Conversations About Education

Conversations About Education

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 8:30pm - 9:00pm

Don't miss part three of this four-part public affairs series that takes a closer look at the challenging issues faced by school districts today.

From Blue Sky Project, in association with WXXI, Conversations About Education presents discussions with individuals intimately involved with setting the direction for education in the modern age — from the Chancellor of the Board of Regents to students, parents and educators from around the state. Hosted by Hélène Biandudi Hofer, Conversations About Education airs Fridays through October 2, 2020 at 8:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

The series engages the community in positive conversations about putting the needs of children first – to spotlight pathways to progress, motivate understanding, showcase new voices and viewpoints, and inspire hope.

Part 3, Actualizing Equity airs Friday, September 25. Lots of people talk about equity, but how does a district move from "talking the talk" to "walking the walk?" Moving from acknowledging that a culture of low expectations rooted in implicit bias holds students back -- and then working to mitigate this bias, is the hard work of culture change. Helene speaks with students about equity and revisits the Albany City School District, which under the leadership of Superintendent Kaweeda Adams, has been actively working to mitigate bias and empower the student voice for years -- starting with the board, right down to the maintenance staff. Board members, parents, administrators, and teachers also share details about the ongoing work.

The panel discussion that follows includes: Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa, Regent Wade Norwood, Superintendent Lesli Myers-Small, Superintendent Terry Dade and Superintendent Mike Nagler.

Conversations About Education is supported with funding from Rochester Area Community Foundation, ESL Foundation, the Max and Marion Farash Charitable Foundation and Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation.

An Emmy Award-winning not for profit film and media production company based in Rochester, NY, Blue Sky Project supports social justice initiatives that encourage all people to explore and discover the joys and challenges of living in a free and open society. Blue Sky creates and distributes original film, video, print and other media that are intended to inform, educate and inspire. Blue Sky projects are intended for broad distribution through a wide range of venues that may include (but not limited to) classrooms, television broadcast, film screenings, and internet; as well as community-based settings such as museums, libraries and individual interest groups.