Superintendent William Hite Talks Education Reform With Drexel’s Future Educators

Students pursuing a career in education have aspirations of making an impact and helping enrich the lives of the next generations. For several years, Philadelphia’s public schools and the School District of Philadelphia have worked to address the unique challenges that face urban schools, educators and students – and next week – Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite, EdD, will join other representatives of the district and the School Reform Commission for a panel discussion with Drexel University students.

Drexel’s School of Education and the Drexel Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education will kick off Career Week 2018 on Monday, April 2 at 4- 6 p.m. with a panel discussion between Hite, the School Reform Commission and other district representatives at the ExCITE Center (3401 Market Street, first floor). Students will be able to share their experiences in learning and working in public school classrooms and ask questions related to their career goals.

“Dr. Hite brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in education that is a tremendous benefit for our students,” said Nancy Songer, PhD, dean of Drexel’s School of Education. “We are so thankful to have him visit campus and share his wise advice with our students who will soon be leading their own classrooms.”

Less than several months ago, Drexel announced a partnership between its School of Education and the School District of Philadelphia Office of Specialized Services (OSS) to develop aspiring special education leaders, poised to address the unique challenges facing students and teachers in the complex urban education environment.

“The district is filled with devoted teachers and staff who are committed to a standard of excellence – we are eager to network, listen and collaborate with these students, the next generation of educators who will continue to strive for the advancement of our schools and fight to provide the best learning environment for our students,” said William Hite, EdD, Philadelphia School District Superintendent.

District employees Louis Bellardine, chief talent officer, Terri Rita, deputy chief of Talent and Shawn Bird, EdD, chief schools officer, will also be present during Career Week 2018 – speaking to teacher education students, DragonsTeach students, and DragonsTeach Middle Years students about the teaching profession, giving them advice for their career and letting them know about job opportunities at the District.

At Career Week 2018, representatives from several area school districts will visit Drexel to meet with students, review resumes and conduct interviews. Click here to see the full schedule.



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