A Discussion with a Question & Answer Session
At African American Museum
701 Arch Street
Moonstone Arts Center
Progressive vs classical, Afrocentric vs Eurocentric, Standardized vs Child Centered Curriculum. The question is how do we reach children today? Our panel will discuss their successes and their failures in both dealing with the system and the children.
Our Panel Consists of:
Sydney Hunt Coffin has been teaching English in Philadelphia for 15 years and serves as the city representative to the Yale National Initiative to strengthen teaching in public schools. He was a lead organizer in the biannual Quakers in public education conferences in 2013 and 2015, as well as the three Teacher Convenings held in 2014 in Philadelphia. He is a published poet and journalist, currently teaches at Thomas Edison High School in North Philadelphia and is a member of the Philadelphia Writing Project.
Melvin Garrison has recently retired from the School District of Philadelphia after 37 years where he served as the Project Manager for The School District of Philadelphia’s Teaching American History Grant Program. In addition he was Curriculum Specialist for K-12 Social Studies and African American History. He has conducted numerous professional developments on the use of primary sources, discovering local history, and making American History come alive in the classroom. He has served as lead facilitator for numerous summer institutes on various topics related to American History from colonization to the turn of the century.
Peggy Savage has been teaching since 1984 and is a proud Philadelphia School District Educator. Her current projects include: Philadelphia Teachers Convening Steering Committee; N.A.A.C.P-A.C.T-S.O. Science Judge; Temple Upward Bound Math & Science Symposium Judge; Senator Vincent Hughes Lead Teacher for the S.O.S Read to Succeed Program; Girls on Fire Co Founder (www.smore.com/pgcvk-girls-on-fire); Political Committee : Working Educators Caucus of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and is a member of the Philadelphia Writing Project.
Isaiah Thomas is a coach, educator and servant leader from the Northwest section of Philadelphia, PA, currently the Associate Dean of Students and Athletic Director at Sankofa Freedom Academy and an Adjunct Professor in the Human Studies Department at Lincoln University. Mr. Thomas has always been dedicated to ensuring that underserved communities receive the type of programming and educational opportunities that all of Philadelphia’s thriving neighborhoods have come to expect by providing positive role models, athletic and performing arts programs and other resources for youths and families across the city. With perseverance, Mr. Thomas has sought to instill the meaning and value of servant leadership to youths and families throughout the country