Geoffrey Canada to Speak at 20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference!

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September 7, 2012 CCSA is proud to announce that the nationally known author, children's advocate and founder and CEO of Harlem Children's Zone, Geoffrey Canada will be speaking at the 20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference being held March 11-14, 2013 in San Diego, CA.

In his 20-plus years with Harlem Children's Zone, Inc., Geoffrey Canada has become nationally recognized for his pioneering work helping children and families in Harlem and as a passionate advocate for education reform. The work of Canada and HCZ has become a national model and has been the subject of many profiles in the media. Their work has been featured on 60 Minutes, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, CBS This Morning, The Charlie Rose Show, and NPR's "On Point," as well in articles in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, USA Today, and Newsday. Most recently, Canada can be seen prominently featured in the Davis Guggenheim documentary Waiting for "Superman."

Canada grew up in the South Bronx in a poor, sometimes violent neighborhood. Despite his troubled surroundings, he was able to succeed academically, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College and a master's in education from the Harvard School of Education. After graduating from Harvard, Canada decided to work to help children who, like himself, were disadvantaged by their lives in poor, embattled neighborhoods.

Drawing upon his own childhood experiences and those at the Harlem Children's Zone, he wrote Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America and Reaching Up for Manhood: Transforming the Lives of Boys in America. In its review of Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America, Publishers Weekly said, "a more powerful depiction of the tragic life of urban children and a more compelling plea to end 'America's war against itself' cannot be imagined."

The National Book Award-winning author Jonathan Kozol has called Canada, "One of the best friends children have, or ever will have, in our nation."

Don't miss your opportunity to hear this powerful speaker - Register NOW for the 20th Annual California Charter Schools Conference & Anniversary Celebration! CCSA's Back to School Registration Special--a Super Low Rate is Only Available for Only a Few More Weeks! www.charterconference.org