First of New Series on Education Sponsored by the GSEAP Advisory Board a Big Success

Submitted by Genevieve Bleidner '13 on February 10, 2011

Earlier this month at Alumni House, Fairfield’s Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions (GSEAP) Advisory Board held a lively panel discussion on charter and magnet schools called “Schools of Hope: Reimagining Education Through Magnet and Charter Schools.”

The event was the first in a new series of discussions featuring national experts in the education field called “Community Dialogues: Conversations in Education and the Allied Professions.” The series is designed to create a public forum to engage the wider community in discussion of critical issues in the education and counseling professions.

Panelists included:

  • Alan Kramer, dean of magnet schools at Goodwin College
  • Norma Neumann-Johnson, founder of Breakthrough Magnet School in Hartford, which was awarded the 2009 “Magnet School of Excellence” and 2010 “Magnet School of Distinction”
  • Jack Hasegawa, former bureau chief at the Office of Educational Equity and a member of GSEAP Advisory Board in Curriculum and Instruction

The discussion revolved around the current crisis in education in the United States and the recent documentary film, Waiting for Superman, which proposes magnet and charter schools may be the answer.

“Energy” was a key word for each panelist as they shared how their experiences with magnet and charter schools have reshaped their ideals for education. They discussed how schools are organized, detailing the achievements and the challenges they have personally faced as educators.

The next GSEAP Community Dialogue is scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, and will feature Dr. Walter S. Gilliam, director of the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development at Yale University, who will focus on early childhood issues.

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