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Book discussion & author appearance: “Schools Cannot Do It Alone”

Post by Debbie Cafazzo / The News Tribune on March 20, 2013 at 6:10 pm with No Comments »
March 20, 2013 6:11 pm

Parents, educators and others can talk about author Jamie Vollmer’s book, “Schools Cannot Do It Alone: Building Public Support for America’s Public Schools” in advance of his upcoming public appearance here.

A Community Book Study is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Friday March 22 at the Evergreen State College/Tacoma, 1210 6th Ave.

Vollmer will also be in Tacoma March 28, with a public presentation scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 28 in the Wilson High School auditorium, 1202 N. Orchard St.

Evergreen professor Barbara Laners, along with representatives from Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma Council PTA, Vibrant Schools Tacoma and the Foundation for Tacoma Schools, will lead the March 22 discussion.

Vollmer’s book addresses the need for schools and communities to partner in supporting students.

The book tells of Vollmer’s journey through public education where he made two critical discoveries. He says that schools have a systems problem, not a people problem; and we must change the system to get the graduates we need. Second, he believes, we cannot touch the system without touching the culture of the surrounding town. Everything that goes on inside a school is tied to local attitudes, values, traditions and beliefs, Vollmer says.

For a free copy (while supplies last) of “Schools Cannot Do It Alone,” call the Tacoma Public Schools Office of Community Partnership, Academic Equity & Achievement at 253-571-1087.

To attend Vollmer’s March 28 presentation, the fee is $20. E-mail amorris@wasa-oly.org or call 360-357-9535 for registration information.

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