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The Forum on the Future of Public Education

The Forum on the Future of Public Education strives to bring the best empirical evidence to policymakers and the public.

The Forum draws on a network of premier scholars to create, interpret, and disseminate credible information on key questions facing P-20 education. The Forum pursues original research and facilitates collaboration between researchers and policymakers to examine the pressing issues shaping the future of public education. Key constituencies of the Forum include scholars who influence research, policy and practice; policy makers and policy making bodies at all levels; members of the media who influence public opinion; foundations, organizations, business groups and others who support, criticize and advocate for reform; and citizens who make choices about education for themselves and their children.

America is witnessing a drastic redefinition of the policies and practices associated with “public education.” Too often, discussions around the future of public education are strong on passion but short on actual evidence. The Forum for the Future of Public Education is filing that gap by building a resource of objective, research-based insights on key educational issues. We are establishing an open venue- a true public forum to debate controversial and consequential policy issues that will shape American’s future.

Eight-week Black Minds Matter course to be live streamed at College of Education

Oct 9, 2017, 14:00 by the College of Education at Illinois
The College of Education at Illinois will be a livestreaming site for public portions of the upcoming Black Minds Matter course, taught by Dr. J. Luke Wood of San Diego State University.
Black Minds Matter class

The College of Education will be a live-streaming site for portions of the upcoming Black Minds Matter course, taught by Dr. J. Luke Wood of San Diego State University.

Dr. Wood's eight-week course will take place on Mondays from Oct. 23 through Dec. 11. The first 60 to 75 minutes of every class will be accessible to the public from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Room 2 of the Education building. 

The course is designed to raise the national consciousness about issues facing black boys and men in education. Additionally, the class will address the pervasive undervaluing and criminalization of black minds and offer tangible solutions for promoting the learning, development, and success of black males. Guest speakers will include Patrisse Cullors, Shaun Harper, Pedro Noguera, and Eboni Zamani-Gallaher.

The live-stream events are sponsored by the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership; the Higher Education Collaborative; and the Office of Community College Research and Leadership. Food and beverages will be provided.

Those interested in attending the full course can register here.

View the course syllabus.