What's Next? Responses to the 2012 Election

Oct 26, 2012 - 01:00 PM by CES

Who: James P. Comer, Judith Browne-Dianis, Pedro A. Noguera, Warren Simmons, George Wood
What: Panel Discussion:  What’s Next?  Responses to the 2012 Election
When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM   Friday November 9, 2012
Where: Gymnasium, The Met School, 325 Public St., Providence, RI

The great education policy debate swirls around standardized testing, common core standards, No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, charters, vouchers, and the role and reach of teachers in determining classroom content.  What does our nation of educators, students and families have to look forward to after the votes are counted?  Who will occupy the Oval Office and how will he address education policy?

The Coalition of Essential Schools Fall Forum 2012 is pleased to present a distinguished panel whose expertise in education practice, research and policy promise a provocative discussion on the future of national education policy.  What’s Next? Responses to the 2012 Election with panelists James P. Comer, Judith Browne-Dianis, Pedro Noguera, Warren Simmons, George Wood will take place Friday, November 9 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in the Met School Gymnasium in Providence, RI. This event is open to the public and co-sponsored by the Forum for Education and Democracy and the Annenberg Institute for Education Reform.

Dr. James P. Comer is the Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine’s Child Study Center where he has been a medical faculty member since 1968. Concentrating his career on promoting a focus on child development as a way of improving schools, Dr. Comer founded the Comer School Development Program which has been used in more than 500 schools in the United States. The program promotes collaboration among parents, educators and community to improve social, emotional and academic outcomes for children. Dr. Comer has written many books, served on countless boards, consulted with The Children’s Television Workshop and received 47 honorary degrees in addition to the ones he holds from Indiana, Howard, University of Michigan and Yale. Dr. Comer has been recognized time and time again for demonstrating the highest commitment to access and excellence in American education.

Judith Browne-Dianis, co-director of The Advancement Project, is a prominent civil rights litigator and staunch racial justice advocate in the areas of voting, education, housing and immigrants’ rights.  She is the author of Opportunities Suspended and Derailed:  The Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track , a groundbreaking report on suspensions and the school-to-prison-pipeline.  She serves on the board of FairTest, the Board of Advisors for New York City’s Young Men’s Initiative and is a founding convener of The Forum for Education and Democracy.  Essence Magazine named Browne-Dianis one of “Thirty Women to Watch” and she appears frequently on MSNBC and CNN to comment on race and civil rights issues.   During this election, she has crisscrossed the nation championing voters’ rights and challenging Voter ID laws.

Pedro Antonio Noguera is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University.  Dr. Noguera is an urban sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions in the urban environment.  Dr.Noguera has written many books, hundreds of articles and writes weekly for Education Week’s Bridging Differences blog. He is the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, the co-director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings and recently helped Pittsburgh devise and implement an equity plan for their public schools.  A convener with The Forum for Education and Democracy, Dr. Noguera was educated at Brown University and the University of California at Berkeley.  He has been a professor at Harvard, Berkeley and NYU and a public school classroom teacher in Providence, RI and Oakland, Ca.

Warren Simmons is the Executive Director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Master’s Program in Urban Education Policy at Brown where he team-teaches a course in Urban Systems and Structure. Before joining the Institute in 1998, he was founding director of the Philadelphia Education Fund, a local reform support organization that helped the School District of Philadelphia to fund, develop, and implement new academic standards, content-based professional development, standards-based curriculum resources, and comprehensive school reform, as part of the Children Achieving reform agenda. Previously, at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, he developed and funded initiatives on community development and urban school reform. He  served as director of equity initiatives for the New Standards Project and as special assistant to the superintendent of schools in Prince George’s County, Maryland, where he planned and implemented district-wide initiatives designed to improve the achievement of traditionally underserved students.

George H. Wood , the Superintendent of Federal Hocking Local Schools and Principal of Federal Hocking High School in Stewart, Ohio also serves as the Executive Director of The Forum for Education and Democracy and the President of the Board of The Coalition of Essential Schools.  Dr. Wood's 30-year career in public education includes work as a classroom teacher, school board member, professor of education, and school principal. He is the Founding Director of Wildwood Secondary School in Los Angeles and has served as principal of Federal Hocking for 18 years. Federal Hocking is a rural school in Appalachian Ohio which has been recognized as a Coalition of Essential Schools Mentor School, a First Amendment School, and as one of America's 100 Best by Readers' Digest.  He authored former Ohio governor Ted Strickland's K-12 Education Transition Paper as well as the books Schools That Work, Time to Learn, and Many Children Left Behind (ed. with Deborah Meier)

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