Gesu School Hosts 2016 Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education

Gesu School tackled the role that cultural responsiveness plays in the urban classroom during its 19th Annual Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education on November 4, 2016. Gesu School, Philadelphia’s first independent, Catholic elementary school, brought together expert speakers and a vibrant keynote to provide their insight on urban education and cultural engagement in schools.

Christopher Emdin, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University and author of the award-winning book For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…And the Rest of Y’all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education provided a thought-provoking and engaging keynote. He then joined several other leaders in education to further dive into the topic, including Pamela Barnett, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Trinity Washington University; Tamika Michelle Evans, CEO & Principal of Global Leadership Academy Southwest; and David P. Hardy, Co-Founder & CEO of Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School.

Speakers and panelists included (left to right) Steven S. Piltch, Ed.D. (Moderator), Pamela Barnett, Ph.D., Tamika Michelle Evans, David P. Hardy, Christopher Emdin, Ph.D., and Bryan Carter, President and CEO of Gesu School. 

Audience members engaged the speakers following the presentation, while Steven S. Piltch, Ed.D., Head of School of The Shipley School and Gesu School Board Member, moderated their discussion. Nearly 300 educational leaders, teachers, and supporters of inner-city education from the community and the wider Philadelphia region attended. Gesu School hopes the symposium will prompt a wider discussion on how to improve education for all of America’s inner-city children.

Click here to view video footage, see additional photos, and learn more about the 2016 symposium and past symposia.

Always seeking to improve education for all of America’s inner-city children, Gesu School launched our Annual Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education in 1997 to bring together funders, stakeholders, policymakers, and educators to tackle the tough issues in inner-city education today. From our first moderator, the late Tim Russert, to outstanding panelists like Stedman Graham, Joe Klein, and Paul Tough, the annual gathering brings together leading thinkers to stimulate productive conversation and energize us for our work in the field. The symposium is another way that Gesu School strives for the Magis.

The Gesu School Gospel Choir sets the stage for the 2016 Gesu School Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education, singing “Expect a Miracle” by Elbernita Clark.

-Photos by Edward Savaria


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