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Education Advocate to Speak at Summit Schools Community Planning Meeting

Nationally recognized author and education advocate Jamie Vollmer will be guest presenter at the Summit Board of Education’s community planning meeting scheduled for Saturday, December 10.


The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of the Summit Primary Center at Jefferson, 110 Ashwood Ave.

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This will be the last in a series of four meetings scheduled by the board to involve parents, staff, and community members in developing focus areas that will guide the district through the next three school years. The other meetings will be held in the library/media center of Summit High School, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., on Tues., Nov. 15; Mon., Nov. 21; and Thurs., Dec. 1.


Vollmer received great acclaim for his keynote presentation at the recent New Jersey School Board Association’s annual meeting in which he outlined the need for the “Great Conversation” between public educators and community members to assure the success of students and the future health of the community.


“This is a valuable opportunity for us to hear directly from one of the most inspiring  voices in education today,” said Summit Board of Education President Michelle Stevenson. “After hearing him speak, you’ll be truly energized about being part of the planning for the future of our schools.”


Vollmer is the author of Schools Cannot Do It Alone: Building Public Support for America’s Public Schools, one of the top ten education books of 2010 according to the American School Board Journal. He is the 2010 recipient of the Learning and Liberty award presented by the National School Public Relations Association in recognition of his efforts over 20 years to strengthen school/community partnerships.


Vollmer entered the education arena after careers in manufacturing and law. He worked in the Washington, D.C., law firm of United States Congressman William Cramer until 1985, when he left to join the management team of the Great Midwestern Ice Cream Company in Iowa. The company was proclaimed by People magazine to make the “Best Ice Cream in America!” He ultimately became the company’s president.


In 1988, Vollmer became a founding member of the Iowa Business and Education Roundtable. He served as a volunteer for two years until becoming the Roundtable’s first executive director in 1990, a post he held for three years. He has served on the board of the National PTA and the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory.


Once a harsh critic, he is now an articulate champion of America’s public schools. Over the last 20 years he has worked with hundreds of school districts, chambers of commerce, education associations, and foundations to remove the obstacles to student success.


In addition to his book and numerous articles, Vollmer has written and produced the videos, Why Our Schools Need to Change, Teachers are Heroes, and Building Support for America’s Schools.


Vollmer holds a Juris Doctor from Catholic University in Washington, DC. He received his B.A. in political science from Pennsylvania State University.


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