On November 16, the Holden Foundation shot its first installment of the public discourse series, “We Need to Talk.” The melee of strong personalities and even stronger, sometimes conflicting, opinions made the round table discussion all the more significant: Paul Cordeiro, Layne Wheeler, Jon Clark, Tine Sloan, and Sally Kingston made up the panel and Geoff Green moderated.
The discourse of future forums will focus on public education, its infrastructure, and the assessment, development, or termination of teachers. Addressed questions will include: if charter schools are yielding good results and have a good system, why aren’t we learning from them?; what can we do to help develop teachers instead of discussing merit pay or firing them?; how can we provide the best education possible in light of this economic crisis?; and, if I could change one thing about the public school system, what would it be?
The Holden Foundation will make the full discussions available for viewing on its Web site. The goal of the panel discussions is to get stakeholders to come to an agreement to make changes with effective resources, strategies, and solutions.