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Education and Race: Barriers to Learning for Students of Color

February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Northwest Indiana Coalition for Public Education (NWICPE) and Purdue University Northwest will co-host a panel discussion entitled “Education and Race: Barriers to Learning for Students of Color.” This will be the first in a two-part virtual series exploring education and race. The virtual discussion is free and open to the public.

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About the Discussion

The discussion will be moderated by Tony Lux, retired Merrillville Community Schools superintendent and board member for both the Indiana Coalition for Public Education (ICPE) and the Northwest Indiana Coalition for Public Education (NWICPE).

“We have an amazing group of presenters that will provide a comprehensive overview of the multi-faceted complexities that are inherent to understanding the challenges faced by educators to overcome the barriers to learning for students of color,” Lux said. “These programs should appeal not only to educators and stakeholders in education, but to parents and the general public as well.”

Topics to be discussed include factors both inside and outside the school, relationship barriers, availability versus accessibility, school policies, regulations and curriculum, as well as inequitable school funding. A question and answer session will follow the discussion.

Panelists Include:

Kristin McMurtrey
President, NWI Coalition for Public Education

Tony Lux
Board Member, NWI Coalition for Public Education
Board Member, Indiana Coalition for Public Education
Retired Superintendent, Merrillville School Corporation

Alicia Kielmovitch
Vice President of Data, Analytics and Research, Indiana Youth Institute

Mike Berta
Retired Superintendent, Portage and Valparaiso School Corporations
Member NWI Coalition for Public Education
Board Member, NWI Urban League

Patricia Payne
Director, Indianapolis Public Schools Racial Equity Initiative
Board Member, Indiana Coalition for Public Education

Danny Lackey
Director of Diversity and Student Services, Merrillville School Corporation
Board Member, Urban League of NWI

Hardy Murphy
Clinical Professor of Urban Education Leadership and Policy Studies, IUPUI

Milton Reed
Executive Director, Global Consulting Solutions, NWI

Future Events

The second panel discussion in this series, “Education and Race: Skills and Tools for Educators to Overcome Racial Barriers to Learning in Schools” will be held virtually from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15 via the PNW YouTube channel. More details will follow.

The mission of the NWICPE is to advocate for a high quality and equitable public education for every child in Northwest Indiana.

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Date:
February 25
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7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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