Closing plenary from the leader of the American Federation of Teachers highlighting their Quality Education Agenda and moving it to the next plateau, in which community schools is a key pillar. The agenda strives to create the optimum conditions for student success and teaching."
Martin J. Blank
Martin J. Blank is the President of the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) in Washington, DC. He leads IEL in its efforts to build the capacity of people, organizations and systems -- in education and related fields -- to cross boundaries and work together to attain better results for children and youth. Marty has been associated with IEL since 1985, focusing his work on building bridges between schools and other institutions with assets that can support student success.
Marty also serves as the Director of the Coalition for Community Schools, which is staffed by the Institute for Educational Leadership. The Coalition is an alliance that brings together leaders and organizations in education, family support, youth development early childhood, community development, government and philanthropy. Partners advocate for schools as centers of their communities where school and community resources are organized to support student success, strengthen families and build healthier communities.
Marty is the co-author of Making the Difference: Research and Practice in Community Schools and Together We Can: A Guide for Crafting a Pro-family System of Education and Human Services. He was Project Director for the preparation of Learning Together, a comprehensive map of the revitalized community schools movement across the country.
Jane Quinn joined The Childrenâ€™s Aid Society executive team in January of 2000 and currently serves as the Societyâ€™s Vice President for Community Schools and as Director of the National Center for Community Schools. On the national level, Quinnâ€™s work focuses on advancing the community schools strategy as a preferred education reform approach. She also provides strategic planning and fundraising expertise to the Societyâ€™s local community schools, which are long-term partnerships with the New York City Department of Education.
Lisa Villarreal is Vice-Chair of the Coalition for Community Schools, and Program Officer of EducaÂtion for the San Francisco Foundation.