November 1, 2013

At the Leadership Newark (LN) Public Policy Summit, we are excited to announce that the following speakers will be joining us for stimulating Education workshops during our morning sessions. These sessions, each moderated by a facilitator, will allow attendees to discuss viable educational solutions and develop ways for families and communities to remain engaged.

REGISTER NOW and Learn, Act and make a Change with us on this Saturday, November 2nd!

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Let’s Rebuild The Dream That Is Newark!


Workshop A: Fact or Fiction: The Truth About School Reform

Experts in the field of education have been struggling for years on the national, state and local levels about ways to improve public education. Reform efforts have prompted broad-based approaches to individual educators taking measures towards improvement. The choices are plentiful, the challenges great, and the struggle continues, as we need viable solutions and clarity today. Join the discussion with a distinguished panel of experts to help dispel the myths and share the facts about urban school reform. LEARN, ACT & CHANGE!

Irene Cooper-Basch – Moderator

Executive Officer, Victoria Foundation

Mashea Ashton

CEO, The Newark Charter School Fund

Jeffrey R. Backstrand

Rutgers-Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration

Director of Research for the Newark Schools Research Collaborative

Danielle Mastrogiovanni


Workshop B: School Safety

Violence and high profile school shootings across the country causes much concern within school communities, as does bullying and just plain bad behavior and poor attitudes, which lead to a difficult environment in which to learn. Join the discussion on measures we can all employ to ensure a healthier learning environment. LEARN, ACT & CHANGE!

Alturrick Kenney – Moderator

Elected Member, Newark Public Schools Advisory Board

Mark Comesañas


Workshop C: Families and Community: Partners In Education

The phrase ”It Takes a Village…” has been overused and abused. Many of us seem to recognize that parents, community and educators are key players for a successful well-rounded student. Yet, we continue to struggle with ways to keep the parents and community engaged throughout a student’s primary and secondary school years. Join the panel as they share best practices from around the country on everyone engaging in a student’s educational success. LEARN, ACT & CHANGE!

Walter L. Fields, Jr. – Moderator

Executive Editor, Northstar News

Ross Danis, PhD

President and CEO of the Newark Trust for Education

Karen Thomas, PhD

Co-Founder, Marion P. Thomas Middle School

Junius W. Williams

Director, Abbott Leadership Institute at Rutgers – Newark