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Into the Second Century: Continuing SSA’s Tradition of Improving Urban Education

Symposium Agenda

November 15, 2008
SSA Building Lobby

Light Breakfast and Registration

8:00 to 8:30 am

Opening Address

8:30 to 8:50 am

Session 1: Building Social Supports, Identity, and Resilience

9:00 to 10:30

Chair: Charles Payne

  • Margaret Beale Spencer, Professor, University of Pennsylvania and Professor, University of Chicago
  • Bryan Samuels, Chief of Staff, Chicago Public Schools
  • Paul Fagen, Office of High School Programs, Chicago Public Schools (SSA Graduate)
  • Jen Loudon, Chicago Public Schools, Office of Specialized Services (SSA Graduate)
  • Sybil Madison-Boyd, Director, Elementary School Partnerships, Urban Education Initiative of the University of Chicago


10:30 to 10:45 am

Session 2: Emerging Models for School Social Work Practice

10:45 to 12:15

Chair: Michael Woolley

  • Sarah Duncan, Coordinator, Community Schools Program at SSA
  • April Porter, Director, School Social Work Programs at SSA (SSA Graduate)
  • Lo Patrick, School Social Worker, Donoghue Elementary (SSA Graduate)
  • Michael Kristovic, School Social Worker, Perspectives Charter Schools
  • Vivian Loseth, Executive Director, Youth Guidance


12:15 to 1:30 pm

Session 3: Creating Transformational Communities

1:30 to 3:00 pm

Chair: Tim Knowles

  • Barbara Crock, Director, Woodlawn High School
  • Shayne Evans, Assistant Director, Carter G. Woodson Middle School
  • John Horan, George W. Collins High School
  • Jane Quinn, Assistant Executive Director of Community Schools, The Children’s Aid Society
  • Greg Mooney, Executive Director, Gary Comer Youth Center


3:00 to 3:15 pm

Session 4: Pathways to the Future

3:15 to 4:45 pm

Chair: Melissa Roderick

  • Ted Christians, Umoja Student Development Corporation
  • Lila Leff, Umoja Student Development Corporation
  • Greg Darnieder, CPS Office of Postsecondary Education and Student Development
  • Margaret Small, Young Women’s Leadership Charter School
  • John Fanning, Counselor, Jones College Preparatory School (SSA Graduate)

Closing Remarks

4:45 to 5:00 pm


5:00 to 6:00 pm

Light refreshments and time for unstructured discussions among panel members and attendees.

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Michael E. Woolley

Michael E. Woolley

Melissa Roderick

Melissa Roderick

Charles M. Payne

Charles M. Payne