September 11-12, 2009
Capital Plaza Hotel and the Frankfort Convention Center
On September 11-12, 2009, Kentuckians from across the Commonwealth will come together in Frankfort to participate in Graduate Kentucky: A Community Approach. This is a first of its kind comprehensive statewide conversation to not only understand why students are contemplating dropping out of school, but to also share ideas and best practices of how communities can play a pivotal role in reducing the dropout rate and creating a strategic vision for keeping our children engaged in school.
Kentucky’s dropout problem will not be a simple problem to address. It will require complex solutions and ideas from dedicated educators, policy makers, parents, communities and students. Reducing our dropout rate is as tied to educational achievement as it is to workforce development, economic development, and the ability of Kentucky to offer its citizens an increased quality of life which is essential to the Commonwealth’s competitiveness in the 21st century.
The keynote speaker on the evening of September 11 will be Mrs. Marian Wright Edelman, founder and President of The Children’s Defense Fund. For more than 40 years, Mrs. Edelman has been a leading voice for children and youth across our nation. Her unique perspective and work will be invaluable as we begin the invaluable work of giving our children opportunity through education.