Thursday, August 25, 2011

It’s Back to School We Go

By Annmarie Dean

Ever since I was little, I’ve always looked forward to the first day of school. Few things are better than that crisp day greeted by fall colors, the smell of expired leaves falling from their trees, and the late summer sun rising to say, “Good morning.” I’m convinced the first day of school has such a specific touch, taste, feel, smell, and even sound.

With September right around the corner (crazy, I know!), it’s a reminder that we should be thinking about schools, education, test scores, and funding.

From Monday, August 29 through Thursday, September 1, WNED-AM 970 will broadcast their Back to School Series at 1 p.m. during Forum. This interview-lecture format allows top education leaders to dive deep into the topic of education reform.

The line-up for next week’s Forum looks like this:

8/29 - Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach for America, draws from the experiences of the organization’s teachers and alumni to discuss the success in a growing number of classrooms in low-income communities.  



8/30 - Michelle Rhee, founder of StudentsFirst, discusses her philosophy that students from any background can achieve success and that schools can become the educational hubs that children deserve.


8/31 - Arthur Levine, president of
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (and UB alumni), examines the need for the educational system to adapt to new ways of learning from new media while having less family and social resources than ever before.

9/1 - Rhee and Sacramento mayor, Kevin Johnson, consider the challenges facing schools today. Rhee calls for elected officials and the press to fuel legislation change, while Johnson is committed to strategically drive education reform.

Make sure to listen in! Whether you are a parent or not, it is important that we all take the time to invest in the future of our nation’s students because a good education is the key to a successful generation of citizens.

What are your feelings on education reform? Feel free to comment below.

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