WCTE Education Staff Present at National AFSA Conference
On July 24, Cindy Putman and Lee Wray, WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS education and community engagement staff, were invited to present to a national audience at the American Federation of School Administrators 14th Triennial Constitutional Convention in New Orleans, LA. Cindy is the Project Manager for WCTE Ready To Learn, a national initiative focused on early learning and school readiness. Lee is WCTE’s Project Manager of American Graduate, an initiative focused on ‘cradle to career’ education, with the ultimate goal of alleviating the national dropout crisis. The AFSA invited WCTE as guests of the convention to present on “Education and Community Partnerships” to this audience of school administrators.
Since WCTE has been part of the Ready To Learn and American Graduate initiatives, both funded by the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, Wray and Putman have forged important new education and community partnerships for WCTE. At this conference, they shared ways that public media can work hand-in-hand with school systems and other organizations nationwide.
In a post-session evaluation, attendees shared the following comments: “I learned some valuable information that I can use effectively in my community and church,” and “Cynthia and Lee spoke with real passion for what they do. You can tell they enjoy their work and making a difference.”
“We enjoyed the opportunity to engage with educators from other regions of the country—most of the conference attendees were from the Northeast and Midwest, particularly from urban areas. They shared with us that they often find it challenging to bring community partners to the table. Hearing their stories made Cindy and I realize how fortunate we are to live and work in such a connected community. Community support, particularly from the Putnam County School System, makes WCTE’s education efforts possible.” - Lee Wray on his experience of the AFSA convention
For more information about WCTE’s education initiatives, visit wcte.org/education.