Smith Women in Education

Session descriptions and schedule

Wednesday, March 23
7 p.m.  Panel for students interested in education
Neilson Browsing Room
Thursday, March 24
11 a.m.  Registration
Alumnae House Lobby
Noon  Luncheon and Welcome
Alumnae House Conference Hall
1 p.m.    Keynote address
Welcome and introduction: Lisa Lauterbach Laskin ’88
Speaker: Tori Murden McClure ’85, President, Spalding University
Location: Alumnae House Conference Hall
2 p.m.    A Conversation: Teaching in the Twenty-first Century
Speakers: Kayleigh Colombero ‘08, teacher at the Springfield (MA) Renaissance School and member of Project Coach, Ileana Jiménez ‘97, teacher at the Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School and recipient of the Distinguished Fulbright Award in Teaching, and  Rachel Willis ’04,  Public school teacher and 2010 recipient of the Milken Educator Award
  Joan Sigel Schuman ‘62
Alumnae House Conference Hall
3:30 p.m.  Break
Alumnae House Gallery
4 p.m.    Ethics Panel on Bullying and Equal Access
Planned in conjunction with Smith’s philosophy and education departments, this opening panel will set the stage by exploring two compelling issues educators, administrators, parents, and students face almost every day: bullying in schools and equal access to a quality education. What are the ethical responsibilities we share in regard to these issues, and what are some ways educators can shape and lead discussion around these important topics?
Host: John Connolly, Professor of Philosophy
Moderator: Sam Intrator, Professor, Education and Urban Studies
Janelle Banks Bradshaw ’00, Director of Instructional Equity
Amy Christie ’01, Network Director, Achievement First Public Charter School
Jennifer Jencks, SSW ’95, Therapist who works with children and adolescents on anxiety issues
Kristy Gertsen Keteltas ’88, MSW, LCSW-C, School-based therapist, Linkages to Learning
Location: Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall 
5:30 p.m.   Reception
Alumnae House Living Room
(Alumnae may also choose optional tours of academic centers in Wright Hall)
7 p.m.   Dinner and discussion with ethics panelists
Alumnae House Conference Hall
Friday, March 25
9–10:30 a.m.    Session 1 (choose one)
• Not Your Mother’s Study Abroad: Global Education for the Twenty-first Century
Study abroad has long been an important component of US education, but it has changed radically in recent years, encompassing more academic fields, new areas of the world, and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning. Join alumnae with experience in the field of international education for a lively discussion about global education in a twenty-first-century world and the changes and innovations that have taken place to enhance the global experiences of teachers, students, and scholars.
Moderator: Lisa Lauterbach Laskin ’88  
Bonnie Clendenning ’67, President, The School for Field Studies
Ellen Hurwitz ’64, Former President, American University of Central Asia
Karin Eisele ’59 Former Executive Director, Institute of International Education West Coast Center
Location: Campus Center 103 & 104
A Change is in the Air: Innovations and Trends in K-12 Education
In our rapidly changing educational environment, what’s in store for K-12 education? In this session, educators will cast their eyes to the future, revealing ways schools are creating more inclusive and supportive environments for all students, launching innovative programs to build key twenty-first-century skills of global awareness, inclusiveness, and collaboration, and exploring the potential impact of new policies.
Moderator: Joan Sigel Schuman ’62
Cecelia Buckley, '71, Director of Professional Services at the Collaborative for Educational Services
Sandra Crow ’70, Middle-school Teacher, Agnes Irwin School and co-director, Dream Flag Project
Claire Harding Hollenbeck ’88, Vice President, Training and Professional Development, Pearson
Ileana Jiménez ’97, teacher at the Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School and recipient of the Distinguished Fulbright Award in Teaching
Location: Campus Center Carroll Room
Teaching Science and Sustainability
In the past few years, science education has shifted from a focus on preparing future scientists to a more comprehensive approach of increasing the science literacy of all students. This session will explore the ways teachers and sustainability leaders are using field work, local resources, and community involvement to improve access to science education—and education in general—both in the US and in communities abroad.
Moderator: Drew Guswa, Director, Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability; Associate Professor, Picker Engineering Program
Erinn McGurn Baron ’94, Founder and Executive Director, ScaleAfrica
Jane Horwitz ’74, Associate Director, Penn Science Teacher Institute at the University of Pennsylvania
Susan Teufert Vincent AC ’00, Science Teacher and Department Chair, Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem, NY
Location: Campus Center 205
10:30 a.m.    Break
Campus Center 103
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   Session 2 (choose one)
• Learning, Teaching, and Working for Global Citizenship
Students today have unprecedented opportunities to immerse themselves in new environments and see firsthand how their education can be used in practical ways to create a safer, healthier, and more just world. In this session, panelists, all of whom are deeply committed to global education, discuss a variety of approaches to international education, with the goal of developing a responsible and participatory global citizenry. 
Moderator: Lisa Lauterbach Laskin ’88
Julia Bolz ’83, Founder, Ayni Education International
Marianne Craven ’76, Managing Director for Academic Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Activities, US Department of State
Karin Fischer ’96, Journalist, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Susan Thanas ’62, Volunteer Chair, SABEH (Sino-American Bridge for Education and Health)
Location: Campus Center 103 & 104
• Together as One: Building Community Partnerships That Work
Strong ties to the community can have profound effects on local schools. Panelists in this session will explore three innovative school-community partnerships that are significantly improving the education of K-12 students. Up for discussion are a program that prepares disadvantaged youth for college, a full-service community school that engages parents and other community members in non-traditional ways, and a New York City program that works with more than 1,600 community-based youth-serving organizations to improve the quality of after-school education programs.
Moderator: Gail Scordilis Norskey ’81, Director, Center for Community Collaboration
Megan Harding, SSW ’07, Program Manager, William R. Peck Full Service Community School, Holyoke, MA
Alison Overseth ’80, President, Partnership for After School Education (PASE)
Nicola Tollett Jefferson ’84, Director, The Achievement Project of Chester
Location: Campus Center Carroll Room
• E-learning: Using Technology to Level the Playing Field
Technology and online learning opportunities can play a significant role in preparing all students for college and life in the twenty-first century. This session will explore how school systems are successfully integrating educational technology with traditional classroom approaches. You’ll discover practices that have worked, techniques to avoid, and how some educators are defining student achievement in online education.
Moderator: Sally Crissman ’59, Senior Science Educator, TERC
Deborah Chad ’95, Director of Program Technology at Facing History and Ourselves
Kathleen Fulton ’67, Director for Reinventing Schools for the 21st Century, National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future
Rebecca Tomasini ’95, Co-founder, The Alvo Institute
Location: Campus Center 205
12:45 p.m.   Lunch
Alumnae House Conference Hall
Closing panel
2:30 p.m.   Why Educate Women? Global Perspectives on Equal Opportunity
The idea of educating women and girls still elicits much debate in many countries around the world, even as studies show that educated women play key roles in lifting communities out of poverty and breaking cycles of oppression. This session will explore women’s ongoing struggle to become literate, engaged, and educated participants in society. Leading the discussion will be undergraduate students who have embarked on a project to explore the issue of women’s education both internationally and domestically through Smith’s Kahn Institute.
Host: Susan Bourque, Professor, Government
Moderator: Rosetta Cohen, Professor, Education and Child Study
Location: Alumnae House Conference Hall
4 p.m.   Student Tea
Alumnae House Living Room
5:30 p.m.   Alumnae House closes