Is Innovation The Key To Improving Our Schools?
Join Us for a Screening and Panel Discussion
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Join East Tennessee PBS for a screening of School, Inc. followed by a special panel discussion with leaders in education here in East Tennessee. We'll discuss the film and what our area is doing to improve the state of education and where innovation can help and where it can't.
The film, School, Inc. - A Personal Jouney with Andrew Coulson, produced by the Cato Institute, asks the question, why doesn't education use innovation to grow like a successful business? We'll further the discussion with our panelists, Dr. Jon Rysewyk of Knox County Schools, Dr. Jack Talmadge of The Episcopal School of Knoxville and Ms. Patricia Rutenberg of The University of Tennessee, and focus on what's currently being done in both private, public and secondary education and where does opportunity to improve exist.
Tickets are free, however we encourage you to reserve your seat here. Light refreshments will be provided by The Episcopal School of Knoxville.
Our Panelists include:
|Dr. Jon Rysewyk||Dr. Patricia Rutenberg||Dr. Jack Talmadge|
Dr. Jon Rysewyk is the Chief Academic Officer for Knox County Schools. Dr. Rysewyk began his career with Knox County Schools in 2002 as a teacher and department head at Karns High School.
He went on to become an exemplary principal at Fulton High School before serving as supervisor of secondary education for Knox County Schools, and later, executive director of innovation and school improvement. He also served more than two years as the founding principal and school director of Knox County's first charter school, Emerald Academy.
Dr. Rysewyk holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a master's degree in Education from the University of Tennessee, an Education Specialist degree in instructional leadership from Tennessee Technological University and a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from East Tennessee State University.
|Dr. Patricia Brake Rutenberg is a Senior Lecturer in the History Department at the University of Tennessee. She previously served as Dean of Studies and Chair of the History Department at the Webb School of Knoxville, taught history and political science at the Tennessee Governor’s Academy for Mathematics and Science, and served as the Founding Director of the Middle School at the Episcopal School of Knoxville. Currently at UT she teaches Western Civilization as well as the upper level course on public history. She is a member of the Executive Council of the UT Faculty Senate and the Executive Board of the Knoxville Museum of Art, and serves as the president of the Episcopal Church Women for Province IV. Dr. Rutenberg is the author of the book Justice in the Valley: A Bicentennial Perspective of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. She earned her Ph.D. in history at the University of Tennessee in 1988.|
A native of Atlanta, GA, Jack Talmadge is the Head of School at the Episcopal School of Knoxville. He attended Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia where he received a B.S. degree in biology, and completed his doctoral studies in education leadership and policy studies at The George Washington University. With 25 years in education, Jack has served in several education positions, including biology instructor, dean of students, academic dean, upper school division head, and prior to ESK, head of school of Summit Charter School in Cashiers, NC.
Joining Jack in his adventures in Knoxville are his lovely wife Beth and 3 daughters, Rylie, Madeline, and Lily. When free time permits, Jack can be found stalking mountain trout with his fly rod and black lab, Satchmo.