Emmy Award Winner Jack Ford To Moderate At PromiseNet

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Two-time Emmy Award winner Jack Ford will moderate the town hall meeting set for the national PromiseNet 2014 conference — which brings together Promise programs from around the country — on the evening of Thursday, November 20th, at the Yale School of Management in New Haven, Conn.

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The event at the Yale SOM will center on a case study about the Promise movement, the country’s premier place-based scholarship and economic development program. Representatives of Promise organizations from across the United States will discuss the challenges and opportunities in knitting together the various Promise organizations by either coordinating efforts or standardizing operations. The town hall will be held in the School of Management’s new campus, Edward P. Evans Hall.

pnet-logo-300wAn Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist, prominent trial attorney, author and teacher, Ford has had a unique and remarkably successful career. Raised by a single parent, his journey has taken him from a small town in New Jersey to Yale University, where he was a scholarship student and three-year starter on the varsity football team, to the Fordham University School of Law, where he helped finance his legal education with winnings from three appearances on the television quiz show “Jeopardy,” to courtrooms and classrooms throughout the country, and, ultimately, to the upper echelons of television journalism.

In 1994, Ford joined NBC News as Chief Legal Correspondent, reporting on major legal stories for NBC Nightly News, The Today Show and Dateline. In addition, he was the co-anchor for The Today Show: Weekend Edition and substitute anchor for Nightly News and Meet the Press. Ford joined ABC News in 1999 as an Anchor/Correspondent for Good Morning America, 20/20, and World News Tonight. He returned to Court TV in 2005 as host of “Courtside.”

Currently the Co-Founder, Chief Editor and Anchor of the American Education Television Networks, Ford has also turned novelist in recent years. His debut novel, The Osiris Alliance, was published in 2009 to critical acclaim along with his following novel, The Walls of Jericho, released last year.

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Yale SOM to Focus on the Promise Movement

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New Haven Promise announced that the Yale School of Management will be the site of a town hall meeting for the national PromiseNet 2014 conference on the evening of Thursday, November 20th.

PromiseNet — which brings together Promise programs from around the country — will take place in New Haven, Conn., from November 19th to 21st, and is being hosted by New Haven Promise with the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

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The event at the Yale School of Management will center on a case study about the Promise movement, the country’s premier place-based scholarship and economic development program. Representatives of Promise organizations from across the United States will discuss the challenges and opportunities in knitting together the various Promise organizations by either coordinating efforts or standardizing operations. The town hall will be held in the School of Management’s new campus, Edward P. Evans Hall.

“Promise programs share a big vision and role vital to tackling the challenges facing our nation around college access and success,” said Andrew Metrick, Deputy Dean of the Yale School of Management. “We have already established a relationship with New Haven Promise and its Promising Leaders initiative, pursuant to which our graduate students mentor and develop New Haven Promise’s scholars. We are pleased to assist the Promise community through utilization of our unique Yale case study method in support of this year’s PromiseNet Conference.”

Since the founding of Kalamazoo Promise in 2005, nearly 30 Promise organizations have been founded across the country, including in Pittsburgh, Denver, Buffalo and El Dorado (Ark.). Promise programs go beyond just giving scholarships; they also work to ensure student success, improve public schools and leverage the linkages between college-access and economic viability and growth. This will be the sixth PromiseNet event since 2008, but the first to be held on the East Coast.

Those interested — including those from government, business, philanthropy, education and the nonprofit sectors — are encouraged to attend. More announcements in regards to the agenda will be announced in the coming weeks.

Registration Has Launched

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The sixth meeting of PromiseNet — an opportunity for the Promise community to gather and share their best discoveries in design, implementation, impact and sustainability of the place-based scholarship model — will turn to East Coast for the first time.

PromiseNet 2014 is slated for New Haven, Conn., in a little more than two months and this website provides a resources for planning your visit to the Elm City. Hosted by New Haven Promise and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, PromiseNet 2014 will begin at 2 pm on Nov. 19 and conclude by noon on Nov. 21.

Special hotel rates have been determined and registration has launched. We are also trying to gauge interest in “extended-stay” options, be it a trip to New York or Boston or simply a deeper look at the City of New Haven. We’ve also incorporated those options into our best advice for getting to the ‘Greatest Small City in America.’

The conference has been held in Kalamazoo, Mich. — home of the first Promise program — three times (2008, 2010, 2013) and will return in 2015 in honor of the 10th year of Promise in that city. Denver, Colo., hosted PromiseNet in 2009 and Pittsburgh, Pa., in 2011.