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APS Superintendent Participates in USA Today, Council of Great City Schools Education Forum

Superintendents from across the nation joined business and education leaders and the media to address successes and challenges facing America’s urban schools.

March 15, 2012

Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks was among a dozen or so superintendents from across the nation who joined business leaders, members of the media and other education leaders in addressing successes and challenges that face America’s urban schools in the second annual USA Today/Council of the Great City Schools Education Forum, Friday, March 16, at USA Today Headquarters in McLean, Va.

Titled “Unite to Make a Difference,” the day-long forum brought these educators, corporate executives and media personnel together to exchange ideas aimed at improving education in the United States. Geena Davis, Academy Award-winning actress and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, gave the keynote address at the forum.

“I was proud to represent Albuquerque Public Schools in this important forum with other leaders from large school districts, corporations and the media,” Brooks said.

Dave Hunke, president and publisher of USA Today, said the main purpose of the forum was to raise awareness of education issues. “We were delighted to partner with the Council of the Great City Schools on hosting the forum, and we hope it will shed light on the challenges that face our nation’s schools.”

“This forum brought together USA Today and the country’s leading urban educators to discuss progress in our big-city schools and how to build on achievements. Few conversations about the challenges and promise of education could be more important,” said Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools.

Among the other participants in the forum were superintendents from Boston, Cincinnati, Fresno, Tampa, Indianapolis, Chicago and Miami-Dade County (Fla.), as well as Siegfried Behrens, Microsoft’s general manager of U.S. Education; Kathy Payne, State Farm’s senior director of Education Leadership; Diane Barrett, vice president of national retail sales and strategy for Gannett Publishing Services; and Mary Wong, president of the Office Depot Foundation.

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