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Critical Conversations in Urban Education (CCUE) Video Archives*


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Event #5: Idealism Meets Reality in Urban Education: A Screening and Discussion of The New Public

May 13, 2014—
The New Public, a provocative documentary by Jyllian Gunther, chronicles the educational journey of a principal, students, parents, and teachers, who were committed to creating “the ideal school.” The film demonstrates how critically important it is for education reformists to possess the agency necessary to influence complex social and systemic barriers that affect their school, the students’ families, and the community. Given the broader social landscape, school leaders, teachers, and families are in a fierce battle to achieve positive educational outcomes. The film invites us to consider the following question: How can schools ensure collaborative success versus battle fatigue?

For more information go to the full event page.

Highlights and full event video archive coming soon.


Event #4: Coming of Age in Philadelphia: High School Students Debate Their Future

October 29, 2013—
Drexel University School of EducationStudents debaters, Fredrique Bingley and Jerron Corley, from Parkway West High School, and Madjyna Macelin and Jenny Rosemond from Olney Charter High School debated the merits of college preparation versus career readiness.  Guest judges for the debate included Tiffany Tavarez, the Corporate Contribution Manager for PECO; Dr. James D. Hebert, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Anxiety Treatment and Research Program at Drexel University; and Susan B. Smith, a volunteer for the League of Women voters and to organizations that prevent gun violence. The debate was moderated by Meg Hess-Homeier, the Debate and Drama Coordinator for the After School Activities Partnerships.  The event also featured guest speaker, Dr. Michael J. Nakkula, a distinguished scholar in positive youth development and the Chair of the Applied Psychology and Human Development Division of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

For more information go to the full event page.

To view the full event video archive*, go to: Full Event October 29, 2013. (1:48:35)

Highlights of the event to come.


Event #3:  Learning Through the Arts

April 30, 2013—
Dancers on stageThis panel consisting of Megan Giampietro (Vice Principal of Philadelphia Charter School for Arts and Sciences at H.R. Edmunds); Dr. Miriam Giguere (Director of Dance at Drexel’s Westphal College of Media Arts and Design); Dr. Youngmoo Kim (Assistant Dean of Engineering for Media Technologies at Drexel’s College of Engineering), and Donald T. Lunsford (Artistic Director of D2), moderated by Steve Wills (Coordinator of Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Education Resource Center), discussed the significance of the arts to education.  Special performances were also presented by D3, the youth dance ensemble of PHILADANCO, and Jamarr Hall, a youth poet of the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement.

For more information go to the full event page. 

To view the full event video archive*, go to: Full Event April 30, 2013. (102:31)

To view highlights of the event, play the video below. (01:53)


Event #2:  Igniting STEM Learning:  Inspired Efforts of Teachers

October 22, 2012—
panel discussion at The Free LibraryThis panel consisting of Gamal Sherif (Biochemistry teacher at Science Leadership Academy), Derrick Houck (Math teacher at Olney Charter School), Kimberly Ellerbee (Principal at Samuel Powel Elementary School), Sylvia Simms (Founder of Parent Power), and Connie Goochee (Science teacher at Woodrow Wilson Middle School) , moderated by Jerry Jordan (President of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers) discussed the importance of cultivating life-long STEM learners, the critical role of the community in supporting STEM teaching and learning, and placing STEM education at the forefront of educational initiatives.

For more information go to the full event page.

To view the full event video archive*, go to: Full Event October 22, 2012. (1:46:03)

To view highlights of the event, play the video below. (04:06)


Event #1: STEM Education in Urban Settings:  Understanding Realities and Imagining Possibilities

April 30, 2012—
Dr. Lee speaking at podiumThis panel consisting of Dr. Vivian Lee (Director of Counseling Advocacy at the National Office for School Counselor Advocacy); Dr. Liza Herzog (Director of Research at the Philadelphia Education Fund); and Penny Nixon (Chief Academic Officer of the School District of Philadelphia) provided an overview of PA state data, Philadelphia School District initiatives, and perspectives on how higher education partnerships can enhance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education for K-12 students.

For more information go to the full event page. 

To view the full event video archive*, go to: Full Event April 30, 2012. (1:54:29)

To view highlights of the event use this link. (3:29)