March 12-22, 2013

All events are located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

All events are free and open to the public, with no registration required.

Tuesday March 12   

From K12 to Technical College Degrees: Toward Stronger Connections & More Student Success

7 pm – 8:30 pm Wisconsin Idea Room, 159 School of Education, 1000 Bascom Mall

Morna Foy, President, Wisconsin Technical College System

Sharon Wendt, Director, Career & Technical Education, Department of Public Instruction

Respondents:    Ousmane Kabre, Student Senate President, Madison College

                      Noel Radomski, Director, WISCAPE

Moderated by Julie Underwood, Dean, School of Education, UW-Madison

Wednesday March 13

Closing the Achievement Gap: Toward a Community Wide K12 Agenda

7 pm – 9 pm Wisconsin Idea Room, 159 School of Education, 1000 Bascom Mall

James Howard, President, MMSD Board of Education

Joe Gothard, Assistant Superintendent – Secondary Education (6-12), MMSD

Michael Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Boys and Girls Club of Dane County

Paul Soglin, Mayor of Madison

Respondents: Kate Brien, teacher, East High School; Madeline Hafner, Executive Director, Minority Student Achievement Network; Luke Gangler, Madison Memorial High School student; Damon Terrell, United Council of Students

Moderated by Rebecca Kemble, Progressive Magazine

Thursday March 14  

Coffee with TED: “Let’s Use Video to Reinvent Education”

730pm- 9 pm, Prairie Fire, Union South

Enjoy FREE coffee from Prairie Fire as we watch and then discuss a TED talk where former financial professional Salman Khan talks about how and why he created Khan Academy, a series of interactive educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects used by millions of students around the world–including students in our own MMSD. Khan calls for teachers to consider flipping the traditional classroom script — give students video lectures to watch at home, and do “homework” in the classroom with the teacher available to help.

Friday March 15  

MOOCs, Flex Degrees, and DIY UThe Coming Transformation of Higher Education

7 pm – 8:30 pm Wisconsin Idea Room, 159 School of Education, 1000 Bascom Mall

Anya Kamenetz, Fast Company

Respondents:   Kris Olds, Professor of Geography at UW-Madison and Ray Cross, Chancellor of UW Colleges 

Moderated by Teresa Brown, UW System

Monday March 18

Politics of School Choice in New Orleans & Milwaukee

7pm -830 pm, Varsity 3, Union South

Sarah Carr, author of Hope Against Hope

Barbara Miner, author of Lessons from the Heartland

Moderated by Gloria Ladson-Billings, Professor of Education at UW-Madison

Books by the authors will be available for purchase

Tuesday March 19  

“The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World’s Most Surprising School System”

1121 Humanities Building

Finland’s education system has consistently ranked among the best in the world for more than a decade. The puzzle is, why Finland? Documentary filmmaker, Bob Compton, along with Harvard researcher, Dr. Tony Wagner, decided to find out. The result of their research is captured in this film. Join fellow members of community for a viewing and discussion.

Thursday March 21

The Chicago Teachers Strike: Reframing Education Reform and Teacher Unions

7 pm – 8:30 pm Wisconsin Idea Room, 159 School of Education, 1000 Bascom Mall

Pauline Lipman, University of Illinois-Chicago

Respondents: Chad Alan Goldberg, Professor of Sociology, UW-Madison and John Matthews, Madison Teachers Inc

Moderated by Sara Goldrick-Rab, Professor of Ed. Policy Studies & Sociology, UW-Madison

** Please note that the last event is part of a 2-day conference on educational policy, organized by the Department of Educational Policy Studies.  The full conference is also open to the public and you are welcome to attend. Please see here for the schedule.**




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