Sims to host forum Monday on how to get involved with 'amazing' public schools in Center City

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 26 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., will host an education forum at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30 at the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, 901 S. Broad St.

Sims invites the public to join him, elementary school principals, policy experts, academics, and community leaders for a discussion about education and engagement in Philadelphia.

"Together we’ll explore how entire communities can use their unique assets to support local public schools and move our vision for Philadelphia schools forward. Dr. William Hite, the Philadelphia School District superintendent, will kick off the forum and help us welcome panelists, parents and attendees," Sims said.

"A panel of principals from five neighborhood elementary schools will join us and each will share their school's accomplishments as well as opportunities for growth. It's a great way for parents, community members and those who are new to the area to learn more about how to get involved with the amazing public schools in Center City."

The principals are: April Brown, Waring Elementary; Zack Duberstein, Vare-Washington Elementary; Lisa Kaplan, Jackson Elementary; Dan Lazar, Greenfield Elementary; and Lauren Overton, Meredith Elementary.

Sims said a second "all-star" panel will focus on sharing best practices for engaging entire communities in supporting local public schools through fundraising, program development, community partnerships and more:

- Maia Cucciara, Temple University associate professor of urban education policy, organizational and leadership studies

- Eleanor Ingersoll, chairperson of both the Queen Village Neighbors Association School and Youth Committee and of the Meredith Elementary School Advisory Council

- Otis Hackney, chief education officer, Mayor's Office of Education

- Ivy Olesh, Friends of Neighborhood Education (FONE)

- Deborah Gordon Klehr, executive director, Education Law Center