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Saturday Noon: Waiting for “Superman” and Education Policy Forum

by Borderstan.com — October 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm 0

"Waiting for 'Superman' ", Shaw Middle School, U Street Neighborhood Association

A screening of Waiting for “Superman” followed by a panel discussion on education policy. (Image courtesy of U Street Neighborhood Association)

Concluding the second season of the U Street Movie Series, the U Street Neighborhood Association‘s Education Committee is hosting a free screening of Waiting for “Superman” followed by a panel discussion on education policy. The event is Saturday, October 22 from noon to 3 pm at Shaw at Garnet-Patterson Jr. High School at 2001 10th Street NW.

Waiting for “Superman” is a 2010 documentary film by director Davis Guggenheim and producer Lesley Chilcott, which analyzes the failures of American public education by following several students though the educational system, hoping to be selected in a lottery for acceptance in charter schools.

Admission is free and open to the public. However, advanced registration is required to attend, as seating is limited. Please register at Eventbrite.

The panel following the movie consists of a variety of local education leaders, including:

  • Jackie Gran (Moderator) – Chief Policy & Partnerships Officer at New Leaders for New Schools
  • Kelly Young – DCPS Interim Chief, Office of Family and Public Engagement
  • Evelyn Boyd Simmons – ANC 2F Education Committee Chair, parent of Garrison Elem. students
  • Reuben Jacobson – Senior Associate for Research/Strategy for Coalition for Community Schools
  • Patrick Mara – Ward 1 DC State Board of Education Representative
  • Robinette Breedlove: Principal, Meridian Public Charter School
  • Kerry Sylvia: Teacher, Cardozo High School
  • Ann McLeod: Garrison Elementary PTA President, and parent

Donation proceeds from this screening of Waiting for Superman and panel discussion will support the HandsOn Greater DC Cares 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in January 2012, and will directly benefit our neighborhood schools. For over six years, HandsOn Greater DC Cares has used this day as a vehicle to recognize Dr. King’s leadership, legacy, and life through acts of service focusing on school and education based non-profit organizations and engaging youth in service.

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