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The Education of the Urban Child

Urban Child Symposium - April 7, 2016

Angelos Law Center - Moot Courtroom - 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


The University of Baltimore Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts (CFCC) presented its eighth annual Urban Child symposium on April 7, 2016. This year’s symposium focused on the education of the urban child.

There are few, if any, aspects of a community's well-being more important than the quality of its public education. Education has an impact on every aspect of life: from employment rates to crime rates, from the number of houses bought to the number of teen pregnancies. We know that to have healthy and productive communities, education must be our first priority, particularly in low-income, urban neighborhoods. This symposium examines some of the most difficult challenges facing Baltimore and other large urban areas as they confront troubled schools and the children and families they serve.

The Eighth Annual Urban Child Symposium Keynote Speaker was  James Cole, Jr. , General Counsel, Delegated Duties of Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education.


Panel One: Educational Equality/Poverty


  • Jenny Egan , Assistant Public Defender, Juvenile Division, Office of the Public Defender, Baltimore City
  • Cassie Motz , Executive Director, College Bound
  • Bebe Verdery , Director, Education Reform Project, ACLU of Maryland
  • Karen Webber , Director, Education and Youth Development, Open Society Institute-Baltimore

Moderator:        Gloria Danziger , Senior Fellow, CFCC

 Panel Two: Special Needs, School Attendance and Parent and Community Engagement


  • Moshe Berry, School Social Worker, Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins  Partnership School
  • Monisha Cherayil Attorney, Public Justice Center
  • Katherine Davis,  Attorney, CFCC Truancy Court Program
  • Pat Halle, Paralegal, Maryland Disability Law Center
  • Robert Nixon, Community Organizer, Youth as Resources

Moderator:      Michele Hong-Polansky, Program Specialist, CFCC


Other speakers included:

Kurt L. Schmoke , President, University of Baltimore
Ronald Weich , Dean, University of Baltimore School of Law
Barbara A. Babb , Associate Professor of Law and Director, CFCC

Thank you for your interest in the 2016 Urban Child Symposium!