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Fireside Chat on Equity and Excellence in Education
Hear from education leaders about closing the opportunity and achievement gap for students and guiding them to success in their educational career and beyond. Learn how Marquette is developing future educators who uphold the values of academic excellence, social justice, ethics, service, and cura personalis (care for the whole person), and how we are partnering with renowned educational voices and community leaders to elevate equity and excellence.

Sponsored by the College of Education, Institute for the Transformation of Learning, and the Hartman Literacy Center

Feb 23, 2023 04:15 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Heidi Bostic
Dean of the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education @Marquette University
Dr. Heidi Bostic is dean of the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education. She is committed to fostering interdisciplinary innovation; promoting the success of faculty, staff and students; and advocating for diversity and inclusion. Since joining the Marquette community in May 2020, Bostic has co-chaired the University Economic Planning Work Group on Administrative Structures, secured significant donor support for the college, engaged in strategic visioning, and supported research, public-facing work and high-impact student opportunities. She has been inducted as an honorary member into the Jesuit honor society Alpha Sigma Nu and Phi Beta Kappa Zeta of Wisconsin chapter. She has developed and taught interdisciplinary courses, including a section of the Marquette Core Curriculum culminating course on the Service of Faith and Promotion of Justice. During 2021–22 she is co-chairing Marquette’s Ignatian Year.
Dr. Howard Fuller, Grad ’85
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, College of Education @Marquette University
Howard Fuller’s career includes many years in both public service positions and the field of education. He founded the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University in 1995. In June of 2020, Dr. Fuller retired from Marquette University where he is now a Distinguished Professor Emeritus. Immediately before his appointment at Marquette University, Dr. Fuller served as the Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools June 1991 - June 1995. Dr. Fuller became nationally known for his unending support for fundamental educational reform. He has received numerous awards and recognition over the years, including four Honorary Doctorate Degrees. He serves on the Board of: Dr. Howard Fuller Collegiate Academy and Wisconsin Independent Charter School Advocates. His memoir, No Struggle No Progress was published in 2014.
Maya Payne Smart
Parent educator, literacy advocate, and the author of Reading for Our Lives: A Literacy Action Plan from Birth to Six
Maya Payne Smart is a parent educator, literacy advocate, and the author of Reading for Our Lives: A Literacy Action Plan from Birth to Six (Avery/Penguin Random House). Her website, MayaSmart.com, publishes new book lists, literacy activities, and other free family resources weekly to help parents play their dual roles as first teachers and educational advocates. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s in social studies with honors from Harvard University. She serves as affiliated faculty in Educational Policy and Leadership in the College of Education at Marquette University.
Dr. Gabriel Velez
Assistant Professor and Developmental Psychologist, Department of Educational Policy and Leadership (EDPL), College of Education @Marquette University
Gabriel Velez, PhD, is an assistant professor and developmental psychologist in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership (EDPL) in the College of Education at Marquette University. He also serves as the Faculty Director of the Black and Latino/a Ecosystem and Support Transition (BLEST) Hub at Marquette, and the Chair of the Faculty Research Team for the Center for Peacemaking. Dr. Velez studies identity development in adolescents, particularly in relation to civic development, human rights, and peace, including young people’s understandings and responses to peace education and restorative practices in their schools. Dr. Velez has published extensively on youth and restorative justice and peace education, including co-editing Restorative Justice: Promoting Peace and Wellbeing as part of the Springer Peace Psychology Book Series and a current book in development entitled Making Meaning of Justice and Peace: A Developmental Lens to Restorative Justice and Peace Education.
Dr. Cynthia Ellwood
Associate Clinical Professor, Educational Policy & Leadership; Coordinator, Marquette University Educational Leadership Program @Marquette University
Cynthia Ellwood is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership (EDPL) and the Coordinator of the Marquette University Educational Leadership Program. Having served the children and families of the Milwaukee Public Schools as a teacher, chief academic officer, principal, and regional superintendent for 29 years, she is now devoted to preparing educators from all school sectors for the demanding and meaningful work of school and district leadership. Her research and teaching focus on leading systemic transformation for equity. She is currently collaborating with EDPL colleague Dr. Sharon Chubbuck on a University of Chicago book, A Fight Worth Having: One School’s Unflinching Struggle for Racial Justice (anticipated 2024). The project received funding from the Spencer Foundation. Ellwood earned a BA in Communications, an MA in American History, an MA in Education, and a PhD in the Social Sciences of Education, all from Stanford University.
Dr. Robert Lowe
Professor Emeritus, College of Education @Marquette University
Robert Lowe is a historian of education who began his career as a faculty member at Miles College, a Historically Black institution in Fairfield, Alabama. He subsequently worked for nearly a decade in Marquette University’s Educational Opportunity Program and spent the last 20 years of his career as a professor in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership at Marquette. His research has focused on matters of race, class, and educational equity in historical perspective. He is co-author of the award-winning Public Schools in Hard Times: The Great Depression and Recent Years (Harvard University Press) and co-editor of Rethinking Schools: An Agenda for Change (The New Press). Lowe has an AB in history from the University of California-Berkeley, an EdM from Harvard University, an MA in History from Stanford University, and a PhD in the History of American Education from Stanford.