Engaging the Conversation

Our very own Jamie Rosenberg participated as a panelist at Incite’s  Ad Week IX! Jamie was a panelist on the ‘How Marketers Shape the Social Agenda’ panel. . The discussion focused on the ways marketing and media have become critical tools in the fight to keep education reform on America’s social agenda.

Jamie, shared the panel with media experts and leaders of today’s education movements including  Jennifer Kim Field, the Executive Director, Global Partnerships & Marketing for United Nations Foundation, Susan Dawson, the President & Executive Director of  E3 Alliance, Leslie A. Cornfeld, Chair for the NYC Mayor’s Task Force on Truancy, Chronic Absenteeism & School Engagement  and Robert Enlow, President & CEO of The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.

Watch the full discussion here

In addition to the panel, Jamie also shared his poignant insights on American education reform in his most recent blog for the Huffington Post, The Elephant in the Classroom.

In the piece, Jamie expounds on the recent study from the Center on Budget & Policy Prioirites. The study showed that budget numbers for our schools are even worse now than the were in 2008 (the worst year of the recession).

35 states show school funding at less than 2008 levels, but education doesn’t appear to be a top priority for top officials.  Although, everyone agrees that a comprehensive education is paramount, it seems a lot of the conversation isn’t going as in depth as needed.

Our children deserve an educational experience that will prepare them to lead the country. In order to accomplish that, we need to continue the dialogue. But we’ll also need to engage the conversation amongst our top legislative and administrative officials as well.