Enid News & Eagle
Jennifer Fields, representing Enid Public School Foundation, was among the nearly 200 education foundation board members, mentoring volunteers, community leaders and educators who attended the Fall Forum for Local Education Foundations and Youth Mentoring Programs Oct. 23 at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.
For 22 years, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has presented the Fall Forum as the state’s premiere event for local education foundation leaders, school administrators and others seeking to improve the quality of public education in their communities. As part of its Boren Mentoring Initiative, the Foundation for Excellence also offered sessions on youth mentoring on the Fall Forum.
“Champions for Education” was the theme for the conference, which featured a keynote address by the University of Oklahoma women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale. Oklahoma Medal for Excellence-winning educator Cindy Hemm spoke at the luncheon on how mentoring and community partnerships helped bring success to her inner-city Tulsa school.
Fall Forum participants attended breakout sessions led by state and national experts in nonprofit leadership, local education foundation administration and youth mentoring. The conference culminated in the presentation of $1,000 Outstanding Program Awards for Local Education Foundations, which were presented to the technology initiative sponsored by the Claremore Public Schools Foundation and the Homeless Student Education Fund sponsored by the Mid-Del Public Schools Foundation.