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PromiseNet Week Is Here!

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At the center of Thursday’s Cities of Promise Town Hall — to be held in the School of Management’s new campus, Edward P. Evans Hall — is the case study focused on the national 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 into a more formal network for collective impact.

“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.”

The event will be moderated by Emmy Award winner Jack Ford, who is a co-founder of the American Education Television Network. On the stage with Ford will be Dr. Janice Brown, a trustee of The Kalamazoo Promise, Saleem Ghubril, Executive Director of The Pittsburgh Promise, Patricia Melton, Executive Director of New Haven Promise and Dr. Gabriella Gonzalez, a sociologist at the RAND Corporation who has closely examined Promise programs.

Below is an overview of the case study — PromiseNet: Toward a More Unified Network? — authored by Rosalind Wiggins, Project Editor at the Yale School of Management. Download the full case study.

Here are some housekeeping items for attendees:

• Trainspotting — If you are taking either Amtrak or Metro North into New Haven, it is about a 15-minute walk to the Omni Hotel. You would walk north on Union Street (bear left under the bridge) to either George or Crown Streets, where you’d make a left. You’d walk three blocks to Temple Street and turn right and the hotel will be on the right side of the street. As the walk does go under a dark highway overpass, we recommend a short cab ride (roughly $6) at night.

• Some Sweet Deals — Several merchants are offering special rates for PromiseNet attendees. That includes everything from lunch and dinner to cookies… and even a variety of Mojitos! Special thanks to our friends at Visit New Haven for pulling together these wonderful values!

• Making Yourself Known — We still encourage attendees to send us your bios and photo if you’d like to let folks know you are coming to PromiseNet. We have roughly 75 bios and photos online and would be happy to create a page for you to help network. Please email Brett Hoover with your bio and image.

• Comfy Shoes, Hats & Gloves — New Haven is a green city. In fact, a half-block away from the Omni Hotel is the famous New Haven Green. Because it is a city designed for walking, we encourage attendees to join in the spirit and walk to some of the conference locales, which are all within a mile of the hotel. The extended forecast is calling for sunny, but cold and perhaps windy, conditions.

• Freeing Up Your Signal — There is not free WiFi in rooms at the Omni, unless you sign up for the Omni Loyalty Program, which means you will likely get member notifications and such. There is free WiFi in the lobby of the hotel.

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.

Photo: Forum on Law, Culture and Society at NYU School of Law