October 19, 2009

SoE hosts discussion on urban high school reform

The School of Education is hosting a panel discussion on urban high school reform on Monday, Oct. 26, during which leading practitioners will discuss promising models of high school reform, including those that have grown from university research programs; systemic initiatives, such as the Transformation Schools initiated by Baltimore City Schools CEO Andres Alonso; and reforms piloted by charter schools. This panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities for high school reform in Baltimore City.

The participants and their topics are Douglas Mac Iver, principal research scientist, Center for Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins, “Early Warning and Intervention Systems for Keeping Students on Path to Graduation”; Karen Webber-Ndour, principal of the National Academy Foundation School, “Apathy Relevance—Academy Curriculum Linked to High School Success”; Jeffrey Robinson, principal of the Baltimore Talent Development High School, “Curbing the Dropout Rate”; Matthew Wernsdorfer, principal of the Baltimore Civitas School, “Apathy and Agreement”; and Maxine J. Wood, chief operating officer for site development, Talent Development High Schools at CSOS and a member of the Baltimore City board of commissioners. The moderator is Eric Rice, an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Education.

The discussion and Q&A session will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the School of Education Building. The event will be preceded by a reception at 6 p.m.

To register, go to http://education.jhu.edu/urban-hs-reform or call 410-516-6027.