I will be in Washington, D.C., on Thursday for a “discussion” about education. I put the scare quotes around discussion because the schedule is jam-packed, and there won’t be enough time for any in-depth discussion of anything. But hope springs eternal.
A few things on the program of interest.
What will Rahm Emanuel say about Chicago? Will he boast about the historic day in 2013 when he closed 50 public schools in a single day, displacing thousands of African-American children?
What will Arne Duncan tell us about how federal policy can reform the schools, after seven years of trying?
I understand this two-hour event will be live-streamed and available online.
Kris Coratti, Vice President of Communications and Events, The Washington Post
4:05 p.m. Educating in America’s Urban Cores: A View from Chicago A case-study of the opportunities and challenges facing the city of Chicago’s public school system — from funding to demographics to violence in schools.
4:30 p.m. The View from the Ground: Tackling the Challenges of K-12 Schools Educators and prominent activists on the front lines of America’s K-12 classrooms offer perspectives on the social, academic, safety and resource challenges facing students and teachers, including the aftermath of this year’s nationwide teacher strikes. Speakers will also discuss how access to technology affects student learning.
4:55 p.m. The Case for Social and Emotional Learning The majority of students and young adults report that their schools are not excelling at developing their social and emotional learning (SEL) skills. This session will highlight the importance of SEL, direct from the viewpoints of today’s youth.
5:10 p.m. Education 360: Defining the Debates National education leaders debate the most pressing issues facing the U.S. education system, including school choice, standardized testing and federal, state and local funding for public schools. These experts will also discuss how well K-12 institutions are preparing students for higher education and the jobs of the future.
Diane Ravitch, PhD, Professor, New York University and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education (1991-1993) @DianeRavitch
5:35 p.m. The National Landscape: Evaluating Federal and State Education Reform Efforts Where do Washington and the states go from here on education reform? Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and former Michigan Gov. John Engler discuss the role of the federal and state governments in crafting education policy and look ahead to what’s next on the agenda for the nation.
Arne Duncan, Managing Partner, Emerson Collective and Former U.S. Secretary of Education (2009-2015) @arneduncan
John Engler, President, Michigan State University and Former Republican Governor of Michigan (1991-2003) @MSUPresEngler
Moderated by Christine Emba, Opinion Columnist and Editor, The Washington Post @ChristineEmba