Three Loyola University Maryland education faculty, including Peter C. Murrell, Jr., Ph.D., founding dean of Loyola’s School of Education, will present “The State of Urban Education in America: An Overview,” on Monday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. at Barclay Elementary School at 2900 Barclay Street in Baltimore. Murrell will be joined by Stephanie Flores-Koulish, Ph.D., and Robert Simmons, Ed.D., co-directors of the School’s Center for Innovation in Urban Education. Refreshments will be served.
Their presentation marks the opening of “School Daze: Five Conversations on Urban Education in the Nation, in the City, and in the Neighborhood,” a series sponsored by the Village Parents, a new parents’ organization in Baltimore’s Charles Village neighborhood, in partnership with Loyola’s School of Education, the Greater Homewood Community Corporation, and Barclay and Margaret Brent Elementary Schools. The series will feature local educational experts discussing the academic and social issues facing today’s urban schools.
The Feb. 22 event will consider the implications of federal academic policies for both urban students and their suburban counterparts, and why city schools may often suffer more from problems of perception rather than actual deficiencies in content.
The series continues with the following events:
- Monday, March 22: “What the Past Can Teach Us Now: The Transformation of Public Schools in Baltimore City,” presented by Karen Cook and Jo Ann Robinson of the Barclay-Brent Education Corporation; Gertrude Williams, former principal of Barclay Elementary School; and Mariale Hardiman, interim dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Education and former principal of Roland Park Elementary School; 7 p.m.; Margaret Brent Elementary School, 100 East 26th Street in Baltimore.
- Monday, April 26: “Let’s Hear it for the Kids: An Introduction to Special Projects for Students in Baltimore,” presented by members of the Algebra Project and the Urban Debate League; 7 p.m., Barclay Elementary School.
- Monday, May 17: “Project-Based, Thematic Curriculum: What is it and What Does it Mean for Your Child?” presented by Bobbi MacDonald, president and founder of City Neighbors Charter School, and Karen DeCamp, director of neighborhood programs for the Greater Homewood Community Corporation; 7 p.m., Margaret Brent Elementary School.
- Monday, June 14: “Read Between the Lines: Early Literacy Programs,” presented by Susan Lattimore, reading intervention specialist for Project I.D. in the Baltimore City Public Schools; 7 p.m.; Margaret Brent Elementary School.
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