On April 27, 2013, from 1 pm to 3 pm, The Tulsa Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., will present its 6th Annual Legislative Tea and Forum. This year’s topic is “Closing the Achievement Gap: Simple Solutions for a Complex Problem Facing Our Schools.” The event will be held at Tulsa Community College’s Northeast Campus, 3727 East Apache Street. It is free and open to the public. Our country is engaged in a national, regional, and local debate about the probable causes of and potential solutions to addressing the growing disparities in student performance within our secondary schools. As a responsible community, there is a need to better understand the complexities associated with gaps in academic achievement and consider possible remedies to this societal problem. Dr. Ebony Johnson, Tulsa Public Schools (Administrator-Academic Achievement Zone) will lead an interactive workshop that will focus on the multi-layered issue of closing the achievement gap, by providing simplistic and real-world strategies for engaging all students. This presentation will be geared toward parents, community members and other interested public. Topics covered will include: -Issues affecting children in urban areas-Equity with academic offerings-Equity with enrichment activities-Culturally-Competent staffing & relationship-building The Tulsa Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc, has presented four previous forums as a service to the community. Previous topics included the State of Women’s Health, the State of Healthcare, Higher Education Affordability, and Higher Education Access. Speakers for these past programs include State Senator Judy McIntyre, State Senator Tom Adelson, State Representative Jabar Shumate, Dr. Jerry Clancy and various community leaders. The Tulsa Chapter was installed on November 15, 2008. The Tulsa Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, hosts several other community activities, such as its Annual Oratorical competition held every March.
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