NEW YORK, June 2, 2016—Recent data indicates, that in the United States, half of high school graduates are unprepared for post-secondary success. Only eight percent of low-income students graduate from college; and 53 percent of graduates under 25 are unemployed or underemployed. At the same time five million jobs are vacant in the US. Employers attribute at least one-third of this unemployment to a gap between the skills available and the skills needed in the workplace.
On June 10-11 at the NYU Washington Square Campus and at various locations across the City, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) and Schools That Can (STC) will join forces to present a forum, "Reimagining the Education Pathway," that turns a critical eye on—and re-envisions—the traditional educational system. Leaders from K-12, higher education, government, industry, and the community at large will explore viable educational alternatives that aim to raise awareness of the opportunity and skills gap and to explore potential opportunities for changing the way we prepare future generations of students for careers through reimagined education pathways.
On Friday, June 10, STC attendees will have the opportunity to visit innovative school models across the City and to collaborate with peers on important initiatives. The agenda for Saturday, June 11, will include a morning panel discussion and breakout sessions on the K-12 role in this revised education pathway, facilitated by Schools That Can. The afternoon program, which also features a panel discussion and breakout sessions, will be led by NYUSPS and will highlight the role of higher education in reshaping the path from college to career.
The day also will include STC's 3rd Annual Robert F. Kennedy Urban Education Awards Luncheon. Kerry Kennedy, president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and daughter of the former NY senator, US attorney general, and civil rights advocate, will present the Awards. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the "Ripple of Hope" speech, and these awards will recognize a school leader, teacher, and student who exemplify the values represented in that speech.
Dennis Littky, cofounder and codirector of The Big Picture Company, The Met School, and College Unbound, will deliver the luncheon keynote address. A new schools recognition ceremony and a cocktail reception hosted by NYUSPS also are planned.
The morning discourse, "Reimagining the Education Pathway Panel," will feature Lisa Castillo Richmond, executive director, Graduate NYC!; Feowyn MacKinnon, principal, MC2 STEM High School, Cleveland; Raymond McNulty, senior fellow, International Center for Leadership in Education, and dean of the School of Education, Southern New Hampshire University; Sarah Steinberg, vice president, Global Philanthropy, JP Morgan Chase, "New Skills at Work;" and Jason Tyszko, executive director, Policy and Programs, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Center for Education and Workforce. Peter Coy, economics editor at Bloomberg Businessweek, is the moderator.
Panelists at the NYUSPS-facilitated afternoon panel discussion, "Higher Education Access - Redefining Readiness and Creating Greater Opportunity," include Steven Colon, vice president, Access to Opportunity, The College Board; Danielle Moss Lee, CEO, YWCA of New York; Jeff Livingston, senior vice president, Education Policy and Strategic Alliances, McGraw-Hill Education Group; Christine Ortiz, Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, dean of Graduate Education, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Peter Stokes, managing director, Huron Consulting Group. Peter Coy, economics editor at Bloomberg Businessweek, will serve as the moderator.
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