Given the population gains during the last decade and the demographic projections going forward, it has become apparent that addressing the educational needs of economically disadvantaged children is no longer a matter of periodic consideration but one requiring immediate action. While students anchored by economic stability have achieved unprecedented educational success, educational outcomes for the economically disadvantaged student have been appalling and abysmal.
Those unsuccessful outcomes can often be traced to the dearth of understanding of the multiple factors that compose the environment of the economically disadvantaged learner. This conference will endeavor to develop a common understanding of the complexities of the world experienced by students who live in poverty.
Join us this Saturday, September 16
Join State Superintendent Dr. Tony Evers; William Greer, Former President & CEO of Journey Mental Health Center; Dane County Circuit Court Judge Everett Mitchell; Jacquelyn Boggess, Co-director of Center for Family Policy and Practice; MMSD Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Cheatham; and Noble Wray, Former Madison Police Department Chief at the 2017 Opportunities Beyond Obstacles Symposium on Saturday, September 16th at Edgewood College.
Opportunities Beyond Obstacles is the annual, multidisciplinary conference of the Consortium for the Educational Development of Economically Disadvantaged Students (CEDEDS).
This conference provides an unparalleled opportunity to share new ideas or highlight noteworthy projects, research and practices with other professionals in the field of addressing the educational needs of children in poverty.
This Conference is dedicated to the exploration of issues relating to the education of the economically disadvantaged student.
The goals of Opportunities Beyond Obstacles include: developing a common understanding, focus on the causation rather than symptoms, and strategies to change the paradigm.