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School of Education's Acclaimed Series "Critical Conversations in Urban Education" Returns Nov. 17

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

November 6, 2014

Join Drexel University's School of Education for an interactive event that brings together a diverse group of stakeholders to collaboratively define “urban education” and determine how a shared understanding informs the promise, potential, and possibilities for our work together within and beyond the Promise Zone surrounding Drexel. Round tables will be organized around three topics: Multiple Literacies, STEM and Common Core, and University Assisted Schools. Dr. Lori Shorr, Executive Advisor and Chief Education Officer to Mayor Michael Nutter and Dr. Nancy Butler Songer, Dean of the School of Education will offer opening and closing remarks. 

Monday, November 17, 2014
6 to 8 p.m.
Creese Student Center
George D. Behrakis Grand Hall
3210 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Refreshments will be served.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register call 215.895.6770, email, or register online.

The event will be webcast live through the website. Use this link to watch online - November 17th at 6 p.m.


" "Nancy Butler Songer, PhD,
Dean, School of Education, Drexel University

Dr. Nancy Butler Songer is known for her research into how to engage and support complex scientific reasoning among students ranging from elementary to high school ages. Her scholarship has received frequent recognition including a Presidential Faculty Fellowship awarded by President Clinton.

Previously, Songer served at University of Michigan. She was chair of the Department of Educational Studies and director of the Educational Technology Program in Michigan's School of Education, where she was a professor of science education and learning technologies. She also was director of the Center for Essential Science, a multi-disciplinary research organization addressing the underrepresentation of urban students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

She began her career at the University of Colorado’s School of Education in Boulder, after completing her doctorate in science education at the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a master’s degree in molecular and developmental biology from Tufts University and studied biology as an undergraduate at the University of California, Davis.

Lori Shorr, PhD,
Chief Education Officer, The Mayor’s Office of Education, City of Philadelphia

Dr. Lori Shorr has served as Mayor Nutter’s Chief Education Officer since he assumed office in January 2008. In addition to her role with the City of Philadelphia, Shorr has been serving as an Executive Advisor to the School District since October 2011.

Prior to taking this position, Shorr was the Special Assistant to the Secretary of Education at the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In this capacity, Shorr was responsible for the Department’s K – 16 initiatives including dual enrollment, transfer and articulation. She also led Governor Rendell’s Commission on College and Career Success and served on the Governor’s Job Ready Budget Task Force. Previously, Shorr was the Director of School and Community Partnerships in the Provost’s Office at Temple University.

As the Chief Education Officer, Shorr is responsible for building the public will and infrastructure to attain the Mayor’s educational goals. These goals are increasing the high school graduation rate to 80% by 2015 and doubling the number of residents with a 4-year degree from 18% to 36% by 2018.

Shorr was a public school parent for 13 years and Home & School President of her children’s Philadelphia public school for 3 years. She received a BA from Pennsylvania State University and an MA and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.