Sunday, April 3, 2011

Panel: Bullied No More? - Tues, April 12th at 1 pm in Barristers Hall

Presented by the Education Law Association & OutLaw

A string of teen suicides took the public by surprise in 2010 leading to, among other responses, a day of wearing purple to commemorate the victims and bring awareness to the growing issue of teen suicides due to bullying. Much of the critique has also pointed to anti-gay sentiment and burgeoning online social media as causes of the growing problem. Massachusetts dealt with its own ground-shattering case when, in early 2010, 15-year-old Phoebe Prince committed suicide after relentless bullying both at school and online. Since then Massachusetts has created anti-bullying legislation in hopes of preventing another tragedy within its state.

On Tuesday, April 12, come hear a panel comprising a regulator, an advocate, a parent and a student discuss the impetus for Massachusetts' anti-bullying legislation and the impact it has had, especially for the LGBT community.

Lunch will be served.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

LAST Hot Topic Discussion - In Loco Parentis - Mon, March 28th at 1 pm in Rm. 832


Are you a parent? Can you be a police officer? Have you been a teacher?
Can you handle being all three at the same time?

Increasingly, being a teacher means being a teacher as well as a police officer and a temporary parent. And increasingly, teachers are becoming legally liable for all three roles. But is that the right way - or even an advisable way - to reform our education system?

John Maynard Keynes once said that education is "the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent."

Come join us for our LAST HOT TOPIC DISCUSSION and tell us what YOU think about our education system today. PIZZA WILL BE SERVED.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Hot Topic Discussion - Civil Rights & Education - Thurs., March 10th at 1 pm in Rm. 832

Come grab some pizza and sit down to a Hot Topic discussion with the Education Law Association (ELA) about a still relevant issue: civil rights and education. Although we are almost 60 years removed from Brown vs. Board of Education, inequities in education still exist - for race, culture and special needs, among others. Join us for lunch on Thursday, March 10th to share your thoughts!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Career and Networking Event - Thurs, Feb 10th at 6-8 PM in Barristers Hall

After you've finally made it through three years of law school and survived the Bar, what do you do with that "Esq." then?

The Education Law Association proudly presents our annual Education Law Career and Networking Event! Whether you aspire to be in private practice or public service, you can find a path in education law - and all in the name of fostering our nation's youth!

Join us Thursday, February 10th at 6 PM for a casual discussion with 6 attorneys in various positions within the education law field. In attendance will be:
  • Kristen Daley, Boston Public Schools
  • Rebecca Ginzburg, BU General Counsel Office
  • Nicole Marie Merhill, US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
  • Eric D. Olick, US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
  • Liz Valerio, Deutsche Williams
  • Gina Yarbrough, MA Community Colleges Legal Office

The attire is business casual. Space is limited so RSVP to NOW to reserve your spot at the table!

Wendy Kopp (Teach for America), Tues, Feb 15th at 6 PM at BPL

A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn't in Providing an Excellent Education for All
A discussion with Wedny Kopp and David Gergen
Tuesday, February 15th | 6 PM | Boston Public Library - Copley Square, Rabb Lecture Hall

Join us as Teach For America founder Wendy Kopp discusses her new book, A Chance To Make History, with special guest David Gergen. This event is free and open to the public; however, space is limited. Priority seating will be given to those who RSVP.

Harvard Bookstore will be onsite to sell copies of A Chance to Make History. Teach For America is proud to partner with City Year, Education Pioneers, Stand for Children, and Teach Plus to present this event.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

A&E's TEACH Tony Danza, Fridays 10/9 Central

After making millions as a successful attorney, do you think you would go back to high school to teach?

On Fridays, you can catch TEACH featuring Tony Danza as he tries to teach 10th grade English at Northeast High School, an urban high school in Philadelphia, PA. You think you have watch it takes to teach? To fix the nation's public school systems? Already five episodes in, tune in on A&E to check out Mr. Danza's progress and ask yourself: what is it really like to teach in America today?

TEACH Tony Danza, Fridays 10/9 Central on A&E:

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Hot Topic Discussion - Dropout Factories: How to Fix Our Failing Schools - Thurs., Nov. 4th at 4:15 pm in Rm. 1470C

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times: America's schools are failing. But what do we DO about their failing?

This Thursday, join the Education Law Association as we try to figure out how to fix our nation's failing schools. Come with your ideas, your complaints (yes, even about that one high school teacher you couldn't stand because even THAT can be a key to change) or just your open minds.

Come because we want to ask YOU: how do we fix one of the biggest problems to face our nation in decades?

The Hot Topic meeting will be this Thursday, November 4 at 4:15 pm in Rm. 1470C.

We will have wings, tiramisu and other not-to-be-missed tasty treats, so come EAT, DISCUSS, AND BE MERRY!!

For some quick background on the topic, please check out these short articles:

Drive to Overhaul Low-Performing Schools Delayed (NYT 8/23/10)

Dramatic shake-up planned at 12 Boston public schools (Boston Globe 3/5/10)

The long road back (Boston Globe 9/10/07)

Supt. sets Friday deadline for Central Falls teachers (Providence Journal 2/11/10) - overview

Fired teachers defend theis positions (Providence Journal 3/24/10) - from the teachers' viewpoint

2 Central Falls students say they support reform (Providence Journal 3/11/10) - from the students' viewpoint

We hope to see you there!

ELA Board