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Antioch College and Village Schools to Present 'The Future of Education' Series

The Morgan Fellows at Antioch College and the Yellow Springs Exempted Village Schools will present lectures, films, and workshops to stimulate community discussion.

1/24/11 Update: New events added on February 1 and February 22.

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio – January 19, 2011 – The Future of Education series, a partnership between the Morgan Fellows at Antioch College and the Yellow Springs schools, will kick off with a presentation from the KnowledgeWorks Foundation at 7 p.m., Thursday, January 27.

This is the first of several engagements to stimulate new and innovative thinking about the future of education in Yellow Springs. The series is a major component of the Class of 2020 Initiative, a process to create a strategic plan for the public schools.

In addition to the Knowledge Works presentation, the broader community will have the opportunity to engage with several leaders in education the coming months, including: Antioch College alumnae Deborah Meier, an educational reformer, writer and activist, and Shadia Alvarez , assistant principal at the Collegiate Institute for Math and Science ( in the Bronx, New York (February 12); Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt, the former superintendent of the Pittsburg Public Schools (March 5).

Below is the partial schedule of events. Please visit this page often as events will be added.

Thursday, January 27, 7:00-9:00 p.m. – KnowledgeWorks Foundation
As part of their engagement with the Yellow Springs School District, the KnowledgeWorks Foundation will kick off the Future of Education series with a presentation on cutting-edge models of learning; novel and successful programs to recruit, retain, compensate, and evaluate top-notch teachers; and radical financial models.
Location: Antioch University Midwest

Tuesday, February 1, 7:00-9:00 p.m. – Matt Fischer
Matt Fischer spent the first 21 years of his career creating award-winning campaigns for blue chip brands like AT&T, Amtrak, Time Magazine, Starbucks, Kraft and General Foods. Six years ago, persuaded by long-time friend, Greg Livingston, he decided to join WonderGroup in Cincinnati, where he and Livingston worked closely together to grow WonderGroup in size and stature with clients like Cincinnati Bell, Perfetti Van Melle's Airheads and Mentos, Kellogg's, Luxottica, Walt Disney Resorts, Topps, Evenflo, Heifer International, Dean Foods and more.
Location: Herndon Gallery, South Hall, Antioch College

Saturday, February 12, 3:00-5:00 p.m. – Deborah Meier and Shadia Alvarez
Antioch alumna Deborah Meier (’52), has authored six influential books on progressive education. A 40-year veteran teacher, Meier is a 1987 MacArthur Genius Award winner and the recipient of innumerable honors. Although “retired,” she continues to write, blog and lecture about schooling and democracy. Antioch alumna Shadia Alvarez (’96) is currently the Assistant Principal at the Collegiate Institute for Math and Science in the Bronx. Alvarez is planning to launch an Antioch influenced NYC high school in 2013.
Location: Herndon Gallery, South Hall, Antioch College

Tuesday, February 22, 7:00-9:00 p.m. – Michael E. Dantley
Michael E. Dantley is the associate provost, associate vice president for academic affairs, and professor of educational leadership at Miami University. When not serving in his administrative capacity. He is currently exploring new ways to conduct qualitative research on spirituality and leadership and the link between principals’ moral development and the ways principals define and demonstrate their commitment to social justice and critical instructional leadership. Dantley has been a teacher, principal and central office administrator in the Cincinnati Public Schools.
Location: Herndon Gallery, South Hall, Antioch College

Saturday, March 5, 3:00-5:00 p.m. – Mark Roosevelt
Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt has focused on politics, public policy, and education for decades. As a Massachusetts state representative he guided passage of the 1993 Education Reform Act. He directed the Gordon Public Policy Center at Brandeis University and taught courses on U.S. History and public policy at Brandeis and Carnegie Mellon. While Superintendent of the Pittsburgh Schools Roosevelt created the innovative Pittsburgh Promise program.
Location: Herndon Gallery, South Hall, Antioch College

Saturday, March 12, 3:00-5:00 p.m.   Adam Howard
An associate professor of education at Colby College, Howard focuses his research on the educational impact of class and privilege, and on the concerns of gay and lesbian youth. His books include Educating Elites: Class Privilege and Educational Advantage, and Learning Privilege: Lessons of Power and Identity in Affluent Schooling. His articles have appeared in the journals Education Leadership, Democracy and Education, High School Journal, and the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy.
Location: Herndon Gallery, South Hall, Antioch College

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