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Education Forum Cancelled

Due to weather, the “Teaching, Testing, and the Future of Education” forum has been cancelled. A new date has not yet been confirmed.

Local K-12 educators, students and HWS faculty will take part in a panel discussion, “Teaching, Testing, and The Future of Education,” which will provide diverse perspectives on the dynamic field of education. The event is open to the public and will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center. It was organized by the student-led HWS Coalition for Education Equity (CEE).

“We wanted to create a space to encourage dialogue and connection between the numerous individuals invested in this campaign,” explains Ryan Mullaney ’16, who leads the CEE. “With this forum, we wanted to contextualize our local educational situation within the larger scope of national and state policy.”

To that end, he notes the forum will include expert panels, including teachers, students and administrators, and roundtable dialogue about how we can, as a community, advocate for our schools.

Panelists include: Geneva City Schools Superintendent Trina Newton; Wayne-Finger Lakes-BOCES Superintendent Scott Bischoping; Assistant Professor of Education Khuram Hussain; Geneva Middle School Math Teacher Alison Seeley and Geneva High School sophomore Mark Rokow.

Organizers hope to see students, faculty and members of the Geneva community attend the event.

Stephanie Kenific ’17, a member of CEE, says, “My hope for the forum is that it will bring together perspectives from every part of the educational process, because that’s a discussion that needs to happen much more often.”

“This community engagement is at the core of our philosophy; only by listening to every voice can you arrive at a just and equitable solution. We hope to be a stepping stone in that direction,” adds Mullaney.

The HWS Coalition for Educational Equity is committed to promoting educational justice for the sake of students, educators and communities.

In the photo above, Geneva City Schools Superintendent Trina Newton speaks at the Geneva 2020 kickoff event. Newton will return as part of the “Teaching, Testing and the Future of Education” panel.