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Network aims to close achievement gap

Union, N.J. --- The Center for Innovative Education at Kean University and the New Jersey Network For Student Success have teamed together to find ways to improve the student achievement gap among minorities in urban communities.

NJNSS and the CIE at Kean have developed a series of four presentations by noted educators to address the gap. Dr. Yvette Jackson will be the keynote speaker at the first presentation on October 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the University Center, Room 228. The other presentations are slated for January, February and March of next year.

Jackson is well respected for her work in assessing the learning potential among disenfranchised urban students. She currently serves as the CEO of the National Urban Alliance, founded at the College Board and Teachers College at Columbia University.

At her presentation, Jackson will speak on the topic of “Unlocking the Potential for Success: Reversing Underachievement of Urban Students.’’

For more information about registration and fees for the conference, contact Carol James at

Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, boasting a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment, offering more than 50 undergraduate degrees and more than 45 options leading to a master’s degree, doctorate, professional diploma and/or state certification(s). Five undergraduate colleges and the Nathan Weiss Graduate College now serve more than 14,000 students.