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Teachers Support HWS Future Teachers

The HWS Coalition for Educational Equity (CEE) will host its first welcome event of the fall semester on Monday, Sept. 15 for any students interested in learning more about education or educational policy. The evening event, called “Teachers Supporting Future Teachers,” will introduce students to local educators over a free dinner in the Scandling Campus Center Faculty Dining Room, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Education Department at HWS, the goal of the dinner event is to introduce educationally-minded students to professionals in the discipline. The educators, which include teachers and administrators from Geneva City School, Penn Yan Central School, Marcus Whitman Central School and West Genesee Central School districts, will speak to students about how to make a positive impact in the field of education.

“Because there are so many changes being made in educational policy, educators in 2014 are facing unusually challenging prospects,” says Stephanie Kenific ’17, president of CEE. “However, we’ve invited educators who have been able to make a difference in their students’ lives, and I’m hoping their stories will empower students who wish to become teachers.”

The Coalition for Educational Equity was formed during the spring of 2013 in response to troubling educational policies as well as inequities prevalent in the national public school system. According to Kenific, the role of CEE is to “facilitate conversations and raise awareness about the multitude of problems and opportunities for improvement in schools.”

“It’s an alternative, more broad-based approach to the issue that Geneva 2020 was created to address,” she adds.

As part of the Colleges’ longstanding commitment to public service, Geneva 2020 is an important effort to advance the students of Geneva schools and build a stronger community. The initiative is rooted in the collective impact model aimed at ensuring that high school students have the skills necessary to graduate from high school and to effectively pursue a career or further college education. The program focuses on three key issues: graduation rate, career and college readiness, and literacy.

The dinner event is free and open to the public. Those who wish to attend should RSVP to Kenific by emailing stephanie.kenific@hws.edu. More information about the Coalition for Educational Equity can be found here.