O5/01/2009 New Orleans, LA - New Orleans residents James Carville and Mary Matalin opened their home this evening to greet New Orleans community leaders and the local and national leadership of Communities In Schools. The couple are longtime friends of CIS National Board Chairwoman, Elaine Wynn. Conversations about the dropout epidemic and CIS' national leadership in that arena sparked their desire to add their support to the efforts of the New Orleans CIS affiliate. Joining the Carvilles and Ms. Wynn were CIS founder Bill Milliken and his wife Jean, CIS National President Dan Cardinali, and Executive Vice President Carolyn Spaght, a Louisiana native.
The evening provided a traditional southern venue for conversation among numerous stakeholders- education and business leaders, foundation and private funders, elected officials and public school parents. Ms. Wynn praised New Orleans for its success in embracing education reform in the midst of recovery and rebuilding. Mr. Milliken, author of The Last Dropout:Stop the Epidemic, highlighted the role that integrated student support services play in every education reform model. Sara Massey, CIS New Orleans Executive Director, challenged the guests to become invested in the implementation of systemic change in the way schools and children access community resources, focusing on the need for coordinated layering of services in a customized way for each vulnerable student.
For more information or to engage in a conversation about how you can contribute to the achievement of public school children in New Orleans, contact Sara Massey, Executive Director at 504-494-4435 or firstname.lastname@example.org.