Keynote Speaker

Dr. Diane Ravitch

Speakers and Panelists

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
Dr. Ricardo Fernandez, President, Lehman College
Dennis Walcott, Chancellor of New York City Public Schools
Dr. Lindamichellebaron, Chair of Department of Teacher Education, York College
Ernest Logan, President, Council of School Supervisors and Administrators
Monica Major, Bronx Representative to the Panel for Educational Policy
James Merriman, CEO of New York City Charter School Center
Michael Mulgrew, President, United Federation of Teachers
Dr. Betty Rosa, New York Board of Regents
Shael Suransky, Deputy Chancellor of NYC Public Schools


Early Childhood Education
Theme: Developmentally Appropriate Practices

Teachers and childcare providers will learn about Developmentally Appropriate Practices, as defined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, in such areas as: individualizing learning activities, including families in early childhood programs, using age-appropriate language with children, encouraging independence in young children, and allowing children to make choices.

Special Education

Theme: Your Child's Best Champion - The Top Five Rights in Special Education

By Resources for Children with Special Needs (RCSN) - NYSED Bronx Special Education Parent Center  and Advocates for Children (AFC)

English Language Learners
Theme: Making Possibilities Realities for English Language Learners: Pursuing College

This session is directed at English Language Learners in elementary, middle and high school and their parents, teachers and counselors.  Attendees will learn about the resources available to meet the needs of English Language Learners pursuing a college education.

Higher Education
Theme: College and Career Awareness, Readiness and Success

In this session, parents, students and educators in middle and high school will gain a greater understanding of how to prepare for college, become more familiar with higher education offerings and opportunities in the Bronx, including college financing. Participants will also hear how the transformative power of higher education has positively impacted the lives of Bronx students.   A pipeline approach to strengthen the relationship between two-year, four-year and graduate level study will also be discussed.

Theme: School Safety

Bronx students will plan and facilitate this session. Students will share their perspective of what is going on in Bronx schools, focusing on the issue of school safety.

Theme: What Makes a Great School?

Parents will understand practices and characteristics of great schools and learn how to choose an elementary, middle or high school for their child.  Parents will also learn how to become involved in their child's school through parent engagement activities such as PA/PTA, SLT and CEC's. 

School Health Interventions: Tailoring your School Health Strategy for Your School and Community

In this session health care providers and public health leaders will discuss the role of primary care and the impact of public health policy and research in elementary, middle and high schools. Areas of panel expertise includes:  asthma care and maintenance, mental health services, adolescent reproductive health, school based obesity prevention projects, impact of school-based health centers, and bullying.

Educator Breakout Session
UFT/UFT Teacher Center

Theme: Introduction to the Common Core Standards

In this session, teachers and parents will become familiar with the rationale and history of the Common Core Learning Standards that has incorporated best practices and research from across the nation and the world.  Participants will explore the anchor standards that represent a set of expectations for student knowledge and skills in order to be college and career ready.

Participants will receive:

Afternoon Panel Conversation

Theme: From Cradle to Career: a discussion of education spanning from birth to higher education and beyond

This panel conversation moderated by Mr. David Banks, President of The Eagle Academy Foundation will explore Bronx education issues from birth all the way up to higher education and career entry. This discussion will explore challenges and successes, as well as recommendations from a panel of experts on what is needed to help improve the state of education in the Bronx.