JCC Conversations: 2011 - 2014

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The Learning Matters JCC Conversation series, hosted at the JCC in Manhattan from 2011-2014, produced a number of lively discussions with some of education’s biggest leaders:
 


April 4, 2014: The Smartest Kids in the World: A Conversation with Amanda Ripley

Author and Time journalist Amanda Ripley provides an evening of insight into the global education scene and a closer look at the handful of nations that are succeeding at teaching their children better than ever. The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way is a New York Times’ bestseller and was selected by The Economist, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Amazon.com as one of the Best Books of 2013. Amanda talks about what our country and our families need to do to compete in this new global reality.

Amanda RipleyAmanda Ripley is an investigative journalist for Time, The Atlantic and other magazines. She is the author, most recently, of The Smartest Kids in the World–and How They Got That Way, a New York Times bestseller. Her first book, The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes–and Why, was published in 15 countries and turned into a PBS documentary. For Time and The Atlantic, she has written cover stories on the primacy of sports in American high schools, the college of the future and the science of motivating children. She has visited schools on four continents and interviewed hundreds of kids, teachers and parents.

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February 26, 2014: Reign of Error: An Evening with Diane Ravitch

John Merrow converses with one of the foremost authorities on education in the United States, Dr. Diane Ravitch. Admired by legions of teachers, Ravitch’s blog is one of education’s best-read, with over 9,000,000 page views. While once supporting President H. W. Bush’s education reform policies when she served as Assistant Secretary of Education, she’s now an outspoken critic of No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top. She and John Merrow discuss her political awakening, and her newest book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools.

Diane RavitchDiane Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at New York University and a historian of education. She blogs at dianeravitch.net. From 1991 to 1993, she was Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. She was responsible for the Office of Educational Research and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education. She was appointed by the Clinton administration’s Secretary of Education Richard Riley in 1997 and reappointed by him in 2001. She is the author of 11 books about education, and has edited 14 books and written more than 500 articles and reviews for scholarly and popular publications.

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December 11, 2013: Bully: A Conversation with Lee Hirsch

Lee Hirsch, founder of The BULLY Project, has sparked a national movement to stop bullying. He is transforming kids’ lives and changing a culture of bullying into one of empathy and action, with a goal of reaching over 10 million kids.

Lee HirschLee Hirsch is a documentary filmmaker. Hirsch wrote and directed the documentary Amandla!: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony. The film, which is about the history of South African musical heroes, went on to win several awards. Hirsch gained attention for his documentary Bully, which he directed, produced and wrote. This notable documentary is about bullying in schools across America and has gone on to win Best Picture at the 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival, as well as both the Best Film and Audience Award at the 2011 Bergen International Film Festival.

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April 9, 2013: A 21st Century Education with Sal Khan

Sal Khan, the Founder and Executive Director of Khan Academy, talks about education in the 21st Century.

Sal KhanSal Khan is an American educator, entrepreneur, and former hedge fund analyst. He is the founder of the Khan Academy, a free online education platform and nonprofit organization. Khan has produced more than 4,300 video lessons teaching a wide spectrum of academic subjects, mainly focusing on mathematics and the sciences. As of December 2013, the Khan Academy channel on YouTube attracted 1,553,000 subscribers and the Khan Academy videos have been viewed over 334 million times. In 2012, Time named Salman Khan in its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

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February 20, 2013: Are Our Boys In Crisis?

Faced with educational challenges and unique developmental changes, boys are falling behind. Author of Why Boys Fail, Richard Whitmire and Dr. Perri Klass, Professor of Journalism and Pediatrics at New York University, discuss the problems boys face and what schools and parents can do to ensure their happiness and success.

Richard WhitmireRichard Whitmire, a veteran newspaper reporter and former editorial writer at USA Today, is the author of The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation’s Worst School District (Jossey Bass: February 8, 2011). He is also the author of Why Boys Fail (AMACOM: January 2010), which explores why boys are falling behind in K-12 schools. He writes the Why Boys Fail blog for Education Week and comments on urban school reform issues at thebeeeater.com.

Dr. Perri Klass

Dr. Perri Klass is a pediatrician and writer. She is well known for her writing about the issues of women in medicine, about relationships between doctors and patients, and about children and literacy. She is the author of both fiction and nonfiction. Dr. Klass is Professor of Journalism and Pediatrics at New York University, and Medical Director of Reach Out and Read, a national childhood literacy program. She is a member of the National Advisory Council of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and has been nominated by the President of the United States to the Advisory Board of the National Institute For Literacy.

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December 5, 2012: Teaching Character: A Conversation with Paul Tough, Dominic Randolph, and Dave Levin

Can schools and parents teach grit? Three pioneering minds discuss the importance of educating children with skills like perseverance and optimism, and explain how these characteristics relate to the success and happiness of our children.

Dominic RandolphPaul Tough is the author, most recently, of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, a New York Times best seller that has been translated into 22 languages. His first book, Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America, was published in 2008. Paul is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, where he has written extensively about education, parenting, poverty, and politics.

Dominic Dominic RandolphRandolph became the sixth head of the Riverdale Country School in 2007. Riverdale is a pre-K through grade 12 independent school of 1,100 students in New York City. Previously, Randolph served in the capacity of assistant headmaster at the Lawrenceville School and has worked in a variety of teaching and administrative roles in schools in Europe and the Middle East.
 

Dave LevinDave Levin is a native of New York City. After graduating from Yale University, Dave joined Teach For America and taught fifth grade in Houston, Texas for three years. In 1994, he co-founded the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) with Mike Feinberg and won the Jefferson Award for outstanding community service for the city of Houston. In 1995, he co-founded KIPP Academy in the South Bronx, a public middle school. Dave currently serves as the superintendent of KIPP NYC, serves on the board of directors of the KIPP Foundation, and plays an active role in the day-to-day leadership of the KIPP Foundation.

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October 24, 2012: Life in Education’s Hot Seat

In New York public education, the buck stops with Dr. Merryl Tisch, the Chancellor of the state’s Board of Regents. Chancellor Tisch is responsible for setting graduation standards and balancing demands for greater accountability and more. It’s a political job that comes with pressure and criticism, and a strong leader like Chancellor Tisch is certain to displease some along the way. A rare opportunity to hear from the Chancellor about the State’s struggles, victories and plans for the future.

Merryl TischMerryl Tisch was appointed to the New York State Board of Regents on April 1, 1996 and reelected to five-year terms on April 1, 2001, April 1, 2006 and April 1, 2011. She was elected Vice Chancellor by her colleagues effective April 1, 2007, was elected Chancellor by her colleagues effective April 1, 2009 and re-elected to a three year term effective April 1, 2010. Chancellor Tisch brings to her appointment many years of experience in the fields of education, community service, and philanthropy.

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May 2, 2012: A Conversation with Joel Klein

Former Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education Joel Klein discusses education. A hard-charging former Assistant US Attorney and publishing executive, Klein fought his toughest battles during his eight-year tenure as Chancellor, pushing for more accountability in our city schools.

Joel Klein

Joel Klein currently serves as CEO of the Educational Division and Executive Vice President, Office of the Chairman, at News Corporation. Prior to that, Mr. Klein was Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education where he oversaw a system of over 1,600 schools with 1.1 million students, 136,000 employees and a $22 billion budget. He launched Children First in 2002, a comprehensive reform strategy that has brought coherence and capacity to the system and resulted in significant increases in student performance.

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December 14, 2011: Unions and the Future of Our Schools: A Conversation with Randi Weingarten

Labor lawyer, former President of United Teachers Federation and current President of American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten discusses the challenging terrain of our public education system.

Randi Weingarten

Randi Weingarten is president of the 1.4-million-member American Federation of Teachers (AFT), AFL-CIO, which represents teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and staff; nurses and other healthcare professionals; local, state and federal employees; and early childhood educators. She was elected in July 2008, following 11 years of service as an AFT vice president.

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September 21, 2011: Charter Schools: The Change Our System Needs?

Eva Moskowitz, Founder and CEO of Harlem Success Academy, and Dave Levin, Superintendent and Co-Founder, KIPP NYC, join John for a discussion about the charter school movement.

Eva MoskowitzEva Moskowitz is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Success Charter Network, which opens and manages charter schools in New York City. In August 2006, Moskowitz founded Harlem Success Academy, hailed by NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein as “one of the best charter schools in the country,” and cited by NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg for its “amazing performance.” Moskowitz has since opened six more Success Academies, which serve over 2500 children in Harlem and the South Bronx.

Dave LevinDave Levin is a native of New York City. After graduating from Yale University, Dave joined Teach For America and taught fifth grade in Houston, Texas for three years. In 1994, he co-founded the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) with Mike Feinberg and won the Jefferson Award for outstanding community service for the city of Houston. In 1995, he co-founded KIPP Academy in the South Bronx, a public middle school. Dave currently serves as the superintendent of KIPP NYC, serves on the board of directors of the KIPP Foundation, and plays an active role in the day-to-day leadership of the KIPP Foundation.

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June 13, 2011: The Future of Teaching: Wendy Kopp and John Merrow in Conversation

Wendy Kopp, CEO and founder of Teach For America, and John Merrow, veteran PBS and NPR education correspondent, discuss the profession of teaching, charter schools and education reform.

Wendy KoppWendy Kopp is the chief executive officer and founder of Teach For America, whose mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting the nation’s most promising future leaders in the effort. She is also chief executive officer and co-founder of Teach For All, which is working to accelerate and increase the impact of this model around the world.

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