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F653 Fall 2019 Education Series

Course number : F653 Fall 2019   
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F653 Fall 2019 Education Series
Tuesdays, 2:15-3:40, Sept. 24–Oct. 22
Five sessions
Coordinators: Lillian Brooks, Gloria Loew, Bonnie Nelson, Peg O’Brien, Jennifer Disano
  • Sept. 24: A Dialog on State of Education and Teaching in Virginia. Dr. Ginsberg will give an overview of the direction and goals of the Commonwealth’s Department of Education for Virginia schools. There will be a presentation on ways teachers are being prepared to meet these challenges and issues of the recruitment, quality, shortages, and retention strategies of teachers.  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.
  • Oct. 1: The State of Education in Virginia and Goals for the Near Term. Atif Mustafa Qarni, Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Virginia, will speak on the state of education in Virginia and his goals for enhancing education for all schools in the state. This will be followed by a Q&A/panel discussion. Qarni immigrated from Karachi, Pakistan with his family at the age of ten. He grew up in Parkville, Maryland, before moving to Manassas, Virginia in 2005.
  • Oct. 8: Equipping Students for Life Beyond High School. Anne Holton, former secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Virginia, will talk about developments in public education to help students explore career options and equip them with the wide range of skills needed to succeed beyond high school. Holton is a visiting professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government, the College of Education and Human Development, and a visiting Fellow at EdPolicyForward, the Center for Education Policy, at George Mason University. She has an AB from Princeton and a Harvard law degree, and has worked as a legal aid lawyer, a juvenile and domestic relations district court judge, and a child welfare reformer. Holton currently serves on the Virginia Board of Education.
  • Oct. 15: A World Class Education for All. Dr. Robert Smith, faculty member of George Mason University College of Education and Human Development, and former superintendent of Arlington Public Schools. A world class education means one in which all students from all backgrounds prosper. That is the promise of public school education that needs to be fulfilled. Some of the challenges that will be addressed include educating all children to high levels by eliminating the power to predict achievement using factors such as income, race/ethnicity, dominant language, or handicaps, and the role of the family, educators, and the community in education. Prior to joining Mason’s Education Leadership Program faculty, Smith served 44 years as a K-12 public school educator, working as a teacher, building and central office administrator, and superintendent.
  • Oct. 22: Managing Technology for the 21st Century. Tammi Sisk, educational specialist in the Office of Instructional Technology Integration. Ubiquitous access to technology provides limitless opportunities to learn about the world, connect with others, explore diverse perspectives, crowdsource solutions, get involved in the community, and find personal opportunities. How can our Fairfax schools and families work together to ensure opportunities are realized while minimizing the potential harmful effects of being constantly connected? In this session, we’ll explore what some of the current research is telling us, and the ways Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is approaching instruction to leverage the benefits of technology. We will explore resources and strategies you can use in your home. Sisk is a 25-year veteran of FCPS and a George Mason University alumna. She specializes in digital citizenship education and works to build the capacity of schools, curriculum offices and the community to support children with digital life.

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Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/24/2019 - 10/22/2019 Weekly - Tue 2:15 PM - 3:40 PM Fairfax, Tallwood Campus  Map, Room: TA-1 Jennifer Disano  ; Gloria Loew  ; ToBe Determined  ; Lillian Brooks  ; Peg O'Brien  ; Anne Holton  ; Mark Ginsberg  ; Tammi Sisk  ; Robert Smith 

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