independent sector in the office of public liaison. Connolly was responsible for managing relationships between the agency and foundations and national nonprofit organizations. In addition, she worked closely with the CEO on a variety of special projects, including the Presidents' Summit on America's Future. After leaving the Corporation in 1998, Connolly was an independent consultant to a variety of foundations and nonprofits, including the Grantmaker Forum on Community and National Service, Atlantic Philanthropies, the AmeriCorps Anniversary Committee and the Corporation for National Service. She joined City Year as Chief of Staff in 2000.

Connolly holds a B.A. in political science from the College of the Holy Cross.

Kim Glodek has served in various direct and indirect capacities with youth as an AmeriCorps member and employee of EducationWorks (EW), a non-profit service organization operating primarily in Philadelphia public schools. During her 13 years with EW, she has managed AmeriCorps members and full-time staff, and served youth in elementary, middle, and high schools facilitating, coordinating, and supervising programs ranging from service learning to mediation. Through extensive coordination and service with school administrators, parents, community organizations, and volunteers to address the needs of youth and adults in educational and community settings, Kim has built programs by focusing on the cooperative effort of all parties involved. Her most recent work includes managing the EW Safety Team that works with School District of Philadelphia's Office of School Climate and Safety and managing the Adolescent Violence Reduction Partnership. These prevention programs address violence and delinquency and seek to build coping and social development skills in the youth participants.

Having spent two years as an AmeriCorps member serving schools in west and northeast Philadelphia, Kim embraces a strong service ethic that is evident through her commitment to the growth and development of youth and corpsmembers and educating through hands-on learning. She is passionate about giving people of all ages the time to experience opportunities that support their education, growth, and self-discovery and increase their ability to make sound life decisions and find their own passions.

Kim is a skilled trainer with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and political science from Lycoming College and a master's of education in sports and recreation administration from Temple University.

John Gomperts is president of Civic Ventures and CEO of Experience Corps, and has been deeply involved in promoting civic engagement across the lifespan, serving in senior leadership positions in both government and the nonprofit sector for the past 20 years. As CEO of Experience Corps since 2003, Gomperts has led a major expansion of the program. He has focused efforts on national expansion, high standards for program quality, and rigorous evaluation of impact. Prior to joining Experience Corps, Gomperts served in a variety of positions including Chief Operating Officer at Public Education Network, the nation's largest network of community-based school reform organizations, and Chief of Staff of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America, and the National Senior Service Corps. Gomperts has also worked in senior positions in the U.S. Senate, first as legislative director for Senator Harris Wofford of Pennsylvania, and then as deputy director of the Senate Democratic Leadership Committee, working for Senators Tom Daschle of South Dakota and John Kerry of Massachusetts. Before heading to Capitol Hill, Gomperts practiced law and clerked for a federal judge. He serves on the boards of Hands On Network and Volunteer Match, and the advisory board of Politics & Prose, an independent bookstore in Washington, D.C. Gomperts, a lifelong San Francisco Giants fan, is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and has a J.D. from Georgetown University.

Jessica Graham currently serves as Corporate Partnership Manager with Citizen Schools, which operates a national network of after-school apprenticeship programs for middle school students. She joined Citizen Schools in 2005 as a Teaching Fellow at the Edwards Middle School campus in Charlestown, a neighborhood of Boston. During her two-year tenure as an AmeriCorps-based Fellow, Jessica gained extensive knowledge of and hands-on experience with all facets of the Citizen Schools program, and has worked closely with volunteer recruitment, training, and support through the apprenticeship model. Now, as a part of a team, she works to build a strong force of volunteers from local and national companies. Jessica completed her undergraduate work at Oakwood College in Huntsville, AL, and earned a master's degree in education from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.

Alan Khazei is the founder and CEO of Be the Change, Inc., an organization committed to building broad-based non-partisan citizen support for systemic solutions to our nation's problems that leverage the experience of social entrepreneurs, civic and community leaders, and national service alumni. Alan served as the co-founder and CEO of City Year, a youth service corps that helped to inspire the development of AmeriCorps, from 1987 to 2006. Founded in 1988 with 50 young people in Boston, City Year now operates in 17 U.S. cities and in Johannesburg, South Africa, with an annual budget of $50 million and 1,400 young adults serving 100,000 children annually. Alan serves on the boards of Citizen Schools, City Year, New Profit, and Share our Strength. In 2006 US News and World Report selected Alan as one of America's 25 Best Leaders. An honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Alan currently lives in Brookline with his wife and daughter.

Shirley Sagawa is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for American Progress. A national expert on children and youth policy, she has been called a "founding mother of the modern service movement" for her work on national service. Her award-winning book, Common Interest, Common Good: Creating Value through Business and Social Sector Partnerships (with co-author Eli Segal, Harvard Business School Press) describes how business and social sector organizations can collaborate for mutual gain. Shirley Sagawa was named a "Woman to Watch in the 21st Century" by Newsweek magazine and one of the "Most Influential Working Mothers in America" by Working Mother magazine.

Sagawa has served as a presidential appointee in both the first Bush and Clinton administrations. As Deputy Chief of Staff to First Lady Hillary Clinton, she advised the First Lady on domestic policy and organized three White House Conferences, including the first-ever White House Conference on Philanthropy. As Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, Sagawa was instrumental to the drafting and passage of legislation creating the Corporation for National Service. After being confirmed by the Senate as the Corporation's first managing director, she led the development of new service programs for adults and students, including AmeriCorps. She also directed strategic planning for this new government corporation.

Shirley Sagawa is the co-founder of sagawa/jospin, a consulting firm that provides strategic counsel to nonprofits working in the fields of civic engagement, youth, philanthropy, education, and law. Her work includes developing, with New Profit, a leading Venture Philanthropy organization, a national policy agenda for social entrepreneurs.

William A. Schambra is the director of Hudson Institute's Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal. Prior to joining Hudson Institute in January of 2003, Schambra was director of programs at the Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee. Before joining Bradley in 1992, Schambra served as a senior advisor and chief speechwriter for Attorney General Edwin Meese III, Director of the Office of Personnel Management Constance Horner, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis Sullivan. He was also director of social policy programs for the American Enterprise Institute, and co-director of AEI's "A Decade of Study of the Constitution."

Schambra was appointed by the president to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service in 2002. From 1984 to 1990, he was a member of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Schambra has written extensively on the Constitution, the theory and practice of civic revitalization, and civil society in The Public Interest, Public Opinion, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, Policy Review, and Crisis, and is the editor of three volumes, most recently As Far as Republican Principles Will Admit: Collected Essays of Martin Diamond.

Stephanie Wu is the Senior Vice President of Academy, Program & Service at City Year. Stephanie came to City Year from the private sector in 1988 and began her service as a founding team leader and program director from 1988 to 1993. As a team leader, she led the first service projects with children and youth ever completed by City Year, founded City Year's Summer Academy, serving as Director of Academy from 1993 to 1998 and put in place foundational training programs on City Year's culture, ideals, history, programs, and leadership techniques. She has held 14 different titles within City Year, including co-chief operating officer and vice president, office of the national corps, and senior vice president for human potential. Stephanie is a graduate of Boston University.

The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just and free America that ensures opportunity for all. We believe that Americans are bound together by a common commitment to these values and we aspire to ensure that our national policies reflect these values. We work to find progressive and pragmatic solutions to significant domestic and international problems and develop policy proposals that foster a government that is "of the people, by the people, and for the people."

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