F962 Fall 2018 Contemporary Challenges in Public Education
Tuesday, 11:50–1:15, Sept. 25
Church of the Good Shepherd
Instructors: Anne Holton, Jim Dyke, Mark Ginsberg
Coordinator: Jennifer Disano
The Dean of Mason’s College of Education and Human Development and two former Virginia Secretaries of Education, Jim Dyke and Anne Holton, debate some of the current topics roiling the world of public education today: testing, choice, charters, teacher pay, teacher shortages, experiential learning, career and technical education—the works!
Dr. Mark Ginsberg joined George Mason University in 2010 as the dean of the College of Education and Human Development. Ginsberg's career spans more than a 35-year period as a professor, psychologist and skilled administrator. He has lectured and published extensively in the areas of education, psychology, human development, and human services. Ginsberg completed his master’s degree in 1978 and his doctorate in 1981 at the Pennsylvania State University, after being awarded a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Cortland.
Anne Holton is a visiting professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government and at the College of Education and Human Development, and a visiting Fellow at the Center for Education Policy and Evaluation. With an AB from Princeton and a Harvard law degree, Holton has worked as a legal aid lawyer serving low-income families, a juvenile and domestic relations district court judge, and a child welfare reformer. As Virginia’s Secretary of Education from 2014-2016, Holton worked to increase Virginia’s investment in public education, to promote innovation and the joy of teaching and learning in our schools, and to ensure every student has a successful pathway to the future, especially those in high-poverty communities.
Jim Dyke is a senior advisor for Virginia state government relations at McGuireWoods Consulting, LLC. He previously served as Virginia’s Secretary of Education under former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, and as domestic policy advisor to former Vice President Walter Mondale. He has established a significant regional presence in the business, education and government arenas, working with all components of the community and with both political parties. He has a JD, cum laude, and a BA from Howard University.