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Tonight at Antioch University Midwest, the Yellow Springs school district will launch “The Future of Education” lecture series aimed at stirring the community toward reinventing the village’s public school model. The series begins with a presentation by The Knowledgeworks Foundation, an innovator in 21st century learning models. Knowledgeworks will present cutting-edge learning models and novel and successful programs to recruit, retain, compensate and evaluate top-notch teachers. The group will also present radical models of school financing. The session is based on Knowledgeworks’ research, and will include time for questions and discussions.

The Future of Education series is a collaborative effort of the Yellow Springs school district and the Antioch College Morgan Fellows to stimulate the creation of the district’s 10-year strategic plan, known as the Class of 2020 Initiative. Other events in the series include:

Saturday, Feb. 12, 3–5 p.m. Herndon Gallery South Hall: Presentation by Antioch College alumna Deborah Meier and Shadia Alvarez. Meier is a MacArthur Genius Award winner who had written six books on progressive education during her 40-year teaching tenure. Alvarez is an assistant principal at the Collegiate Institute for Math and Science in the Bronx, where she plans to start a new high school in 2013.

Saturday, March 5, 3–5 p.m. Herndon Gallery: Presentation by Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt, former Massachussetts state representative and superintendent of Pittsburgh schools. He is partly responsible for the Pittsburgh Promise and the 1993 Education Reform Act.

Saturday, March 12, Herndon Gallery: Presentation by Adam Howard, associate professor of education at Colby College and author of Educating Elites: Class Privilege and Educational Advantage and Learning Privilege: Lessons of Power and Identity in Affluent Schooling.


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