Education Collaborative Hosted a “First Generation” Screening for Baltimore Leadership

October 17, 2012

As the educational renaissance continues in Baltimore, our independent school students, along with Baltimore City Public School seniors, are positioned to attend college.  How is Baltimore supporting first generation college-bound students? Collaborative partnerships between private and public institutions are critical to the success of first generation children. A coalition of private, public, Jesuit and Higher Ed educational leaders in Baltimore has formed to present a united voice on this issue.

The coalition is comprised of representatives from the following institutions:

Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys
Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust
Calvert School
CollegeBound Foundation
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Friends School of Baltimore
Garrison Forest School
Gilman School
KIPP Baltimore
The Park School of Baltimore
Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy
SEED School of Maryland
University of Maryland Baltimore County

On Tuesday, October 16th, the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust hosted a screening event at MICA of  First Generation. The documentary tells the story of four high school students – an inner city athlete, a small town waitress, a Samoan warrior dancer, and the daughter of migrant field workers – who set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education. Shot over the course of three years and featuring some of our nation’s top educational experts (Richard Kahlenberg, The Century Foundation; J.B. Schramm, College Summit; Dr. Bill Tierney, University of Southern California), this documentary explores the problem of college access faced by first generation and low-income students and how their success has major implications for the future of our nation.

Our Honored Guests for the evening were Dr. Lillian M. Lowery, Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, and Neil E. Duke, Esq., Ober|Kaler and Chair of the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners.