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For Immediate Release
October 03, 2017

IPFW's UC2 Holds Panel Discussion on K–12 Education

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne’s (IPFW) University Community Conversation (UC2) presents “Caring for K–12—A UC2 Panel Discussion” on Thursday, October 5, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. in Neff Hall, Room 101.

UC2 is a program in public engagement sponsored by the university’s Institute for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors. The goal of UC2 is to bring together experts from the campus and the community to tackle topics that pertain to northeast Indiana. This year, UC2 will focus events on how we care for the community.

This panel is the second of four events scheduled for fall 2017 and focuses on issues that affect student learning in K–12 education and the concept of creating a caring educational community. In her book, The Challenge to Care in Schools (1992), Nel Noddings argued: “The first job of the schools is to care for our children. We should educate our children not only for competence but also for caring. Our aim should be to encourage the growth of competent, caring, loving, and lovable people.” So, what does it mean to create a caring educational community for student, teachers, administrators, staff, parents, and the community? What are the challenges?

“Caring for K–12 in Fort Wayne—A UC2 Panel Discussion” will address three issues related to educational experience, including what students need for a successful learning environment and how the concept of care can create better student outcomes; what teachers need for creating a successful learning environment and what it means to care for teachers; and how parents, administrators, and the community can approach the topic of care in the community. The discussion moderator will be Isabel Nuñez, professor and chair of educational studies.

Panelist include:

  • Samantha McGlennen, Summit Middle School math teacher and IPFW graduate
  • Jamie Drake, continuing lecturer of Spanish and former instructor at Carroll and Northrop high schools
  • Matthew Perkins, assistant professor of science education
  • Pam Reese, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders
  • Jens Clegg, associate professor of Spanish

This event is free and open to the public. There will be time for audience questions at the end of the presentation.

For additional information, contact Stephen Buttes at 260-481-6630 or