Community Leadership Center to Host Symposia Series on Education Equity and Transformation of Schools

The Community Leadership Center at Rutgers University–Camden will host a two-part symposia series exploring education equity and the transformation of schools.

capture-20150112-161009-featureThe symposia series, which is free of charge and open to the general public, will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room on the main level of the Campus Center.

“Education of American children in urban settings is at a crossroads as local schools, elected officials, government, foundations and parents are looking at how to best educate children for an increasingly competitive global economic landscape,” says Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, a Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers–Camden. “Urban education has to adapt to new and rigorous standards, compounded by issues of poverty, which affect a child’s ability to learn in a creative and respectful environment.”

The first session, titled “Preparing for PARCC: Challenges and Opportunities using the Common Core Standards,” will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 23.

This session will provide context and guidance for schools to prepare for the annual Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam using the Common Core Standards framework. Panelists will offer guidance on how to prepare administrators, teachers and students for PARCC and instilling a culture of learning. These experts will examine the challenges and opportunities that schools have in incorporating standards and assessments into the learning environment.

Mark Aronson

Mark Aronson

The panelists are Marc Aronson, assistant teaching professor of library and information science at Rutgers University–New Brunswick; Tracey Severns, director of student performance for the Mt. Olive School District, and Raymond Yannuzzi, president of Camden County College.

The second session, titled “How to Build a Successful School Culture for Teaching and Learning,” will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 13.

This session will focus on the roles school leaders play in developing and sustaining school cultures that are conducive to academic excellence. The panelists will consider how schools can create structures beyond the classroom that involve all stakeholders and promote an environment supportive of the success of every single student. A panel of experts will lay out their vision and share their experiences in how to best lead meaningful change in teaching and learning practices.

The panelists are Evelyn Nuñez, chief academic officer for LEAP Academy University Charter School in Camden; Kelly Davenport, head of school for Freire Charter School in Philadelphia, and Sean Gallagher, deputy superintendent of school support for Camden City Public Schools.

For more information or to register, contact Matthew Closter at or (856) 225-6923.

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