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Kambon To Stress Parent, Teacher Partnerships At Alliance Event

Sept. 30, 2011

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Ako Kambon has spent his entire adult life in education. But his work has taken him out of the classroom and into various communities, talking about what he's learned about the changing American student and the importance of partnerships between a community and its schools. He spoke to Waco ISD teachers at an in-service day following the Eduation Summit last year, and is returning this Monday to address the whole community-even, says Kambon, people who have no affiliation with the schools.

The title of Kambon's message is "We're All In This Together." His appearance is the second in a series of community events put on by the Greater Waco Community Education Alliance. Educators and parents are sure to comprise a large chunk of the audience at the new University High School, but Kambon explains that his message is designed to convince anyone who is interested that the future of Waco depends on the product coming out of our schools.

Kambon is now president of the Visionary Leaders Institute in Ohio, an organization that studies students, schools, and partnerships, and works to help communities discover solutions to meet their own local needs. Kambon said he was impressed by the initiative he saw last year, and hopes to focus on issues affecting the work going forward.

Kambon said that Waco has a head start on other communities, but that follow-through on the part of parents and other community leaders will be the key to a successful event. The Education Alliance's Free Community Event on Meaningful Involvement is this Monday night in the auditorium of the new University High School at 6:30. For KWBU News, I'm Derek Smith.



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