Reclaiming the Promise conversation series kicks off

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The AFT and the Albert Shanker Institute have organized a new Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education conversation series, with discussions set for the second Wednesday of every month. The series kicks off on Oct. 9 with a conversation titled "Civic Purposes of Education and the Common Core."

One of the primary purposes of public education is to foster an engaged and well-educated citizenry: For a democracy to function, those who govern must be prepared to take on the duties and the rights of citizens. That is the broad topic of discussion for the first event.

A panel will discuss a series of questions related to the Common Core. Panelists will be Leo Casey, executive director of the Albert Shanker Institute; Chester E. Finn Jr., senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute; Kathy Swan, lead author of the Common Core College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards and professor at the University of Kentucky College of Education; and Ross Wiener, vice president of the Aspen Institute and executive director of its Education and Society Program.

The Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education conversation series is designed to engender lively and informative discussions on important educational issues. It features speakers with diverse perspectives, including views other than those of the AFT and the Albert Shanker Institute, with the aim of encouraging genuine engagement among the speakers.

This flier about the event includes more details, including online registration information.

[Albert Shanker Institute]

October 3, 2013