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Sponsored by Lake Michigan College and the Frederick S. Upton Foundation Friday, May 11, 2012 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lake Michigan College Mendel Center 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI

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What can we as a community do to close the education gap?


  • Sponsored byLake Michigan College and the Frederick S. Upton Foundation

    Friday, May 11, 20128:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.Lake Michigan College Mendel Center

    2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI

  • Education SummitFriday, May 11, 2012

    8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.Lake Michigan College Mendel Center

    Summit Agenda7:30 to 8:15 a.m. Breakfast Buffet

    8:15 a.m. Opening Remarks Dr. Robert Harrison, President, Lake Michigan College

    8:30 a.m. Transforming Your Community through Education Haley Glover, Director of Convening Strategy Lumina Foundation

    9:15 a.m. Improving Outcomes in the New Normal: Building the Civic Infrastructure to have Collective Impact Jeff Edmondson, Managing Director Strive Cradle to Career Network

    10 a.m. Break

    10:15 a.m. Table Talk Down Can our region adopt the Lumina and Strive strategies?

    10:45 a.m. Q&A Moderator, Dr. Robert Harrison Panelists: Haley Glover Jeff Edmondson Lumina Foundation Strive Network

    Dr. Nanette Keiser Lisa Cripps President, Berrien Director Community Foundation Frederick S. Upton Foundation

    Anna Murphy, President United Way of Southwest Michigan

    Noon Lunch and Community Conversations Led by the Center for Michigan

    1:30 p.m. Community Conversation Summary and Recap Blaine Lam, Regional Director, Center for Michigan

    2 p.m. Summit SummationNext Steps and Call to Action Dr. Robert Harrison, President, Lake Michigan College

    2:30 p.m. Adjourn

    Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no charge.

    On May 11, please join us as we learn how our region can join more than 100 communities throughout the country who have adopted a cradle to career civic infrastructure and are making a meaningful difference in educational attainment and success at all levels.

    Keynote speakers for the event include representatives from the Lumina Foundation and Strive. Also, the Center for Michigan will lead attendees in a conversation about the state of education in Michigan.

    The Summit is for anyone interested in making a difference in education in their local community. It will challenge our thinking about how business, education, communities, and service organizations can work together to create meaningful and lasting change.

    Thank you,

    Dr. Robert HarrisonPresident, Lake Michigan College

    Please RSVP by May 4 at

    or to Jennifer Schrubba 927-8100 ext. [email protected]

    *Information from the Georgetown University Center on Education and Workforce Development and the Lumina Foundation report, A Stronger Nation through Higher Education.

    What can we as a community do to close the education gap? By 2018 62% of all Michigan jobs will require some form of post-secondary education. Yet, in Michigan, only 36% and in Berrien County 35% of working age adults hold at least a two-year degree.*

  • Summit speakersThe Lumina Foundation is committed to enrolling and graduating more students from college. It is the nations largest foundation dedicated exclusively to increasing students access to and success in post-secondary education. The Foundations mission is defined by Goal 2025to increase the percentage of Americans who hold high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025.

    Lumina pursues this goal in three ways: by identifying and supporting effective practice, by encouraging effective public policy, and by using our communications and convening capacity to build public will for change.

    For more information about the Lumina Foundation visit

    Jeff Edmondson is managing director ofthe Strive Network, anationalcradle-to-career initiative that brings together leaders in Pre-K-12 schools, higher education, business and industry, community organizations, government leaders, parents, and other stakeholders who are committed to helping children succeed from birth through careers.

    The Strive Network was formed using lessonslearned from the development of the partnership, andare currently being applied in cities across the country through a collaborative relationship with Living Cities and the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities to help ensure resources in these regions are efficiently and effectively supporting the success of every child.

    For more information about Strive please visit

    Haley Glover, Director of Convening Strategy, Lumina Foundation

    Jeff Edmondson Managing Director, Strive

    Summit Goals Buildgreaterunderstandingandawarenessofhowandwhycommunities

    are adopting strategies to build a cradle to career culture of learning Gatherinformationthatcanguidepolicyandprogramdevelopmentfor

    educational and service organizations, as well as business and industry Identifytwotothreeactionstepsthatcanelevatetheawarenessofcradle

    to career networks, college access, communication, and move specific strategies forward

    Who Should Attend Not-for-profitorganizationmanagersandboardmembers Educationadministratorsandteachers BusinessCEOs,presidents,andhumanresourcemanagers Socialservicefundingagenciesandfoundationdirectorsandboard

    members Governmentleadersandrepresentatives

  • The Pillars of a Strive Cradle to Career Community

    The Strive StoryIn 2006 a group of Greater Cincinnatis education, civic and business leaders came together determined to improve the educational success of children from the heart of the region. The result was Strive, which has proved that evidence-based decisions and a cradle to career dedication to academic progress can have a profound impact on education achievement.

    During its first five years in Greater Cincinnati, Strive noted positive improvements in 40 educational outcomes it measured, including 4th grade reading, 8th grade math, and completion rates and credentials awarded at four local public colleges and universities.

    Now, Strive is sharing its story and helping others build what is called the Cradle to Career Civic Infrastructure. The Infrastructure is the system that is formed within a community to use existing resources to target the needs of every individual child so they have the support they need to succeed along their learning journey.

    To date, the Network has grown to include almost 40 members representing over 20 states and the District of Columbia. Over 100 communities have shown interest in taking on this difficult work and joining together to support the success of every child.

    Join the Community Conversations LunchDuring this working lunch, attendees will participate in a community conversation hosted by the Center for Michigan. This conversation is part of a statewide initiative led by the Center to gather perspectives of Michigan residents on major education policy and reform choices under debate in Michigan and around the country. Information gathered during these conversations will be shared with legislative leaders, and community and educator leaders can use the findings to guide their program efforts.

    Thank you to our other participating partners who have helped plan the Education Summit

    United Way of Southwest Michigan Michigan Works! Berrien-Cass-Van Buren

    The Berrien Community Foundation The Consortium for Community Development

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