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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Conversations of Consequence: Educational Policy and Practice

Stephanie Jansky, Director of Programming, The City Club of Cleveland

Every year, Rick Hess, Ph.D. releases his Rick Hess Straight Up (RHSU) Edu-Scholar Public Influence rankings. The 2018 list outlines the “200 university-based scholars in the U.S. who are doing the most to influence educational policy and practice.” Many on this list have another thing in common – they’ve spoken at The City Club of Cleveland.

Our mission is to bring you conversations of consequence that help democracy thrive. We’re proud to have featured these prestigious educational policy leaders on our stage and encourage you to listen to their perspectives on everything from charter schools to voucher programs to global education.

And we’re pleased to welcome Dr. Hess to our stage on Friday, January 19 to discuss his recent book Letters from a Young Education Reformer. You can purchase tickets here.

“We have to have schools that can prepare virtually everyone for what we want to prepare only a very few.”
Linda Darling-Hammond, Ph.D., Stanford University, in January 2013. RSHU Ranking: 1

“Closing schools is not a reform. If there’s too much crime, we don’t close police stations.”
Diane Ravitch, Ph.D., New York University, in February, 2012. RHSU Ranking: 5

“The hope for education lies in the local community, not in Washington or state capitals.”
Pedro A. Noguera, Ph.D., New York University, in January, 2014. RHSU Ranking: 12

“Never stop teaching. Every minute counts.”
Andrew Hargreaves, Ph.D., Boston College, in February, 2017. RHSU Ranking: 16

“Education is the growth of human beings. It’s not the acquisition of knowledge or skills.”
Yong Zhao, Ph.D., University of Kansas, in December, 2016. RSHU Ranking: 18

“What we need is a national conversation that abolishes the myth of de facto segregation to ensure there is a national consensus around a constitutionally obligated remedy."
Richard Rothstein, Economic Policy Institute, in December 2017. RSHU Ranking: 26

“True change for school systems must start at the base level, building trust between those affecting change and the community.”
David L. Kirp, UC Berkeley, in April 2014. RSHU Ranking: 46

“More than half of all states have some sort of voucher program in place.”
David Figlio, Ph.D., Northwestern University, in July, 2016. RHSU Ranking: 50

“Five percent of the American school population (K-12) is educated in charter schools.”
Margaret “Macke” Raymond, CREDO at Stanford, in December, 2014. RHSU Ranking: 164

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