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Parent Talk Live: Curtis Valentine, MarylandCAN Executive Dir.
For more information on MarylandCAN, access:
MarylandCAN Website: http://www.marylandcan.org
Email announcing launch of MarylandCAN: http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/821127/bec185a9dc/1460589969/0636535546
Executive Director Curtis Valentine's Biography: http://www.marylandcan.org/about-curtis-valentine
Executive Director Curtis Valentine's MarylandCAN launch speech: http://marylandcan.org/learn/blog/tomorrow-will-not-do
Join host, Dr. Mike Robinson as he discusses the efforts taking place in the state of Maryland and across the nation to increase the inovlement and acceptance of parental engagement.
Dr. Robinson's guest is Mr. Curtis Valentine, Executive Director, MarylandCan. Curtis graduated from Morehouse College with a bachelor’s in English and then headed to South Africa, where he provided professional development to primary school educators as a Peace Corps volunteer. After returning to the States, Curtis taught eighth-grade language arts at a public middle school in Prince George’s County. He later went on to serve as regional field director in Prince George’s County for Obama for America and as a senior political advisor to the O'Malley 2010 re-election campaign.
The MarylandCAN story. In many ways, Maryland has good reason to be proud of its public schools. On the 2011 Nation’s Report Card, our fourth-graders ranked fifth in math and third in reading. Last year, our state won $250 million in the federal Race to the Top grant competition and $50 million in this year's Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge for innovative plans to make our education systems even better. When it comes to our public schools, it’s clear that we’re doing some things right.
Dr. Mike Robinson, host of Parent Talk Live will explore the effectiveness and justification of local or state governments taking over public schools. In recent years, there have been increase discussions regarding the effectiveness of government takeovers of K-12 public education. Now this discussion has reached the door steps of Prince George’s County residents.
Joining Dr. Robinson will be Dr. Brian Perkins is the Director of the Urban Education Leadership Program at Columbia University Teachers College Department of Organization and Leadership. Dr. Perkins will discuss the rationale behind school takeovers and how school takeovers impact a district’s current Board of Education.
Dr. Robinson will also be joined by BOE Mrs. Zabrina Epps, District 1 representative will outline her reasons for not supporting the County Executive’s proposal for school takeover and how the school system is making steady progress on many of the issues that are part of the kitchen table conversation of families throughout Prince George’s County.
In the final hour, Dr. Robinson will expand the discussion with a panel of local Prince George's County educational activist who will share their views on the plans of the County Executive Allison Brown, Esq. CEO, Allison Brown , Curtis Valentine, former executive Director of MarylandCan, Jennifer Harris, founder and editor Prince George's County D9 Politico Blog.