Oakland is exciting place to be an education reporter, and — for a number of reasons — I’m glad my boss feels the same way about the importance of schools coverage.
In fact, Tribune Editor Martin Reynolds has organized a forum on some of the issues facing the city’s public schools. It’ll be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the new, 81st Avenue branch of the Oakland Public Library (1021 81st Avenue — next to ACORN Woodland and EnCOMPASS schools). You can see the flier here.
The free public event — which, admittedly, is not at the most convenient time for people who work in schools — is co-sponsored by the Bay Area Business Roundtable, the Prescott-Joseph Center and the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.
It will include four panel discussions: the charter school phenomenon in Oakland (moderated by yours truly); the role of philanthropy in funding education; school reform from the higher education perspective; and what models and programs are working and how to get involved.
You’re welcome to drop in at any point — or to stay for the duration. I hope to see you there!
As it says on the invitation, “This is not about promoting any agenda,
program or organization. It’s about sharing ideas, information and opinions for making our local schools better.”
If you have any questions about the event, please contact Martin Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martin says he plans to convene more discussions on education — next time, in the late afternoon/early evening, so teachers can take part. I told him I thought would be interesting to look at what’s being done (or what needs to be done) to improve the district’s middle schools and high schools.
Have an idea? Pass it along.