Past Event

Our School–What it's Done, What it's Doing

Why do we have public schools?

It’s a direct enough question that’s rarely asked when conversations around education become heated.

In this program, the first in the yearlong, statewide series Continuing Ed.: Parents and the Future of Illinois Public Schools, Harvard professor Danielle Allen considers public education’s past to think through its purpose and possibilities in the present. Sharing additional perspectives are former Department of Education Assistant Secretary Peter Cunningham, UChicago Charter CEO Shayne Evans, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council Executive Director Patrick Brosnan, Kenwood Academy student Laurence Minter, and Senn High School principal Mary Beck.

How can we change our schools for the better if we don’t first ask why we have them, what they’ve done, and what they can do?

N.B. – Please use the Glenwood Ave. entrance to Senn High School

More on Continuing Ed.: Parents and the Future of Illinois Public Schools

Continuing Ed. is a yearlong, statewide series working with parents, schools, and communities across the state – in Chicago, Decatur, Elgin, and Jackson County to move the conversation about public education back to parents. All Chicago events will be moderated by Laura Washington (Chicago Sun-Times). For the complete schedule and more information, see

If you require a sign interpreter or any other arrangements to fully participate in this program, please contact at least 72 hours in advance of the event. For more information, please call (312)422-5580.