Acclaimed NYC educator Geoffrey Canada to speak in Tampa this coming Monday

Mario Hernandez, professor and chair of the Department of Child and Family Studies in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, says it's a big deal having Canada address the conference.

“We’re extremely excited to have Geoffrey Canada as our featured keynote speaker at the Monday afternoon plenary session. He has dedicated the past 20 years of his life to helping the most impoverished, at-risk children and youth beat the odds, and we’re sure he’ll inspire and motivate us to continue our mutual – and much necessary – quest to ensure all children have the right to a healthy start and a promising future.”

Following his speech, there will be a response panel with Sandra Spencer, the executive director of the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, MaryEllen Elia, the superintendent of the Hillsborough County Public School system, and Luanne J. Panacek, the CEO of the Children's Board of Hillsborough County.

The conference is being presented by the USF Child & Family Studies Program, and takes place March 20-23 at the Tampa Hyatt Regency hotel.

Canada will speak Monday at 1:00 p.m.  You can find out more information about the conference here.

He was already revered as one of the most dynamic figures trying to change public education in this country, but the release last fall of the documentary "Waiting for Superman" gave Geoffrey Canada an even bigger platform to discuss what he has accomplished over the past 20 years with the Harlem's Children's Zone, and he'll be doing so next Monday in Tampa, March 2, when he will give the keynote address at the 24th Annual Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference.

The topic of education reform has been big over the past couple of years, and Canada has been acclaimed for what he's accomplished with the Harlem Children’s Zone, specifically for his advocacy to reform urban education, inner-city poverty and the achievement gap among underprivileged children.   U.S. News & World Report has called Canada  one of “America’s Best Leaders: for his work with the Harlem Children’s Zone.

Canada is expected to speak about his models for reform that combine educational, social and medical services that start at birth and follow children to college. 

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