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Events Archive

Critical Conversations in Urban Education (CCUE)

Promise, Potential, and Possibilities: A Collaborative Conversation about Urban Education

November 17, 2014

Round tables were organized around three topics: Multiple Literacies, STEM and Common Core, and University Assisted Schools. Key takeaways were noted to represent the vibrant conversations that emerged from the diverse group of stakeholders.

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Coming of Age in Philadelphia: High School Students Debate Their Future

October 29, 2013

Talented students from the Philadelphia Scholastic Debate League discussed the relative merits of college and career readiness. Dr. Michael Nakkula, a distinguished scholar in positive youth development, explored this issue in connection to the promotion of “possibility development.”

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Igniting STEM Learning: Inspired Efforts of Teachers

October 22, 2012

An important panel discussion about the innovative work of educators in Philadelphia schools. Topics included the cultivation of life-long STEM learners, the critical role of the community in supporting STEM teaching and learning, and the urgency of placing STEM education at the forefront of educational initiatives.

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Idealism Meets Reality in Urban Education: A Screening and Discussion of The New Public

May 13, 2014

A Screening and Discussion of The New Public, a provocative documentary by Jyllian Gunther, that chronicles the educational journey of a principal, students, parents, and teachers, who were committed to creating "the ideal school.”

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Collective Impact: Acting on a Shared Vision for Urban Education

May 7, 2015

Drexel University's School of Education hosted an interactive event on an emerging strategy for change in urban education. The strategy, known as Collective Impact, provided an opportunity for individuals and organizations, who would otherwise work in isolation, to come together to achieve common goals:
  • Learn about the principles and practices of collective impact
  • Discover how collective impact is being successfully used in education
  • Network with individuals and organizations currently using the strategy to make real change in Philadelphia

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STEM Education in Urban Settings: Understanding Realities and Imagining Possibilities

April 30, 2012

This panel discussion addressed opportunities and hurdles related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curricula in urban schools. Panelists provided an overview of Pennsylvania state data, aspects of Philadelphia School District initiatives, and perspectives on how higher education partnerships can enhance STEM education for K-12 students.

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Learning Through the Arts

April 30, 2013

A panel of invited artists and scholars discussed the significance of the arts to education. There was a special performance by Danco 3 Youth Ensemble. An exhibit of art initiatives across the city was also be open to guests throughout the evening.

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Nichole D. Pinkard, PhD: Educational Technologies in a Time of Change in Urban Communities

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A recording of the event is available.

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