Focus on Education Episodes

In February 2013, EPLC and the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) began our partnership for “Focus on Education”, the monthly program focusing on education issues in Pennsylvania.  EPLC President Ron Cowell serves as moderator and host for each show.  Episodes typically air initially on the second Sunday of each month at 3:00 p.m., and then re-broadcast a couple of times at the discretion of PCN.  The current and previous shows are available here “on demand”.  Past episodes have featured the topics and panelists listed below.  To watch an episode, click the link next to the title or topic that interests you.

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October 2014 – “Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network” and “Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania” - Click here to watch the show.

Panel 1 of 2 Panels: “Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network”

  • Shileste Overton-Morris, Director, Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network and Senior Program Development and Organization Manager, Center for Schools and Communities; and
  • Jeanne Miller, Director, Lehigh Carbon Community College Carbon and Schuylkill  SHINE 21st Century After-School Program

Panel 2 of 2 Panels: “Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania”

  • Jenny L. Hershour, Managing Director, Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania

September 2014 – “Paying for College in Pennsylvania” and “School Employees Pension Crisis” - Click here to watch the show.

Panel 1 of 2 Panels: “Paying for College in Pennsylvania”

  • Gregory L. Gearhart, Past President, PA Association of Student Financial Administrators and Director of Financial Aid, Messiah College;
  • Sonya Mann-McFarlane, Higher Education Access Partner, PHEAA Division of PA School Services; and
  • Kathleen F. McGrath, Esq., Bureau Director, PA 529 College Savings Program, Pennsylvania Treasury Department

Panel 2 of 2 Panels: “School Employees Pension Crisis”

  • Jeffrey B. Clay, Executive Director, Pennsylvania, Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS);
  • Jay D. Himes, CAE, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials; and
  • State Representative Mike Tobash, 125th Legislative District – Schuylkill/Berks Counties, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

July 2014 – Teaching In Pennsylvania - Click here to watch the show.

  • Dr. Theresa Barnaby, Director, Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality, PA Department of Education;
  • Ryan Devlin, 2013 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year and Brockway Area High School English and Technology Teacher;
  • Dolores McCracken, PSEA Treasurer, Council Rock Education Foundation Treasurer, and parent education advocate; and
  • Dr. Sally A. Winterton, President, Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators.

June 2014 – Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education After 60 Years - Click here to watch the show.

  • Homer C. Floyd, Former Executive Director, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission;
  • Rhonda Brownstein, Esq., Executive Director, Education Law Center; and
  • Erica Frankenberg, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Education Policy Studies, Penn State University

May 2014 – PA Charter Schools: Opportunties and Questions - Click here to watch the show.

  • Rep. James R. Roebuck, Jr., Democratic Chairman, PA House Education Committee;
  • Maurice “Reese” Flurie, Ed.D., CEO, Commonwealth Connections Academy;
  • Lawrence F. Jones, Jr., Founding CEO, Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School and President, Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools; and
  • Nathan G. Mains, Executive Director, Pennsylvania School Boards Association

April 2014 – Public and School Libraries in Pennsylvania – Click here to watch the show.

  • Mary Kay Biagini, Ph.D., Director, School Library Certification Program and Associate Professor of Library and Information Science, University of Pittsburgh;
  • Eileen Kern, President, Pennsylvania School Librarians Association; and
  • Janis Stubbs, President, Pennsylvania Library Association and Assistant Director/District Consultant, Delaware County Library System

March 2014 – Pre-K and Early Education in Pennsylvania - Click here to watch the show.

  • Tracey Campanini, Director, Bureau of Early Learning Services, Office of Child Development & Early Learning, Pennsylvania Department of Education;
  • Michelle Figlar, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children;
  • Blair Hyatt, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Head Start Association; and
  • Philip A. Peterson, FSA, Partner at Aon Hewitt and co-creator of the Aon/United Way of Southeastern PA Hand-in-Hand Award for quality child care in the business community, and former co-chair of the Early Learning Investment Commission

February 2014 – Governor Corbett’s Proposed Budget for Education - Click here to watch the show.

  • Sharon Ward, Executive Director, The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center;
  • Jay D. Himes, CAE, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials;
  • Jim Buckheit, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators; and
  • Dr. Judith A.W. Thomas, Immediate Past Dean, School of Social Sciences and Behavioral Studies and Professor of Education, Lincoln University

December 2013 – Parents As Advocates for Children and Education (Re-Air of earlier program) – Click here to watch the show.

  • Deborah Dunstone, President, Pennsylvania PTA;
  • Sylvia P. Simms, Founder and President of PARENT POWER and Commissioner, School Reform Commission, The School District of Philadelphia;
  • Bonita Allen, Former Member, Pennsylvania Title I State Parent Advisory Council and now a SPAC Parent Involvement in Education Consultant; and
  • Kurt A. Kondrich, M.Ed., Chair, Pennsylvania State Interagency Coordinating Council and Director of Family and Community Outreach, Early Intervention Specialists

November 2013 – Special Education: Student Rights and Services - Click here to watch the show.

  • Maureen Cronin, Executive Director, The Arc of Pennsylvania;
  • Kay Lipsitz, Director, Parent Education Network; and
  • Linda O. Rhen, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Special Education, Behavioral Sciences, and Education at Penn State Harrisburg and Former Director of Special Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education

October 2013 – Arts and Education - link coming soon!

  • Clyde Mills McGeary, Former Chief, Division of Arts and Sciences, Pennsylvania Department of Education;
  • Jamie Kasper, Associate Director, Arts Education Collaborative;
  • Dr. Richard D. Nilsen, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

September 2013 – Parents As Advocates for Children and Education - Click here to watch the show.

  • Deborah Dunstone, President, Pennsylvania PTA;
  • Sylvia P. Simms, Founder and President of PARENT POWER and Commissioner, School Reform Commission, The School District of Philadelphia;
  • Bonita Allen, Former Member, Pennsylvania Title I State Parent Advisory Council and now a SPAC Parent Involvement in Education Consultant; and
  • Kurt A. Kondrich, M.Ed., Chair, Pennsylvania State Interagency Coordinating Council and Director of Family and Community Outreach, Early Intervention Specialists

June 2013 – High School Drop-Out Rates – link coming soon!

  • Nathan G. Mains, President & State Director, Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania;
  • Pedro A. Rivera, Superintendent, School District of Lancaster; and
  • David Kerr, Regional Vice President of External Affairs, AT&T Pennsylvania

May 2013 – How Public Education Is Funded In Pennsylvania Click here to watch the show.

  • Joe Bard, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools;
  • Dr. Paula Hess, Former Senior Education Advisor, Pennsylvania House of Representatives; and
  • Laura Cowburn, Past President of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials and Assistant to the Superintendent for Business Services and Board Secretary with the Columbia Borough School District

April 2013 – The Work of School Boards In Pennsylvania – link coming soon!

  • Marcela Diaz Myers, President, Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA);
  • Pamela M. Price, Director of Board Development Services, PSBA; and
  • Roberta M. Marcus, President and Master School Board Director, Parkland School District

March 2013 – Student Testing – link coming soon!

  • Kristen Lewald, PVAAS Statewide Project Manager, Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13; and
  • Stinson Stroup, Education Services Manager, Pennsylvania State Education Association

February 2013 – School Violence – link coming soon!

Panel 1 of 2 Panels: “School Violence and Safety Issues”

  • Michael E. Allison, Principal of Hopewell High School (Aliquippa, PA) and Former President of the Pennsylvania Elementary and Secondary School Principals;
  • Lynn M. Cromley, Director, Center for Schools and Communities / Center for Safe Schools; and
  • Dr. Robert B. Cormany, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of Pupil Services Administrators

Panel 2 of 2 Panels: “Should School Staff Have the Right to Carry Guns?”

  • Dolores McCracken, Treasurer, Pennsylvania State Education Association, Council Rock Education Foundation Treasuer, and parent education advocate;
  • Representative Greg Lucas, the prime sponsor of legislation that would allow teachers to carry concealed weapons in schools if they meet certain requirements. He is also a former teacher, a gun enthusiast, and he is resident of Edinboro, PA; and
  • Police Officer John Bruner from Washington County, PA who has studied Active Shooter Phenomena, provided lectures on the topic, and helped to develop Crisis Response Plans and simulated (mock) Active Shooter Incidents in high schools

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