Crisis and Hope: Transforming America's Urban Schools

May 5, 2010
Crisis and Hope event flyer

The James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, along with New Jersey’s E3 (Excellent Education for Everyone), the Princeton area’s Citizens for Successful Schools, and Princeton University’s Students for Education Reform, is hosting a one-day conference on America’s urban education crisis, addressing the problem of urban education in its full breadth: school failure and its implications; research and practice on the most promising remedies; and the political, social, and economic barriers to implementing effective change.

Welcome
Bradford P. Wilson, Executive Director, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University

Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Conference Moderator
Dr. Therman E. Evans, Former Member, Washington DC Board of Education

Keynote Address: Challenges to Education Reform in New Jersey
Bret Schundler, Commissioner of Education for the State of New Jersey

Panel I: A Fight for the Future: Failing Schools and Their Effects on Our Society
Panelists: Dr. Marcus A. Winters, Senior Fellow, The Manhattan Institute
Martin Perez, Esq., President, Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey
Dana Rone, Educational Activist, Former School Board Member, Newark, NJ
Chair: Peter Denton, Founder and Chairman, Excellent Education for Everyone (E3) Break

Panel II: The Politics of Urban Schools
Featuring Remarks by Dr. Cornel West, Class of 1943, University Professor, Center for African American Studies, Princeton University
Panelists: Joe Williams, Executive Director, Democrats for Education Reform
Rev. Reginald T. Jackson, Executive Director, Black Ministers’ Council of New Jersey
Patricia Bombelyn, Esq., Co-Counsel for the Plaintiffs in Crawford v. Davy
Chair: Dr. Therman E. Evans, Conference Moderator

Panel lII: How Can We Improve Our Failing Schools?
Panelists: Ryan Hill, Founder and Executive Director, TEAM Charter Schools (KIPP in Newark)
Dr. Marc Porter Magee, Chief Operating Offi cer, Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCan)
Chair: Derrell Bradford, Executive Director, Excellent Education for Everyone (E3)
Closing Remarks: Dr. Therman E. Evans, Conference Moderator

Video:

Keynote: Challenges to Education Reform in New Jersey

Failing Schools and Their Effects on Our Society

The Politics of Urban Schools

How Can We Improve Our Failing Schools?

Location:

Frist Campus Center 302

Cosponsored by:

  • Excellent Education for Everyone (E3)
  • Citizens for Successful Schools
  • Students for Education Reform, Princeton University