The 19th Represents
Public Ed in the Pandemic
Wednesday, Oct. 21 • 1-4 p.m. CT
No issue is more critical to children and families right now than public education, with a global pandemic that’s keeping many kids home from school, forcing many women out of the workplace, and exposing — and worsening — massive disparities in educational advancement and opportunity.
Join us Oct. 21 from 1-4 p.m. CT for an afternoon of free virtual programming, where The 19th will elevate diverse voices, hear from national leaders, and explore creative solutions to help parents and educators help kids. View the full schedule and our outstanding lineup of speakers. Registration is absolutely free!
- U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
- Moderator: Amanda Becker, Washington correspondent, The 19th
- Former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings
- Moderator: Andrea Valdez, editor in chief, The 19th
Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile and student musicians from the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles: “The Joke”
The COVID generation
How underserved children are being left behind in the at-home era — and what we can do about it
- Dr. Sharon L. Contreras, Superintendent of Guilford County Schools, NC
- U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes of Connecticut
- Luz Chaparro Hernandez, Teacher, Milwaukee Public Schools, WI
- Susan Hudson, Teacher, Thornton Township HS District 205, IL
- Moderator: Barbara Rodriguez, Statehouses Reporter, The 19th
Actor Natalie Portman: Selected readings from her new children’s book “Natalie Portman’s Fables”
Teachers on the frontline
How educators and administrators are risking their health — and sanity — to keep kids on course
- Dr. Ryan Daniel, Elementary School Principal, Prince George’s County Public Schools, MD
- Tanya Suydam, Principal, Baboquivari Secondary Campus
- Loni Watson, High School Counselor, Chadron Public Schools, NE
- Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers
- Moderator: Chabeli Carrazana, Economy Reporter, The 19th
Helping parents and teachers help kids
- Dr. Joyce Dorado, Director and Co-Founder of the Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools program at the University of California San Francisco
- Moderator: Cara Fitzpatrick, Story Editor, Chalkbeat
See yourself on the big screen
Are you a parent balancing schooling, child care and work in the pandemic?
We want to elevate your voice. Share your experience with our 19th community. We may feature your story during our upcoming virtual programming.