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Dr. Frederic M. N. Bertley, Ph.D., Vice President of Science and Innovation, along with Jessica Jones, Franklin Institute and SLA Coordinator for EduCon 2.3, help make this conference partnership work. Lehmann introduced our morning Keytnote Speaker, Leroy Nunery, Deputy Chief of Philadelphia schools as the person who makes education work in the field.
You can find Nunery's PowerPoint presentation here.
stimulus money and investments in education, but Nunery cites the AYP met is investable money in the right place. The challenge today is to find the way to continue the success.
The private sector in education is what other businesses face. We have competition. Brick-and-mortar charter schools and cyberschools are growing robust environments. Parents are a part of these decisions about students not traveling across the city. Blended environments are becoming the tool of the day through technology, and that is the strength of technology enabling equity. Facing us is competition in technology as well. We need to offer value proposition; what is the value of what you provide for a public good for education? Some resources are now free. Is education a commodity? Do we offer something that you cannot get anywhere else. It's how you structure the educational package and bring it to the people who want it.
Another concept that the district is trying to explain to the public is consolidation. Resource efficiencies enable better utilization of staff and specials. Program realignment can improve access by eliminating redundancy by repurposing available resources for emerging and unnique programs of study. Service alignment improves maintenance and custodial services by prioritizing capital schedule and expenditures, including revising transportation services. Finally, program enhancement by better populated schools that can yield greater academic program offerings and opportunities for students. Philadelphia is far flung geographically, but Nunery wants equity in all of the above, not resource-starved schools.
Utilization and facility conditions looks at a matrix of buildings and how they are used despite how they were built out. Low utilization and high conditions of maintenance may mean that some schools are closed or repurposed.