Local and national education experts will gather at Loyola University Maryland on Sept. 22, 2011 for “The Impact of Poverty on Education,” the fifth event in the Baltimore Curriculum Project’s Leading Minds series. The forum, co-hosted by Loyola’s School of Education and Urbanite magazine, will take place from 4-7 p.m. in McGuire Hall on the University’s North Charles Street campus. Doors open at 3 p.m. with a reception and networking session featuring 11 organizations that are responsible for education initiatives throughout the Baltimore area.
Panelists include Peter C. Murrell, Jr., Ph.D., professor of urban education at Loyola’s School of Education; Jane Quinn, vice president and director of the National Center for Community Schools at the Children’s Aid Society; and Heather B. Weiss, Ph.D., founder and director of the Harvard Family Research Project and senior research associate and lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Marc Steiner, host of “The Marc Steiner Show” on Baltimore’s WEAA 88.9 FM, will moderate the discussion.
Part of an ongoing series of events designed to engage local stakeholders in public education in discussions of controversial topics that relate directly to improving K-12 education, this panel will consider why poverty has such a detrimental impact on academic achievement and what schools can do to mitigate that impact.
This year’s forum will feature breakout sessions to equip the more than 300 expected attendees with action items that will help them make a difference in their own communities. Facilitators of those breakout groups include the panelists and moderator, along with Muriel Berkeley, Ph.D., president of the Baltimore Curriculum Project; Greg Hanscom, editor-in-chief of Urbanite; and Tracy Ward, publisher of Urbanite.
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, visit http://bcp.eventbrite.com, email email@example.com, or for more information call Larry Schugam at 410-675-7000 x17 or visit www.baltimorecp.org/leadingminds/.
The Baltimore Curriculum Project (BCP) manages a network of neighborhood charter schools in East Baltimore. BCP utilizes research-based instructional methods, customized professional development, performance monitoring, and other key supports to transform underperforming, high poverty schools into successful charter schools.
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