MLK Community Forum: Getting Involved in Education

Posted on January 8, 2019

The Fierce Urgency of Now Series
University of Pennsylvania Hillel
215 S 39th St
Philadelphia PA, 19104
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Refreshments will be served at 5:00PM

Last year, we asked the question, “What can colleges and universities do to focus on K-12 schools as core institutions for community engagement and democratic development?”  This year, we are flipping the question to ask what can individuals and community groups do to support public education and how can colleges and universities support that grassroots engagement?

As part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Symposium on Social Change, we will hear from school principals, civic and community leaders and other stakeholders about why community partnerships matters for schools and how you can get involved.  The agenda will include a panel of school principals followed by table top discussions on various aspects of “how to” get involved.

The principals panel will feature:

  • Sharif El-Mekki, Principal, Mastery Charter School
  • Meredith Foote, Principal, Overbrook Educational Center
  • Leroy Hall, Principal, Houston Elementary School

Confirmed presenters include:

  • How to start a School Advisory Council with Molly McGlone, Henry C. Lea SAC
  • How to engage youth in creating a healthier school with Jarrett Stein, Rebel Ventures along with some RV youth
  • How to mobilize resources of colleges and universities in schools with Caitlin Fritz, PHENND
  • How to support parents to get engaged through leadership with Pep Marie, Philly SUN
  • How to advocate for  students with special and exceptional needs with Sabra Townsend, Parents United for Public Education
  • How to better engage parents in your schools with Stacey Scott, Manager of Education, Alliance for Progress Charter School
  • How to engage with the School District with Mallory Fix-Lopez and Julia Danzy, School District of Philadelphia Board of Education

This event is sponsored by the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, Penn’s African-American Resource Center, and PHENND (Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development).

Register here:

Wed, January 30, 2019
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

Penn Hillel
215 S. 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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