The Pryor Times

November 17, 2013

Locals attend education conference

PRYOR, OK — Pryor Times

Brenda Jordan and Susan Propp, representing the Adair Community for Excellence in Education (ACEE) foundation were among the more than 150 local education foundation board members, community leaders and educators who recently attended the Fall Forum for Local Education Foundations.

The event was on Oct. 22, on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman. This year, the foundation partnered with the National School Foundation Association to expand the event to school foundation leaders throughout the south central region.

“Education First” was the theme for the conference. The keynote address was given by Jonah Edleman, co-founder and chief executive officer of Stand for Children, a national education advocacy organization devoted to improving public schools and closing the achievement gap.

Fall Forum participants also attended a variety of breakout sessions led by state and national experts in non-profit leadership, local education foundation administration, fundraising, marketing and programming.

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence is a non-profit, charitable organization created in 1985 to recognize and encourage academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools. Among its programs, the foundation provides technical support and assistance to local education foundations across the state. Oklahoma is a national leader in the number of local education foundations, with more than 200 established to date.