Visiting Memphis offered EPAN members a closer look at how that city's education partnerships benefit children and youth.
Following a panel discussion of the Memphis cradle-to-career framework, EPAN members heard from Memphis city staff about one key program focused on promoting educational achievement.
Casey Foundation, kicked off the EPAN meeting by introducing participants to the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, of which NLC is a major partner.
EPAN members expressed keen interest in this collaborative, 10-year effort by dozens of foundations and organizations across the country to increase the number of low-income children who read at grade level by the end of third grade.
Deputy Mayor for Education Victor Reinoso welcomed EPAN
members on June 28, initiating a two-day discussion of the federal education policy landscape from a municipal perspective.
meeting began with an address by Jim Shelton, assistant deputy secretary of the U.
Among other suggestions, EPAN
members urged better coordination of federal funding silos through the Federal Youth Coordination Act.
During the meeting, 20 EPAN
members had the opportunity to visit a dynamic, new-design San Diego high school, dive into policy topics such as connecting in-school and out-of-school time and supporting the high school-to-college transition, and launch their own discussions on high school dropouts, college completion and the achievement gap among groups of students.
The snapshots were distributed in a booklet to EPAN
members during the network's recent meeting, which took place last month in Washington, D.
includes mayors' senior policy advisors from approximately 65 cities in the U.
Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, NLC launched EPAN
last year to create a forum in which these advisors can exchange ideas and help strengthen the capacity of their mayors to be strong advocates for school improvement and school reform.
Launched by NLC earlier this year, EPAN
currently has 46 member cities in 26 states.