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Forum 2009 Overview

Forum 2009: Education and the American Future

New York City
October 21-23, 2009

Thank you for making this year’s Forum one of the best ever! 

Nearly 2,000 educators from public and private secondary schools, colleges, universities, and non-profits, attend the conference, which offered a wide range of opportunities to explore the most pressing concerns in this time of economic uncertainty and unprecedented change.

For highlights from the conference, please click on the links for the Forum Dailies, which are listed on the right.

Please see below for an overview of each day of Forum 2009.

And…  We’ll see you next October in our nation’s capitol for Forum 2010.

Overview of Forum Highlights 

Wednesday, October 21:

Thursday, October 22:

  • The annual Inspiration Awards featured television journalist and author of  The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of ObamaGwen Ifill.
  • The popular  College Fair  and  Roundtable  sessions gave educators a chance to meet and talk informally.
  • At Thursday night’s Arts at the Core evening event, we heard from  Ugly Betty  star and arts education advocate  Tony Plana. Talented high school and college students from across the Northeast performed throughout the evening.
  • See a detailed list of  Thursday’s breakout sessions and workshops.

Friday, October 23:

  • New School President  Bob Kerrey  presented the Ted Kennedy Award from the National Commission on Writing to presidential speechwriter and historian  Ted Sorensen. Philadelphia Schools Superintendent  Arlene Ackerman  joined Kerrey and Sorensen to discuss the importance of writing.
  • See a detailed list of  Friday’s breakout sessions and workshops.


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