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Photo Caption A: Marianne Vakalis (center), EdD, Berkeley College Dean of Strategic Initiatives, responds to a question on Emerging Trends in Education at the City & State On Education Forum held in New York City on August 17, 2016. She is flanked by Vlada Lotkina (left), Co-Founder & CEO, Classtag.com and Cynthia Getz, New York City Account Team Senior Manager, Custom Computer Specialist, Inc. The panel addressed topics such as the use of data analytics, inclusion and role modelling in education.
City & State New York brought together a diverse audience at its On Education Forum held at the Fordham University Center for Nonprofit Leaders in New York City on August 17, 2016. Among the invited guest speakers was Marianne Vakalis, EdD, Berkeley College Dean of Strategic Initiatives.
Carmen Fariña, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education, delivered the forum’s keynote address and set the stage for dialogue about optimizing opportunities for New York City students. Ms. Fariña emphasized the importance of working together to ensure that every child not only has access to a college education, but is prepared for it. She said that preparing students for college needs to start early, by having dialogue and familiarizing teachers, children and families with what that means. In addition to initiatives beginning as early as in pre-Kindergarten, she is encouraging an initiative to ensure that every seventh grader in the city visits a college.
Ms. Fariña reiterated that New York City’s Equity & Excellence initiative is “alive and well.” “Every single student has equal potential to be the best they can be,” she said. “When they are ready, college will be ready for them.”
The first panel discussed Standards and Testing, What Works and What Doesn’t. Betty Rosa, Chancellor, New York State Board of Regents, said that more work needs to be done. “I think we’ve made it very clear that this year’s exam cannot be compared (with last year’s), and yet we have out there people looking at different pieces of this test and reacting to different pieces,” state Chancellor Rosa said. “The whole idea that we put the asterisk there, the footnote, is that we really didn’t want people taking a victory lap.”
Photo Caption B: From L to R: Marianne Vakalis, EdD, Berkeley College Dean of Strategic Initiatives, poses with Betty Rosa, Chancellor, New York State Board of Regents, the City & State On Education Forum held in New York City on August 17, 2016. State Chancellor Rosa discussed the Standards and Testing, What Works and What Doesn’t during the forum’s first panel.
“We can look at the data analytics and see how we are motivating and engaging students. We can tailor our instruction,” said Dr. Vakalis, speaking on the use of data analytics, one topic addressed by the panel on Emerging Trends in Education.
On the topic of inclusion and interest in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, Dr. Vakalis, whose teaching background is in computer science, emphasized the importance of promoting diversity in the classroom. “We need to bring more underrepresented people as role models into the classroom, so students of any age can see someone like themselves being happy and successful in their careers,” she said.
Dr. Vakalis was joined by fellow panelists Daniel Dromm, New York City Council Member and Chair, Committee on Education; Cynthia Getz, New York City Account Team Senior Manager, Custom Computer Specialist, Inc.; Vlada Lotkina, Co-Founder & CEO, Classtag.com; and Josh Wallack, Deputy Chancellor, New York City Department of Education. Monica Disare, Education Reporter, Chalkbeat NY, served as moderator.
Photo Caption C: The panel addressing Emerging Trends in Education at City & State’s On Education Forum in New York City on August 17, 2016 included (left to right) Monica Disare, Education Reporter, Chalkbeat NY; Vlada Lotkina, Co-Founder and CEO, ClassTag.com; Marianne Vakalis, EdD, Berkeley College Dean of Strategic Initiatives; Cynthia Getz, New York City Account Team Senior Manager, Custom Computer Specialists, Inc.; Daniel Dromm, New York City Council Member and Chair, Committee on Education; and Josh Wallack, Deputy Chancellor, Strategy and Policy, New York City Department of Education.
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