“Equity in Education: The Transformative Power of a Strong Middle School Foundation”

Via a kind Matthew Frankel email:

Philadelphia, PA – October 4, 2017 – Young Scholars Charter School will bring together city and national leaders in the area of education, on Wednesday, October 11th, to help launch its first annual education forum, which hopes to kick off a series of needed discussions showcasing the challenges, aspirations and innovative best practices occurring across our nation’s schools.

The theme of this year’s inaugural event will be “Equity in Education: The Transformative Power of a Strong Middle School Foundation,” and will include noted policy leaders and experts such as W. Curtis Thomas, Pennsylvania State Representative, 181st Legislative District; Paul Harrington, Labor Economist, Professor and Director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy at Drexel University; David Hardy, Founder, Boys Latin Charter School; Patty Alper, Author of Teach to Work, Rachel Willis, Founder and CEO, Elevating Equity; and TL Hill, Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Managing Director of the Fox Management Consulting Practice at Temple University, Fox School of Business.

The event, which will be moderated by Winston J. Churchill, Managing General Partner of SCP Partners and Chairman of the Board at Young Scholars Charter School, will include a discussion of research and programs across sectors that are positioning adolescents in urban centers for post-secondary success.

“We are thrilled to launch our Annual Young Scholars Education Forum with a discussion highlighting the importance of a middle school education, specifically for our nation’s traditionally underserved youth” stated Mr. Churchill.

“The purpose of these forums is to create a positive environment where city and national leaders can come together for a transparent best practices discussion that can ultimately serve as a learning hub for schools across the city. While there is great work happening across Philadelphia, more collaborative spaces to learn, share and innovate need to exist if we are going to create true and equitable access to opportunity. We hope that through sharing challenges and successes in the field, having honest dialogue and exploring ways to accelerate and amplify change, these forums will serve as a catalyst for greater information sharing, formation of partnerships and the birth of innovative ideas for our students and families,” shared John Amenda, Executive Director, Young Scholars Charter School.


Annual Young Scholar Education Forum – “Equity in Education: The Transformative Power of a Strong Middle School Foundation”


Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 3:00 pm.


Young Scholars Charter School, 900 N Marshall St, Philadelphia, PA 19123