Education Conference To Focus On Reform, Collaboration

Two leaders in education: Bob Sanborn, president and CEO of Children at Risk, and Luis Elizondo-Thomson with Teacher for America
This weekend hundreds of teachers, parents and school administrators are meeting at an education summit. It's hosted by two major education groups here in Houston.

Tomorrow education leaders will try to address some of the major issues facing schools in Houston.

Bob Sanborn is president and CEO of Children at Risk.

“The impact of poverty on schools, the diversity of our student population, a look at science and math and why we’re lagging behind in so many ways.”

Sanborn says reform and collaboration are two main themes of the conference at Northbrook High School in Spring Branch.

“We can’t keep doing the same things we’ve done all along and expect different results. And as our population of high poverty students continues to increase in the state of Texas, you know, we need to do different things for those kids to allow them to be successful.”

In trying something different, Children at Risk is hosting the summit for the first time with another group Teach for America.

The group has 400 teachers working in classrooms around Greater Houston. It also counts more than one thousand alumni in the region.

But Luis Elizondo-Thomson with Teach for America says the event is also for parents.

“I think for them it will give them an opportunity to understand like how education is progressing in Houston, what we’re doing well, what we’re not doing well, where we need parents to engage further with schools and teachers and how we can sort of build a much closer partnership to figure these things out together.”

One of the sessions at the event will focus on parent advocacy.

The event starts tomorrow at 10 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m.

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Laura Isensee

Education Reporter

Laura Isensee covers education for KUHF, including K-12 and higher education.

Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and regularly contributed to WLRN, the local NPR affiliate and Miami Herald news partner...