April 22, 2014

Sisters of Charity Health System sponsors City Club forum on education transformation

The Sisters of Charity Health System supported a recent forum about education transformation at The City Club of Cleveland with Professor David Kirp from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkley. Susanna Krey, senior vice president for foundations, outreach ministries and external affairs for the health system, introduced Kirp to the audience.

Kirp then spoke with City Club CEO Dan Moulthrop in a discussion format, followed by an audience question and answer session. 

The discussion focused on education transformation, which is the subject of Kirp’s latest book, Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for American Education. The book chronicles how a poor urban school district—which was at one time the second worst district in New Jersey—has transported Latino immigrant children, many of them undocumented, into the education mainstream. Now, 90 percent of those youngsters are graduating from high school and 75 percent are going to college. Improbable Scholars takes the reader from a third-grade classroom to the administrative headquarters, where the crucial system-building gets done. It also explores the potent politics of the community.

During the discussion, Kirp provided lessons learned in Union City that can be applied nationwide and additional observations he has made studying education. In 17 books and many articles published in the popular press and scholarly journals, Kirp has tackled some of America’s biggest social problems, including affordable housing, access to health care, gender discrimination and AIDS. His main focus, though, has been on education and children’s policy, from cradle to college and career.

The Sisters of Charity Health System and Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland carry forward the mission our founding sisters, who came from France in 1851 to meet unmet health, education and human service needs in Cleveland. The sisters have a rich history of being educators in the Cleveland community. This commitment to education continues today, most notably through the efforts of the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood. The Promise Neighborhood is a transformative program that wraps children in high-quality and coordinated health, social, community and educational support from the cradle to college and career. This collaborative initiative is led by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland.

Pictured are Dan Moulthrop, Susanna Krey and David Kirp. View more photos from The City Club forum.

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