Submitted by ub on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 09:41

The first education summit, “From Cradle to Career,” will be taking place on October 15, 2011 at Lehman College, hosted by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz.

As announced by the Borough President in his State of Borough address in 2010, he has put together a day-long conference designed to create an educational agenda for the Bronx. Borough President Diaz has gathered the most influential educational figures to discuss crucial topics affecting Bronx schools, such as special education, English Language Learners, and higher education.

Dr. Diane Ravitch, widely considered to be the preeminent education expert in the United States, will offer the keynote address in the morning. The day will begin with greetings from Borough President Diaz and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott of the New York City Department of Education, followed by Dr. Ravitch’s keynote address.

After the morning workshop, the summit will host eight breakout sessions covering a variety of topics, such as special education, English Language Learners, and parent involvement.

The event concludes with a VIP Policy Panel composed of some of the city’s most influential educational figures, including Ernest Logan president, Council of School Supervisors and Administrators; Monica Major, Bronx representative to the Panel for Educational Policy; James Merriman chief executive officer, New York City Charter School Center; Michael Mendel, secretary, United Federation of Teachers; Dr. Betty Rosa, New York Board of Regents, and Shael Suransky, deputy chancellor, New York City Department of Education.

To register for the education summit or for more information on this event go to

WHEN: Saturday, October 15, 2011

WHERE: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts

250 Bedford Park Boulevard, Bronx, NY

TIME: 8:30-4:30 p.m.

Dr. Ravitch’s keynote address, will begin at 9:15 a.m. The afternoon VIP panel will begin at 2:15 p.m.