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 Mayor’s Education Summit community conversations announced 


1/11/2012 | Contact: Sarah Erkmann 343-7103
Mayor's Office

Mayor Dan Sullivan announced today a series of community conversations during which citizens will have the opportunity to discuss the reform scenarios that emerged from the Mayor’s Education Summit.

The community conversations represent Phase II of the Mayor’s Education Summit, which began in November with a two-day conference attended by 100 community and civic leaders and with presentations by seven leading education experts. During the Summit, participants developed preliminary scenarios that identified ways to improve student performance.

The scenarios are:

  1. World-class leadership: teachers and principals;
  2. Community engagement and commitment;
  3. Set great expectations for student success; and
  4. Expand choice and opportunity for all.


Participants will discuss the approach and steps they think Anchorage should take, including the choices and trade-offs that will be required, in order for Anchorage’s schools to become among the nation’s best.

“I am eager to hear from the community about how they think we can improve our student performance,” said Mayor Dan Sullivan. “The November Summit gave us some great ideas, and now it’s time to ask citizens for their opinions. I encourage parents, teachers, students, business owners, and indeed, all Anchorage residents to get involved in talking about this important issue.” 

The community conversations will take place on six dates in February. Dates and locations are:

  • Wed., Feb. 8, 2012, Bayshore Club House, 3131 Amber Bay Loop, 5:15 p.m. check-in, 5:45 p.m. start
  • Thurs., Feb. 9, 2012, Eagle River Lions Club, Mile 1.5 Eagle River Rd., 5:15 p.m. check-in, 5:45 p.m. start
  • Sat., Feb. 11, 2012, Spenard Recreation Center, 2020 W. 48th Ave., 9:30 a.m. check-in, 9:45 a.m. start
  • Wed., Feb. 15, 2012, Alaska Native Heritage Center, 8800 Heritage Center Dr., 5:15 p.m. check-in, 5:45 p.m. start
  • Thurs., Feb. 16, 2012, Campbell Creek Science Center, 5600 Science Center Dr., 5:15 p.m. check-in, 5:45 p.m. start
  • Wed., Feb. 22, 2012, Anchorage Senior and Activity Center, 1300 E. 19th Ave, 5:15 p.m. check-in. 5:45 p.m. start.          

All community conversations are three hours in duration. For evening sessions, a light meal is provided. For the morning session, coffee and snacks are provided.

Citizens can register for the community conversation of their choice online at Each session is limited to 100 participants.

Funding and support to host the community conversations comes from Mayor’s Education Summit partners: ExxonMobil; Alaska Communications; Shell; Wells Fargo; Alaska Airlines; Alaska USA Federal Credit Union; Alaska Regional Hospital; AT&T, Carlile Transportation Systems; ConocoPhillips; BP Alaska; First National Bank; GCI; Gillam Foundation; Lynden; Providence Alaska Medical Center; Northrim Bank; UAA Center for Alaska Education Policy Research; ISER; the Cuddy Family, Anchorage School District; the Atwood Foundation; the Rasmuson Foundation; Alaska Pacific University; the Anchorage Schools Foundation; and the University of Alaska Anchorage.

A comprehensive report outlining the public feedback will be prepared when the sessions conclude. The report will serve as input to the originally selected 100 civic and community leaders that will reconvene the Education Summit in June to agree on the reform proposals and an implementation plan.

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