Summit to focus on teacher quality and early childhood education

A summit on improving teacher quality and early childhood education will occur Thursday in downtown Atlanta at the GTRI Conference Center, 250 14th Street.

Attendance at the day-long event costs $50. Speakers include Kate Walsh, president of the National Council on Teacher Quality; Jim Squires, senior research fellow at the National Institute for Early Childhood Education; and Anu Partanen, a New York-based Finnish journalist.

The host is GeorgiaForward, a non-partisan, nonprofit group. The event is presented by Georgia-Pacific and sponsored by IBM, The Finnish American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeast Inc., Central Atlanta Progress, the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, Georgia Foundation for Public Education and Young Professionals for Education Equity.

The summit precedes GeorgiaForward's annual forum, to be held Sept. 12 and 13 in Athens with a focus on statewide prosperity in the global economy. Information: