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2018-2019 Dean's Lecture Series Event Schedule

Dean's Lecture Series

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
10:00 am - 11:30 am

"Practical Aspects of Leadership in Education"

Stan Silverman, Vice Chairman, Drexel University Board of Trustees
Stan Silverman, Vice Chairman of Drexel University’s Board of Trustees will give an in-depth presentation on the principles of leadership. As a former CEO and board member for numerous organizations, Silverman brings a unique perspective on leadership and how to cultivate success.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
10:00 am - 11:30 am

"A Conversation with Superintendent Dr. William Hite"

Dr. William Hite, Superintendent, School District of Philadelphia

Dr. William Hite, Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia will visit Drexel University’s School of Education for an open conversation on public education in the City of Brotherly Love. This is an excellent opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to “pick the brain” of the head of one of the nation’s largest and most diverse school districts.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
10:00 am - 11:30 am

One Drexel Plaza (3025 Market st.) Room 004 or online at

Andrea Custis, President and CEO of the Urban League of Philadelphia

Andrea Custis is President and CEO of the Urban League of Philadelphia, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of African-Americans living in Philadelphia through education, workforce development, entrepreneurship,housing, and health and wellness programs.

Thursday, March 28, 2019
10:00 am - 11:30 am

One Drexel Plaza (3025 Market st.) Room 004 or online at

"How to Equip Teachers for the Pace of Change"

Jane Oates, President, Working Nation
Jane Oates is President of Working Nation, a national non-profit organization committed to informing the public of the looming unemployment crisis in the US and leading a widespread movement to overcome the crisis through storytelling. Her presentation looks at the growing role of technology in today's classrooms and how teacher's can harness the latest educational tools to thrive in their careers.

Thursday, April 25, 2019
10:00 am - 11:30 am

One Drexel Plaza (3025 Market st.) Room 004 or online at

Dr. Robbin Smart, Executive Director, Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia

Dr. Robbin Smart is the Executive Director of Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia, an academic enrichment program that builds a path from middle school to college graduation for underserved students from Philadelphia’s public, parochial, and charter schools.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Pedro Rivera, Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Pedro Rivera, the Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will pay a special visit to Drexel University to speak to students, faculty, and staff to give his insight and perspective on issues in education.