Rescheduled: Education Forums, Sept. 2018

Aug 10, 2018

90.5 WESA will host a series of forums on topics related to elementary and secondary education in Western PA . Originally scheduled for Tuesday evenings in August, they have been rescheduled to begin on September 4.

The four events are free and open to the public, and will be recorded for future broadcast and-or digital presentation at wesa.fm. Because space is limited, we ask those wishing to attend to reserve a seat using the links below. The events will be held at the Pittsburgh Community Broadcast Center, 67 Bedford Square, Pittsburgh PA 15203. 

This series of events and 90.5 WESA’s coverage of education in western Pennsylvania are generously supported by The Grable Foundation.

Sep. 4, 2018: Schools & Immigration - Reserve a seat
Doors at 6:30, panel begins at 7

Hosted by 90.5 WESA Race, Identity and Equity Reporter Virginia Alvino Young.
What are the needs of immigrant and refugee students in Western PA? What challenges do their families face? What is a school's responsibility in regard to educating immigrant students? How can schools better support immigrant students?

Panelists:

Jenna Baron, Executive Director of Alliance for Refugee Youth Support & Education.

Betty Cruz, Founder of Change Agency

Jackie Perlow of Education Law Center of PA

Nichole Rojas, ESL K-12 Program Specialist, Moon Area School District 

Sep. 11, 2018: How Do We Prepare Today's Learners for Future Jobs? - Reserve a seat
Doors at 6:30, panel begins at 7
Hosted by 90.5 WESA Education Reporter Sarah Schneider. Panelists TBA.
With so much emphasis on making, educators are concerned that istricts will funnel funding to STEM and forget the humanities. The push for maker spaces in schoos was fueled by fear of not knowing what future jobs will be. Educators decided that critical thinking was the most important skill to buid and translate to many fields. What other ways should we prepare learners who don't show an interest in coding or making? 

Sep. 18, 2018: School Choice - Reserve a seat
Doors at 6:30, panel begins at 7
Hosted by 90.5 WESA All Things Considered Host Christopher Ayers. Panelists TBA.
A look into the future of school choice in PA and how the school savings account bill could drastically change choice.

September 25, 2018: School Safety - Reserve a seat
Doors at 6:30, panel begins at 7
Hosted by 90.5 WESA Education Reporter, Sarah Schneider. Panelists TBA.
What measures do schools take to keep students and communities safe? What are the unintended consequences of changed or increased security? What is the difference between protection and policing? What are school police officers meant to do?