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In response to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), HGSE has postponed all in-person events, but we continue the Future of Education series online. We hope you will join in these important convenings, which are designed to highlight new knowledge and foster stimulating and constructive conversation about the most important issues in education — with scholars, practitioners, and thought leaders from across and beyond the education sector.

Future of Education: Leading for Equity

September 24, 2020; 4:30 p.m EDT

The racial inequities that exist in our nation’s institutions, including our school systems, have been amplified by the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities of color, as well as through the racial justice movement that gained momentum this summer. Join us as we welcome Richard Carranza, chancellor of the NYC Department of Education; Janice Jackson, CEO of Chicago Public Schools; and Brenda Cassellius, superintendent of the Boston Public Schools. Together, they will share their insights about leading for racial equity in school districts. Moderated by Senior Lecturer Jennifer Cheatham, co-chair of the Public Education Leadership Project (PELP).

This event will take place on Zoom. 


Education Now: The Challenges of Reopening

A summer biweekly webinar series with insights for educators, families, and school and district leaders.

Join us on Wednesday, September 30, at 3 p.m. EDT for the first episode in our fall season of Education Now. We'll explore the impact of racial trauma and stress on students of color, their families, and communities. We'll share guidance on seeing and addressing that trauma and forming a safe and compassionate school community.

Registration Coming Soon

Watch the full-season summer 2020 playlist: The Challenges of Reopening 

Topics include how to be an effective online educator, becoming an anti-racist educator, public health and school reopening, and family engagement amid pandemic. You can also watch the whole season on Facebook.

You can also watch the six-episode spring season of Education Now, with conversations on the power of human connection, leadership through crisis, and educating for equity in deeply uncertain times.

Learn more about Education Now.


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About Askwith

All programming is free and open to the public, and are a vibrant part of the HGSE community. The forums highlight leaders in the field to share new knowledge and generate spirited conversation, and provide an opportunity for practitioners, policymakers, and researchers to share their work, talk with one another, and advance proven practices that will improve learning opportunities for all children.

Audiences generally include community members, local educators, and a wide range of professionals and parents with a keen interest in improving education, as well as HGSE faculty, staff, and students. In most cases, the events are live-streamed, recorded, and made available online. Askwith Forums bring over 4,000 people to campus annually and engage over 6,000 online.

Prominent speakers have included U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, noted academic Noam Chomsky, Children's Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman, former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and Khan Academy Founder and Director Sal Khan.

The Askwith Forum was established in 1998 by the children and grandchildren of Herbert Askwith AB'(19)07, a noted New York City public-relations consultant, writer, and publishing executive.   

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