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U.S. and Virginia Education Politics, Policies, and Prose: Panel Discussion Among Educators

U.S. and Virginia Education Politics, Policies, and Prose: Panel Discussion Among Educators

 Dr. Mark R. Ginsberg serves as the provost and executive vice president of George Mason University. Dr. Ginsberg joined the university in 2010 as the dean of the College of Education and Human Development, and his career spans more than a 40-year period as a professor, psychologist, and skilled administrator. He has published extensively in the areas of education, psychology, human development and human services.

Dr. Debra Lane has been an educator for more than 30 years, as a teacher and administrator in the U.S. and abroad. She has led several schools as principal, including most recently at one of the world’s leading international schools, Shanghai American School. She holds a BS from Baylor University, Master’s degrees from Virginia Tech and George Mason University, and an EdD from the University of Virginia. Dr. Lane was nominated as Virginia Principal of the Year and won the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Educator of the Year Award in 2009.

Dr. Pat Murphy served over 34 years in public education in leadership roles from a classroom teacher to school superintendent in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Dr. Murphy served over 14 years as an adjunct professor teaching courses at George Mason University, Shenandoah University, Virginia Polytechnic University, and University of Virginia in Master’s and Doctorate programs. He currently serves Montgomery County Public Schools in the role of deputy superintendent.

Roberto Pamas is an associate professor of Education Leadership and Director of the Office of TeacherTrack in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Prior to his current position, he served over 30 years as a K-12 public school educator, working as a teacher of World Languages and English as a Second Language, assistant principal, and principal in Fairfax County Public Schools. He has previously served as an adjunct faculty for University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. Dr. Pamas received his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech.

Tanji Reed Marshall, Ph.D. is the director of p-12 practice, leading Ed Trust’s Equity in Motion assignment analysis work. Prior to joining Ed Trust, Tanji worked in the Office of Academic Programs at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Before joining Virginia Tech, Tanji worked as a district-level literacy specialist in Charlotte–Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina, where she supported middle schools across the district. Tanji holds a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech, a Master’s degree in English education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Boston College.

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Cosponsored by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University (OLLI Mason). 

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Monday, May 1, 2023
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