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Schools that have implemented programs aimed at motivating youths to read, continue their studies and engage in career development early on will be saluted Tuesday during the 15th annual Riverside County Education Summit.

The six-hour event, expected to draw about 300 attendees, will be held at the Riverside Convention Center, beginning with a keynote address by BEK Impact Co. founder Barry E. Knight.

After speeches, the 2017 “Models of Academic Excellence” will be recognized by county Superintendent of Schools Judy White.

“When schools and districts are discovering new and innovative ways to help students succeed and solve vexing challenges, we have a responsibility as leaders to make sure those solutions are shared with every school and district in the county,” White said. “Every community deserves the best for their students, and we are actively encouraging all districts to consider how these highly effective programs can be adapted and integrated into their own schools.”

Programs slated for honors include:

— Riverside-based Arlanza Elementary School’s “Reading Workshop”;

— Beaumont-based Palm Elementary School’s “Mentor Program”;

— Corona-based Eleanor Roosevelt High School’s “All-Star Foster Youth Program”;

— Jurupa Unified School District’s “Student Youth Court”; and

— Jurupa Unified’s “NextGen Science Standards Program.”

The summit will also feature break-out sessions during which participants can learn more about the highlighted programs and other innovations intended to close achievement gaps and support student advancement, according to the county Office of Education.

–City News Service

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