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Historian Henry Louis Gates Jr., Philanthropist Priscilla Chan, and 2021 National Teacher of Year Address Urban School Leaders

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MEDIA ADVISORY                                CONTACT: Tonya Harris at:  tharris@cgcs.org

October 18, 2021      

                                                          

 

Historian Henry Louis Gates Jr., Philanthropist Priscilla Chan,

and 2021 National Teacher of Year Address Urban School Leaders

 

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to Participate in a Discussion on Urban Education

 

         WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 –Historian, author, and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Henry Louis Gates Jr.; Priscilla Chan, co-founder & co-CEO of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; and Juliana Urtubey, the 2021 National Teacher of the Year; will address urban educators at the Council of the Great City Schools’ virtual 65th Annual Fall Conference, Oct. 19-23.

 

            Also addressing the nation’s urban school leaders will be U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, who will participate in a conversation with Barbara Jenkins, superintendent of Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Fla., and chair of the Council’s Board of Directors.

 

            A national town hall meeting will be held on Oct. 22 titled “Amplifying the Voice of Students: From Critical Conversations to Concrete Actions.” The town hall will be moderated by veteran journalist Ray Suarez and feature student representatives from Charlotte, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Baltimore, Nashville, Hawaii, and Portland, Ore., discussing how they work to bring student perspective to the board of education in their school districts.

 

            On Oct. 21, the “Urban School Board Member of the Year” will be announced in a live ceremony. Nine school board members are finalists for the Green-Garner Award, the nation’s top award in urban-education leadership, sponsored by the Council and Scholastic.   

 

            Under the banner “Rising Up and Meeting the Challenge,” the four-day virtual conference will feature more than 100 presentations on issues related to equity, special education, addressing unfinished learning, dual language and English learners, and COVID-19.

 

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The Twitter hashtag for the conference is #CGCS21