North Carolina’s public schools boast an abundance of riches. Yet, we all know there’s always room for continuous improvement. How can we keep our public schools strong?
Find out on Saturday, May 3rd, when Public Schools First NC, a nonpartisan organization focused solely on public education issues, will host its first statewide forum, Keeping North Carolina Public Schools Strong, to be held at the McKimmon Center at NC State University in Raleigh.
The focus of the forum is an exploration of issues, innovations, and solutions that can help to strengthen North Carolina’s public schools. We’ve enlisted the help of an outstanding group of education experts so we can listen, learn, ask questions, get answers, and then roll up our sleeves.
Registration and coffee will begin at 8:00am. The forum will run from 9:00am – 3:00pm and will be held at NC State’s McKimmon Center in Raleigh.
The program will include:
- Legislative Roundtable featuring Senator Josh Stein, Representative Rosa Gill and Representative Paul Stam (sponsored by Great Schools in Wake)
- Keynote Address: David Kirp, a former newspaper editor and policy consultant as well as an academic. Kirp is the author of Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for American Schools – just named winner of the 2014 American Educational Research Association’s Outstanding Book Award
- Three panels that will cover: effective and innovative programming, the characteristics of a high-quality teaching environment, and adequate funding and accountability
To learn more and to register, please visit: http://www.publicschoolsfirstnc.org/2014/03/11/may3forum/
Other forum participants will include:
- Suzzette Acree, Teacher, Wake County Public Schools
- Barnett Barry, CEO, Center for Teaching Quality
- Nora Carr, Chief of Staff, Guilford County Schools
- Karyn Dickerson, NC Teacher of the Year
- Edward Fiske, education writer and consultant, former education editor, New York Times
- Minnie Forte-Brown, Vice Chair, Durham Public Schools
- Tony Habit, President, North Carolina New Schools
- Mike Ward, President of The MEWs Educational Consulting, Inc. and former State Superintendent of Public Instruction of North Carolina
- Mark Jewell, Vice President, North Carolina Association of Educators
- Helen Ladd, Distinguished Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
- Keith Poston, President and Executive Director, Public School Forum of NC
- Philip Price, Chief Financial Officer, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
- David Reese, President and CEO, East Durham Children’s Initiative
- Joel Rosch, Senior Research Scholar, Center For Child and Family Policy, Duke University