Newark Mayor Cory Booker with a tutor at the Great Oaks school in Newark
A panel discussion at Innovate Manhattan Charter will compare three alternative school models to a traditional school model to get at what is different and perhaps more effective about their approach.
The host, Innovate Manhattan Charter School, is part of the Swedish network of schools known as Kunskapsskolan (Swedish for “Knowledge School”). The school’s curriculum is delivered through an online portal that students master at their own pace. P-Tech, a district run school in Brooklyn, opened two years ago in partnership with IBM and CUNY/City Tech and serves grades nine through fourteen. Students will graduate from P-Tech with a high school diploma as well as an Associates degree. The third school, Great Oaks Charter, provides each of its students with individualized tutoring each day. The school’s tutors are recent college graduates who receive a modest stipend and housing.
Panelists are Michael Thomas Duffy, Peg Hoey, and Grace J. Suh.
Michael Thomas Duffy is spearheading an initiative to launch the Great Oaks Charter Schools. Prior to this, Duffy worked for the New York City Department of Education and has held a variety of leadership roles in public schools. He has a Master’s in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Trinity College in Connecticut with a degree in Economics. Duffy is currently an adjunct professor at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Peg Hoey is the President/Education Director of Kunskapsskolan USA. She has been active in innovating education since the 1990s, beginning in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she participated in designing and founding an alternative middle school. In addition, she has participated in founding three New York City charters. Peg holds a Master’s of Science in Special Education (Bank Street College) and Social Work (Columbia University), as well as a MSEd in School Leadership (Bank Street).
Grace Suh is Manager of Education Programs for Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs at the IBM Corporation. She also developed MentorPlace.org, an online mentoring program for young people. Prior to IBM, Suh worked at the Children’s Defense Fund where she focused primarily on child welfare policy. Suh has a Master’s in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Bachelor’s from Columbia University.
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