Power of Parents 2010 Conference

October 18, 2010 Joining us this morning to tell us more about is Robert Runcie, Chief Administrative Officer for Chicago Public Schools. He is joined by Maria Ramirez, a parent advocate with the King Elementary School on the city's West Side.

(PRESS RELEASE) Power of Parents 2010 Conference, October 26th and 27th at McCormick Place Judge Glenda Hatchett and Rev. Al Sharpton will be featured speakers at the 5th Citywide Power of Parents conference, October 26th and 27th and McCormick Place.

It's the nation's largest parent participation conference and this year's theme is "Empowering you with the Tools You Need to Help Your Children Succeed."

Rev. Sharpton will talk about the importance of education and his new syndicated television show, "The Education Superhighway." Judge Hatchett will challenge the audience from her new book, "Dare to Take Charge: How to Live Your Life on Purpose."

Speakers and workshops will focus on the importance of parent engagement and motivating parents to participate.

Conference Facts
When: October 26th & October 27th, 2010
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Where: McCormick Place Skyline Ballroom - West
Chicago, Illinois
Who: Parents from schools throughout the city and state are invited to participate. Public, charter and private school parents, administrators, community faith-based and government leaders attend the two-day event.

Conference Highlights
AmericaSpeaks will conduct town hall meetings on Combating Violence in our Communities and Creating Effective Parent Involvement Programs. In an innovative 21st Century Town Hall Meeting format, AmericaSpeaks (www.americaspeaks.org ) will capture and share participant feedback in real time with handheld, wireless keypads. This will allow conference participants to be involved in decision-making by consensus and enable those in leadership to develop more informed strategic and sustainable solutions.

The Conference topics include:
Youth Violence and Restorative Justice
Health & Nutrition-Creating Smart Kids-Healthy Kids in a Sugar-Free Zone
"How to Walk to School--Creating Better Neighborhood Schools"
Understanding New Technology Tools for Learning
Developing Parent Leaders
Special Education-Understanding Your Child's Right to a Quality Education

Hear from experts in parent engagement, leaders in education, government officials and celebrities who will motivate and encourage parents to get involved.

Conference Speakers include:

  • Illinois Governor Pat Quinn,
  • Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley,
  • Judge Glenda Hatchett, author of ""Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say! 7 Simple Strategies to Help Our Children Along the Path to Purpose and Possibility: Saving Your Child from a Troubled World," and her latest book, "Dare to Take Charge"
  • Rev. Al Sharpton, host of nationally syndicated television program "Education Superhighway"
  • Representatives from the White House Office on Heath and Nutrition - "Let's Move",
  • Dr. Yvonne Sanders Butler, Executive Director, Healthy Kids, Smarts Kids
  • Jacqueline Edelberg, Author, "How to Walk to School: Blueprint for a Neighborhood School Renaissance"
  • Grammy Award-Winning Vocalist Chrisette Michele, who recently hosted the first "Hip-Hop 4 Education Initiative" at Clark University-Atlanta
  • Local media personalities will motivate and entertain conference participants.
  • Power of Parents 2010 Conference
    McCormick Place West
    Skyline Ballroom
    Tue/Wed, 8:30am -5pm

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