Seattle U Hosts National Education Panel

The panel of six will discuss the state of education and issues around reform
By Paula Hermann

Seattle University’s College of Education will top off its three-part series of conversation on the challenges associated with education reform in the United States, by hosting a national panel of education experts next month,including:  

  • Chester Finn, Jr., one of the country’s leading education policy analysts, President of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and Sr. Editor of Education Next 
  • Nicolas Hanauer, local venture capitalist active in Washington state’s public education system, philanthropist and founder of the League of Education Voters 
  • Kati Haycock, one of the nation’s leading education advocates, President of the Education Trust and former executive vice president of the Children’s Defense Fund  
  • Dr. Tyrone Howard, UCLA professor and author of, Why Race and Culture Matter in Schools: Closing the Achievement Gap in America’s Classrooms 
  • Dr. Denise Pope, prominent Stanford education researcher, founder of Challenge Success and featured in the film, Race to Nowhere 
  • The Rev. Al Sharpton, nationally renowned civil rights activist, partner in the Education Equality Project and most recently, teamed up with President Obama to take aim at inequality in education 

Dr. Joseph Scott, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at University of Washington, will moderate. A local response will be provided by Jennifer Wallace, Executive Director of the Professional Educators Standards Board of Washington State and Seattle U alumnus Dr. Gil Mendoza, superintendent of Sumner Public School District. 

“A Jesuit, Catholic campus is a perfect place for divergent voices to talk about an issue that has many different constituencies discussing a wide variety of solutions,” said Sue Schmitt, Dean of the College of Education. “There have been multiple national debates about education reform recently, and we are pleased to bring these high caliber national voices into the conversation in Seattle.”  

WHAT: The College of Education has compiled a national panel of educators, scholars, advocates, policy makers and political activists for its capstone event in its Conversation Education series.  

WHEN: Monday, May 9, 2011  
             7-9 p.m.    

WHERE: Seattle University, Campion Ballroom 
             914 E. Jefferson St. (media entrance on James St.)    

**MEDIA INTERVIEWS: The panelists and Dean Sue Schmitt will be available for interviews on campus from 4-4:45 p.m. on the event day.  Call media contact for room location. 

The panel is the final of three events in the seriesConversation Education: Stimulating the Dialogue. Changing the Future.The College of Education’s purpose of hosting the series is to begin a local dialogue on current issues and education reform. The series began in January with a screening of the film, Race To Nowhere, followed by a presentation of the movie, Waiting for Superman in March.  

Admission is free, but advanced reservations are required due to limited seating. For tickets and more information, please click here.                                                           



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