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Community Engagement Hosts Annual Partnership Breakfast & Annual Meeting

The OOE Partnership Breakfast and Annual Meeting held this spring was success with 99% of participants stating that their overall experience at was positive and that they would recommend the events to others! 
Mary Ann Crayton, Sr. Director of Community Engagement leads discussion at Partnership Breakfast on March 8.
The Partnership Breakfast 
was an informational event covering several important topics.  Dr. Colin Rose,  Assistant Superintendent for the Opportunity and Achievement Gap, discussed BPS Mentoring Initiative identifying school targets, recruitment of mentors and benchmarks for this school year.   Karla Jenkins,  OOE Engagement Liaison,  shared  an overview of the objectives and implementation of effective f amily engagement strategy.  Donette Wislon-Wood, Principal, and   Mery Faial-Zaynoune , Community Field Coordinator from the Haynes EEC,  presented successful f amily  e ngagement  s trategies  modeled  at the Haynes to  recruit and train parent leaders.
Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell addresses attendees at the Annual Partnership Meeting at the Bruce C. Bolling Building on May 12. 
Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell
D irector,    Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships ,  at  the U.S. Department of Education  was  the guest speaker at the  May 12  Annual Partnership Meeting.  Her first visit, more than six years ago, challenged BPS to work collaboratively with community and faith partners to "make a difference". She noted the great results from the  five BPS schools (Burke, Haynes EEC, Frederick Middle, King, and Winthrop) receiving Choice Neighborhood Grant funding, including, improved attendance rates and the Burke High School's recent exit from turnaround status, as well as improved graduation rates.   Girton-Mitchell reminded the audience of the importance of partnership work in schools,  to  celebrate one another's work, and to remember that all voices matter. In c oncluding her  inspirational message, she  encouraged participants to be   the  "seeds of possibilities ."
View photos from both events  on our Facebook page . Special thanks you to all of the Office of Engagement staff volunteers who helped make the event possible.