Hartwick's Education Club to Host Panel Discussion

September 16, 2013

Hartwick College's Education Department and The Society for the Enrichment & Education of Children (Education Club) will host a panel discussion from 6 - 8 p.m. on Monday, September 23 in the Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre on the Hartwick College campus. The event is free and open to the public.

"As a department and club we realize the importance of professional development and being life-long learners: this panel offers both the Oneonta community and the Hartwick community that chance," said President of the Hartwick College Education Club Kalindi Naslund '15. "I encourage all students, faculty and staff members, and local residents to attend this event because the current issues and educational amendments occurring now will affect educational practices in the years to come. It is vital that people are aware of the educational debates and that they value education enough to make it a priority."

The panel will address topics and issues central to several education program courses. The event will consist of short presentations by the panelists followed by a period of questions and comments from the audience. This controversial topic promises to generate much critical discussion and examination.

Panel members for this discussion will include:

  • Dr. John McKenna, Tonawanda Schools Superintendent
  • Dr. Mark Garrison, Professor, Education Policy & Research, D'Youville College
  • Mr. Ken Sider, Third Grade Teacher, Riverside Elementary School
  • Dr. Kjersti Van Slyke-Briggs, Associate Professor, English Education, SUNY-Oneonta
  • Elizabeth Brantley, Fourth Grade Student

"By sponsoring this panel both the Education Department and the Education Club (SEEC) wish to provide pre-service teachers, parents, current students, etc. with insight into current educational issues," added Naslund. "Additionally this panel seeks to give an opportunity to audience members to communicate concerns and ask questions to stakeholders - community members who can help expose educational issues and work toward change".

The Hartwick College Education Club is a student-led group dedicated to the enrichment and education of children of all ages. The club organizes and executes a broad collection of activities throughout the school year.

For additional information on the lecture, contact Associate Professor of Education Dr. Elizabeth Bloom at 607-434-5947 or at

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Valerie Capullo
Phone: 607-431-4031