Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Community Education Series: Ending the Education Crisis in America

The Community Education Series
hosted by Dr. Rafael Mendez, Ph.D. 
welcomes Carrie Lobman, Ed.D., and Bonny Gildin, Ph.D.

If we all pretended that kids who are failing in school were school achievers heading for college, would the education crisis in America be over? 


The most creative and innovative education leaders in the country know that developmental experiences put kids on the road to becoming good learners. Classroom learning can't substitute for development, and kids who come to school without these rich experiences don't learn what schools are teaching. Here's where pretending comes in. Thirty years ago, Drs. Lenora Fulani and Fred Newman founded supplemental after-school development programs to give poor inner-city kids opportunities to pretend their way to growth, and become who and what they're pretending to be. The continued success of this approach prompted them to write "Let's Pretend: Solving the Education Crisis in America." Their two colleagues, Carrie Lobman and Bonny Gildin will share with you what Fulani and Newman have to say, why it's so controversial, and how it can help transform our children's lives.

Bonny L Gildin, Ph.D. is vice president for education initiatives and senior development officer of the All Stars Project, Inc. Dr. Gildin is currently working to extend the reach of the All Stars' innovative developmental after-school model by training the next generation of youth workers and non-profit leaders through university partnerships and the establishment of an Institute for the Study of Play in Newark, NJ.

Carrie Lobman, Ed.D. is associate professor at the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education and director of pedagogy at the East Side Institute for Group and Short Term Psychotherapy. As a leading researcher on play, performance and learning, Dr. Lobman works with educators in the US and internationally in schools and with professional associations including the American Educational Research Association, The Association for the Study of Play and the International Society for Cultural and Activity Research. She is co-author of Unscripted Learning: Using Improvisation Across the K-8 Curriculum.

Friday, May 6, 2011, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
106 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn 11217
(C train to Lafayette Ave or any train to Atlantic Ave)
Suggested Donation: $10
Seating is on a first come/first served basis. RSVP to Rafael Mendez

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