McLEAN, Va. -- On Friday, March 16, 2012 at 8 a.m. (ET), USA TODAY and Council of the Great City Schools will host the second annual Education Forum at USA TODAY headquarters in McLean, Virginia. Geena Davis, Academy Award-Winning Actor and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, will keynote this year's event around the theme "Unite to Make a Difference."
The invitation-only event will feature more than a dozen superintendents from across the country partnered with influential business leaders, members of the media and other top leaders in education to address the successes and challenges that face America's urban schools. The Forum's presenting sponsors are StateFarm and Microsoft Partners in Learning.
WHO: USA TODAY and Council of the Great City Schools
WHAT: The Education Forum will bring together USA TODAY and the nation's leading urban educators to address the successes and challenges that face America's urban schools.
WHEN: Friday March 16, 2012. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
WHERE: The USA TODAY headquarters is located at 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA 22108. Please visit www.usatodayeducate.com/unite to learn more about USA TODAY's education initiatives and partners or view a live webcast of the event.
CONTACT: For admittance, information or to schedule an interview with:
- Michael Casserly, executive director, Council of the Great City Schools;
- Diane Barrett, vice president of National Retail Sales & Strategy, Gannett Publishing Services & vice president of education, USA TODAY;
- Nnamdi Asomugha, cornerback, Philadelphia Eagles;
Please contact: Erica McDonald for USA TODAY at: 646.202.9784 or Erica.firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see below the full agenda for this event:
Debby Dodge, senior director of education, USA TODAY
Winston Brooks, chair of Board of Directors, Council of the Great City Schools and Superintendent of Albuquerque Public Schools
Steps to Build Support for Urban School Students
Michael Casserly, executive director, Council of the Great City Schools
Panel Discussion: What's Needed to Improve, Support and Report Achievement in Urban Education?
Moderator: Dave Hunke, president and publisher, USA TODAY
Panelists: Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol Johnson, Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Mary Ronan, District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, Fresno Unified School District Superintendent Michael Hanson, Hillsborough County (Tampa) Public Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia, Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Eugene White
Q&A moderated by Candy Olson, chair, Hillsborough County School Board
The End of Wonder in the Age of Whatever
Michael Wesch, associate professor of Cultural Anthropology and Digital Ethnography, Kansas State University
Luncheon guest speaker: Tracey Holmes, director, NFL & Strategic Partnerships, United Way Worldwide
Nnamdi Asomugha, cornerback, Philadelphia Eagles
Geena Davis, Academy Award-winning actor and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
1. How Can Technology Help Urban Students Advance?
Moderated by Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and
Siegfried Behrens, general manager of US Education, Microsoft
2. How Do You Harness Resources to Support Teaching and Learning in the Nation's Major Cities to combat the Drop Out rate?
Moderated by Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Jean-Claude Brizard, Kathy Payne, senior director of Education Leadership, State Farm and Mary Wong, president, Office Depot Foundation
3. How Do You Gain a Fair and Balanced View of Urban Students and Schools?
Moderated by Winston Brooks and Brent Jones, director of standards & staffing administration, USA TODAY
Breakout session reports
Moderator: Dave Hunke
Diane Barrett, vice president of National Retail Sales & Strategy, Gannett Publishing Services & vice president of education, USA TODAY
/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- March 12, 2012/
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