• On Education

    Presented by: City & State

     Aug 17, 2016

     New York, NY

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Date & Time:
Wednesday, August 17th
8:00am - 11:30 am
Fordham University - Pope Auditorium
113 West 60th Street
New York, NY 10023

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City & State’s On Education forum will feature panel discussions on the future of public higher education and emerging trends, such as the implementation of technology in classrooms and STEM curriculum across New York. The panelists will deliberate the current debate regarding evaluations, standards, and testing and whether or not it works. Hear from leaders in education, policymakers, parents and teachers from New York City schools, curriculum managers, eLearning developers, and more.  


8:00 am        Registration & Networking Breakfast 

8:30am         Welcome Remarks by Michael Johnson, Executive Editor, City & State NY

8:40 am        Introductory Remarks by Lorraine Grillo, President & Chief Executive Officer, New York City School Construction Authority

8:45am        Keynote by NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina

9:15am        The 2016 On The Map: The Atlas of Student Homelessness presentation by Jennifer Erb-Downward, Principal Policy Analyst at The Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness

9:20 am         Standards and Testing: What works, What Doesn’t

Panel will discuss how we can get New  York standards and annual state testing to a place where all stakeholders agree that they are useful tools for teachers, parents and students. The Center for American Progress ‘ Testing Bill of Rights articulates the rights of teachers, parents, and students about the purpose, value, and limitations of standardized tests. Standards and tests need to accurately measure student learning in a way that is useful for parents and teachers and less burdensome for students. This panel is part of a broader campaign to educate leaders, students, teachers, and parents for the need for the best standards and better, fairer, and fewer tests.



  • Beth Fertig, Contributing Editor for Education, WNYC (moderator)
  • Mary Ellen Elia, Commissioner, New York State Education Department
  • Betty Rosa, Chancellor, New York State Board of Regents
  • Victor Valentine, Senior Director of Programs & Evaluations, New York Urban League
  • Scott Sargrad, Managing Director of Education, Center for American Progress
  • Suraj Gopal, STEM special education teacher, Hudson High School of Learning Technologies


10:10 am      Navigating the Future of Public and Private Higher Education

The City University of New York and the State University of New York along with the long list of private schools have a long history of providing higher education and opening up opportunities for city and state residents. Both systems have been facing funding questions in recent years, however, from state aid to student tuition to union contracts. This panel delves into these issues and other challenges at New York colleges and universities.


  • Jon Lentz, Senior Correspondent, City & State (moderator)
  • H. Carl McCall, Chairman, State University of New York
  • James B. Milliken, Chancellor, The City University of New York
  • Deborah Glick  Chairwoman, Assembly Higher Education Committee 


10:50 am      Emerging Trends in Education

City & State moderates a panel of officials, experts and academics on improving tech access in and out of classrooms, STEM learning in NY schools, and how to make NY more competitive across the globe!  The session will connect educators, administrators, and other staff to new ideas, best practices, and each other.


  • Monica Disare, Education Reporter, Chalkbeat NY (moderator)
  • Josh Wallack, Deputy Chancellor, NYC Department of Education
  • Council Member Daniel Dromm, Chair of Committee on Education
  • Cynthia Getz,  NYC Account Team Senior Manager at Custom Computer Specialists, Inc
  • Marianne Vakalis, Ed.D., Dean of Strategic Initiatives, Berkeley College
  • Vlada Lotkina, Co-Founder & CEO, Classtag.com



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