Gail Borden Public Library District

270 N Grove Ave

United States

Roundtable Discussion on the Purpose of Public Education
Illinois Humanities Council

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Join us for the culminating Continuing Ed. program in Elgin – a roundtable with ten local elected officials, journalists, faith leaders, students, and community leaders that uses a short text by Robert Hutchins to ask:

What should we expect from public education and what can families do to help their schools achieve that promise?

Daylan Caldwell – Bartlett High School student
Tish Calhamer – Gail Borden Public Library Readers Services Librarian
Mike Demovsky – Bartlett High School Principal
Rev. Nathaniel Edmond – Second Baptist Church of Elgin Pastor
Julia McClendon – YWCA Elgin CEO
Karen Merchant – Bartlett High School parent
Tracy Occomy Crowder – Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI) Senior Organizer
Tony Sanders – School District U-46 CEO & Interim Superintendent
Madeline Villalobos – Hispanic Parent Leadership Institute alum
David Sam – Elgin Community College

More on Continuing Ed.: Parents and the Future of Illinois Public Schools
Continuing Ed. is a yearlong, statewide series working with parents, schools, and communities across the state – in Chicago, Decatur, Elgin, and southern Illinois to move the conversation about public education back to parents. All roundtable discussions will be moderated by Joseph Coulson and Don Whitfield of The Great Books Foundation. For the complete schedule and more information, see


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