Media Release
Media Release
Press Contact: Mary Kay Clunies-Ross, City of Berkeley, (510) 981-7008

2020 IN ACTION
All Berkeley families and residents are invited to see and join 2020 Vision's progress

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, September 25, 2012) - All Berkeley families and students are invited to attend the first “2020 IN ACTION” community forum on Thursday, October 11. The meeting will be an opportunity for the entire community to hear about the progress being made in eliminating the achievement gap in Berkeley schools.

Reports will be given about the increasing proficiency of third-grade readers, the increasing levels of student attendance, and the improved readiness of kindergarteners.

WHAT:           2020 IN ACTION Community Forum

WHO:             The entire community is invited to this free event, which is hosted by the Berkeley Alliance, the Berkeley Unified School District and the City of Berkeley.

WHEN:          Thursday, October 11, 2012
5:15pm - 8:15pm (Dinner will be served from 5:15-6 p.m.) 

WHERE:        Longfellow Middle School
1500 Derby Street, Berkeley, CA 94703 

COST:           Free dinner and on-site childcare

RSVP:            Please RSVP to bchan@berkeleyalliance.org


Charting Progress
The forum will include important data from the 2011-2012 school year. During that year, the focus was on making measureable improvements on three goals:

          Goal 1: Every child is ready for kindergarten

          Goal 2: Every child reads proficiently by the end of the third grade

          Goal 3: All students attend school regularly

While metrics are being developed to evaluate kindergarten readiness, parents and teachers are already reporting positive results from the programs. During the course of one school year, the percentage of third-grade students who are reading proficiently went from 60 percent to 68 percent. Also, the number of high school students who are missing too many school days has fallen 6 percentage points.

These and more results can be seen on www.CityofBerkeley.info/2020Vision and http://www.berkeleyschools.net/2012/09/06/2020-vision-makes-impact/.

Background on 2020 Vision 
2020 Vision is a citywide movement to ensure academic success and well-being for all children and youth growing up in Berkeley by closing the achievement gap in Berkeley's public schools by the year 2020. In June 2008, the Berkeley City Council and Berkeley Unified School District School Board adopted formal resolutions stating:

...all children, regardless of race, ethnicity and income, who enter Berkeley public schools beginning in 2007 (and remain in the district) will achieve equitable outcomes with no proficiency differences by the time they graduate in June, 2020; and that all children born in Berkeley in 2007 and beyond, receive a healthy start and are equally ready to learn and succeed in the Berkeley public schools.

The 2020 Vision is an ongoing collaboration between the following partners: City of Berkeley, Berkeley Unified School District, Berkeley Alliance, University of California- Berkeley, Berkeley City College, United in Action, Berkeley Federation of Teachers, Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action, Berkeley Public Education Foundation, and the Berkeley Community. 

For more information about the event or to RSVP, visit the Berkeley Alliance:

http://berkeleyalliance.org/event-2020-in-action-community-symposium/

to RSVP: bchan@berkeleyalliance.org

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