St. Joseph’s College is set to host an education policy forum Feb. 9 that will feature the College’s new president, the superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of New York and several other leaders in education.
“The Future of Education Policy” seminar will delve into subjects related to the future of educational policies in America. Presented by the Center for Community Solutions and SJC Long Island’s departments of Child Study and Adolescence Education, the event will be held in SJC Long Island’s McGann Conference Center in O’Connor Hall, from 8:30 to 11 a.m.
“The topics will include the issue of affordability in higher education, how we will fund our educational institutions in the future, and the important role that education plays in the life of our nation,” SJC President Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D., said. “I am very much looking forward to this important discussion. I anticipate a lively and productive dialog.”
The education policy seminar will aim to address both current and future concerns regarding education policy, as it relates to both faculty and students, said former Congressman Timothy Bishop, a visiting professor of civic engagement and public service at St. Joseph’s.
“It is my hope that the panelists will cover the full range of issues that are currently in play for pre-K through 12 education, as well as higher education, said Bishop, who helped organize the seminar.
“These issues include funding from both the federal government and the state government, particularly as it relates to programs like the Individuals With Disabilities Act (IDEA), support – or lack thereof – for charter schools, vouchers, tax credit scholarships to attend private schools and future of Common Core.”
Bishop added that higher education issues at the education policy seminar will include ways to enhance access and affordability, proposals to modify the federal student aid programs, impact of free college tuition for New York state schools, particularly as it relates to independent colleges like St. Joseph’s.
“Forums such as this one are important for many reasons, but primary among them is that people on the front lines of delivering educational services to our students, such as teachers and administrators, need to have a clear understanding of the factors that influence how they do their jobs,” he said.
Registration is required for the event, which is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, contact Kara Felton at email@example.com or 631.687.2402.
Here’s a list of the seminar’s six panel members.
Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D., President, St. Joseph’s College
Timothy J. McNiff, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, Archdiocese of New York
Michael Hynes, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, Patchogue-Medford School District and Adjunct Professor, SJC Long Island.
Joseph Lemke, Ed.D., Director of Social Studies, Bay Shore School District and Adjunct Professor, SJC Long Island and Long Island University.
LaQuita Outlaw, Ed.D., Principal, Bay Shore Middle School
Shawn Robertson, Ed.D., Associate Professor, SJC Long Island