Join the 2022 BU Wheelock Forum, March 31–April 1

Join BU Wheelock and the Wheelock Education Policy Center (WEPC) on March 31 and April 1 for the 2022 BU Wheelock Forum: Examining How Teacher Workforce Policies Shape an Equity-Centered Education. We’ll discuss the ways that policy-relevant, partner-driven research can enhance our understanding of how various policies impact the diversity and quality of the teacher workforce.

This program will balance research highlights from the BU Wheelock community, in-depth conversations with teachers and policymakers, and commentary from national leaders.

Thursday, March 31, 4–8 pm
In-person with live-stream

Friday, April 1, 9 am–1 pm


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Day 1: Shortages, shifts, and stability in the Massachusetts educator workforce amid the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Keynote speaker: Kate Walsh, President, National Council on Teacher Equality
  • Featured research presentation: COVID Pandemic and the Massachusetts Teacher Workforce with Andrew Bacher-Hicks and Olivia Chi
  • Discussion panel, including Jeffrey Riley, Massachusetts Commissioner; Priya Tahiliani, Superintendent of Everett Public Schools; Jessica Tang, President, Boston Teachers Union
  • Fireside Chat with recent Massachusetts Teachers of the Year
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Day 2: Workforce policies and the understudied impact on teachers serving English learners and students with disabilities

  • Keynote speaker: Juliana Urtubey, 2021 National Teacher of the Year and Special Education teacher from Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Lightning talks/Breakout sessions: Supporting English learners and students with disabilities
  • Featured speaker: Roberto Rodriguez, Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education
  • Discussion panel, including: Brandon Cardet-Hernandez, Executive Director of the Ivy Street School & Boston School Committee Member; Alicia
  • Gatewood, Senior Director of Student Supports and Accessibility for Indiana Department of Education; and Roberto Rodriguez


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