The Colleges will host a discussion on public education on Sunday, Feb. 20 in Albright Auditorium. Following the 2 p.m. screening of the documentary “Waiting for Superman,” a panel of experienced educators will lead a forum on the state of education in the United States, a matter the film examines by following students as they pursue their education.
Geneva native Brian McLaughlin, who will be the John Henry Hobart Fellow in Residence the weekend of Feb. 19 – 21, will speak about the advantages of the charter school system as part of the panel. Currently serving as the principal of the Mastery School in Philadelphia, McLaughlin was given the John Henry Hobart Fellow position this year as a leader who has made significant accomplishments in his field and has worked to better the world we live in.
Also serving on the panel is Centennial Center for Leadership Fellow, Bonnie Johnson-Aten ’82, the principal of Edmunds Middle School in Burlington, Vermont. Johnson-Aten will lead the discussion with McLaughlin, answering and asking questions about public schools as viewed through her own experience and in context of the film.
Other speakers from the Colleges’ education department and from the Geneva community include Assistant Professor of Education Khuram Hussain, who has been an instructor at HWS for three years and has studied the grassroots movement for equality of educational opportunity; West Street School Principal Nina McCarthy, who served as assistant principal of North Street School for five years before becoming the school’s principal in 2003, moving to West Street School in 2009; Geneva City School District Assistant Superintendant Lawrence Wright, who joined the school district this academic year from PS 396 in the Bronx, where he served as principal from 2005 through the past school year. A question and answer session will follow the discussion.