Partnership Program commemorates 30th anniversary with education dialogue

The Five College Schools Partnership will commemorate its 30th anniversary with an education dialogue on the topic, “What can we do locally about equity in our schools?” The first in a series of education dialogues, this event is being held 4–8 pm on Thursday, March 5 at the UMass Springfield Center in Springfield.

Partnership Program commemorates 30th anniversary with education dialogue“Every action matters and we know educators are already doing a lot to work on equity,” says Marla Solomon, director of the Five College Schools Partnership. “We want to provide a space where educators can identify issues and share ideas.

Solomon, who is organizing this event with Maria José Botelho, associate professor of Language, Literacy and Culture in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, says that the purpose of the dialogue is to create and strengthen alliances on equity issues in local schools.

Local educators—including leaders, teachers, teacher educators, and pre-service teachers—are invited participate in the event, which will include a conversation circle and working groups. Pasi Salhberg, author of Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? and visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education will co-facilitate with Botelho. They will provide global perspectives in response to local issues.

“We are reaching out to local K-12 leaders and educators engaged in social justice to participate,” says Botelho. “Examining local issues in the context of global trends can be enlightening.”

Dinner will be served, so registration is required for attendance. To register or learn more, visit