Many community members believe no area is more urgently in need of change than education. The socio-economic impact and varied access to resources directly affects students based on the demographics of their student bodies. As we move forward, we are challenged with how to make long-lasting change and whether education is indeed a pathway to a more equal and equitable society.
American Public Square at Jewell and its Student Ambassadors hosted a conversation about education reform on April 28, 2022. Our panel discussed whether our schools are designed to prepare students for success in the 21st Century, and highlighted what role diversity plays in students’ vision of the ideal school.
The program was moderated by: Mará Rose Williams, Writer- The Kansas City Star Editorial Board.
Roving Reporter: Toriano Porter, Opinion Writer – The Kansas City Star
Distinguished panelists included:
- Zak Akagi-Bustin, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools
- Representative Chuck Basye, Missouri State Representative (District 47), Elementary and Secondary Education Committee Chairman
- Jason Roberts, Executive Board Member – Kansas City Federation of Teachers & School-Related Personnel
- Canise Salina-Willich, Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools
- Andy Wells, Missouri Chapter President – No Left Turn in Education
APS is especially excited to present this program, which is produced and supported by students participating in the 2021-22 Civics Education Initiative. Learn more.