“Parent Power” film screening and panel discussion: Capitol Visitor Center, DC (5/9/12)
WHAT: “Parent Power” film excerpt screening and panel discussion, hosted by the Center for Education Organizing (CEO) at Brown University's Institute for Education Reform
WHO: Introductory remarks by Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-11),Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA-33) and Warren Simmons, executive director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University; film screening followed by a panel discussion including CEO co-director Richard Gray, Jr., Alliance for Quality Education Director Zakiyah Ansari; and Ocynthia Williams, parent leader, NYC Coalition for Education Justice.
WHEN: 2-3:30pm, Wednesday, May 9
WHERE: Capitol Visitor Center - South Meeting Room
CONTACT: Phil Gloudemans/Annenberg Institute for School Reform 401/863-3552; 401/338-6385; firstname.lastname@example.org
Hosted by the Center for Education Organizing at Brown University's Annenberg Institute for School Reform, the screening of the recently released film, Parent Power: Education Organizing in New York City, launches the national dialogue around the power and impact of parents and teachers working together in their communities to demand, support and sustain genuine education reform in under-served schools.
About the film: In 1995, a small group of parents in the south Bronx — including panelists Zakiyah Ansari and Ocynthia Williams — discovered that only 17 percent of their elementary school children were reading at grade level. Their determined campaign to bring high-quality education to their neighborhood, one of the poorest in the nation, evolved into a citywide effort that has united thousands of parents from African American and Latino communities in all five boroughs. Together they are working to improve the future of New York City’s children. Parent Power is their story.