Raj Vinnakota to kick off program, panel discussion on urban education Nov. 9
MILWAUKEE – Nationally renowned education entrepreneur Rajiv Vinnakota will be Marquette University’s social entrepreneur in residence, Nov. 7-13. The co-founder and managing director of the SEED Foundation Inc. will spend a week working with students and faculty across campus on socially responsible innovation as part of the university’s Social Entrepreneurship Initiative.
The highlight of the week will be High Success with High Needs Kids, a one-day series of programs on urban education innovation and reform, Tuesday, Nov. 9, beginning at 8 a.m. in the Eckstein Hall appellate courtroom, 1215 W. Michigan St.
The day will commence with Vinnakota’s presentation, Social Impact Through Innovation: Urban Education Reform. Following his speech will be a panel discussion at 10:45 a.m., Local Paths to High Success for High-Need Students. Panelists include: Clavon Byrd, principal, Lloyd Street Global Education School; Heidi A. Ramirez, chief academic officer, Milwaukee Public Schools; Robb Rauh, principal, Milwaukee College Preparatory School; and Marcia Spector, executive director, Seeds of Health, Inc.
From noon to 1:30 p.m., National Teacher of the Year and founder of the Hobart Shakespeareans Rafe Esquith will discuss his passion for and successes in urban education in Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire.
That evening, a reception and program with Esquith will be held at 6 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave. A performance by the Hobart Shakespeareans, a public school classroom designed to improve the quality of life for economically disadvantaged children, will follow.
Registration is required by Nov. 1 for this free, public event. A complete schedule and registration is available online.
Vinnakota’s full residency schedule is also available online.
Media interested in attending any of the Nov. 9 programs or interviewing Vinnakota should contact Christopher Stolarski in the Office of Marketing and Communication at (414) 288-1988 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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