Only Connect:
Reinvigorating American Public Education

Rudy Crew, Madeline Levine and Denise Pope with Deborah Stipek

Saturday, November 15, 2008 | 1:00 – 3:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

What are the prospects for public education in America today? What conditions have brought about epidemic rates of depression, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse among both affluent and underprivileged youth? What does leaving no child behind really mean? Join us for a constructive conversation with four leading educators who are addressing current problems and revitalizing our nation’s most important social institution: our public schools.

RUDY CREW, Former Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools
When Rudy Crew took the helm of Miami-Dade County Public Schools in 2004, he has set a clear and compelling vision for the nation’s fourth-largest school district. Prior to his appointment in Miami-Dade, he served as director of district reform initiatives at the Stupski Foundation, a private philanthropic organization created in 1996 to support the improvement of public education. As chancellor of New York City Public Schools from 1995-99, he led a number of reforms including adoption of curriculum standards for all schools, elimination of tenure for principals, and introduction of school-based budgeting. His new book, Only Connect: The Way to Save our Schools, offers an optimistic vision for school reform by a visionary superintendent who remains a teacher at heart and in practice.

MADELINE LEVINE, Clinical Psychologist and Author
A clinical psychologist in Marin County for the past twenty-five years, Madeline Levine has used her practice with privileged adolescents and their parents to write books that challenge one child-rearing myth after another. She has published Viewing Violence and See No Evil: A Guide to Protecting our Children from Media Violence. Her most recent book, The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids, offers useful advice to parents of any income level about ways to foster healthy autonomy, impulse control, and a strong sense of self that comes when young people are able to construct healthy “inner homes.”

DENISE POPE, Author and Educator, Stanford School of Education
Denise Pope has been a lecturer at the Stanford University School of Education for the past 7 years, specializing in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. She founded and directs the SOS: Stressed-Out Students project, a national research and intervention project for K-12 schools to counter the causes of academic stress and increase student health, engagement with learning, and integrity. Her book, "Doing School": How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students was awarded Notable Book in Education by the American School Board Journal. She is a three-time recipient of the Stanford University School of Education Outstanding Teacher and Mentor Award.

DEBORAH STIPEK (moderator), I. James Quillen Dean and Professor of Education at Stanford
Deborah Stipek’s scholarship concerns instructional effects on children's achievement motivation, early childhood education, elementary education and school reform. She served for five years on the Board on Children, Youth and Families at the National Research Council, she chaired the National Research Council Committee for Increasing High School Students’ Engagement and Motivation to Learn, and she directed the MacArthur Foundation Network on Teaching and Learning. Currently she is completing a longitudinal study that follows children from kindergarten through fifth grade in three low-income communities in three different states.

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