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The 100 Black Men of Phoenix


Education, in a Virtual World: A Town Hall Panel Discussion on Education

Over the years, technology has revolutionized our world and daily lives. Technology has created amazing tools and resources, putting education at our fingertips. The option to never step foot inside a physical classroom ever again is changing how we take on learning and education. Learn how to select the best path and resources while aiding in the virtual educational success of your student.

  • How can parents support their students while they learn virtually from home?
  • What is netiquette (and digital footprints) and how can students practice online safety?
  • Are there resources available through the school your students attend ?(including Special Ed.)
  • Is mental and physical health the same during virtual learning as it is when at a school?

Meet the all-female panel:

Moderator – Dr. Ann Hart, Educational Consultant, Former Deputy Associate Superintendent for the Arizona Department of Education

Dr. Ann Hart is the former Deputy Associate Superintendent for the Arizona Department of Education. She was appointed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2004, to oversee Discipline and Classroom Management in Arizona Schools. Dr. Hart has been involved in the field of education since she graduated from Cheyney University in Cheyney, Pennsylvania. She holds a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies.

Panelist – Arithia FurQaan, Multiple Disability Special Education Teacher

Arithia FurQaan is an English as a Second Language K-12 educator, Reading Specialist and current Teach of Special Education Autistic Children. Arithia has over 20 years of working as a special needs educator from elementary to high school. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Chicago State University, a Master of Education from Eastern Washington University in Spokane and is a highly regarded Reading Specialist.

Panelist – Alexis Aguirre, Master Teacher, Osborn School District

Alexis Aguirre has devoted her career to improving the quality of life for children through education. She is the proud product of what public schools can do to change the course of a child’s life by overcoming the compounding effects of growing up in poverty and the foster care system. She has seen our schools through many perspectives including as a parent, a kindergarten assistant, public school librarian, teacher and instructional coach.

Panelist – Lezette Mack, Online Math Educator

Lezette Mack has spent her life tutoring & teaching youth and adults how to overcome math anxiety, preparing for college/university, financial literacy and inspiring future entrepreneurs. She is currently working at Graduation Solution, East Valley Institute (EVIT), and Grand Canyon University. She received her education at Historically Black College and University Tuskegee University with a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering.

About the 100 :

The 100 Black Men of Phoenix (The 100) is dedicated to improving the quality of life of African Americans within the Phoenix, AZ metro area by enhancing educational and economic opportunities for all. We take an active leadership role in helping minority youth become contributing, competitive and valued members of society.

The "100" believes that Education is one of the core foundations of our mission.

Our programmatic activities include providing support and services that enable our youth to achieve their educational goals.

To facilitate their intellectual growth and development, the “100” is active in monitoring educational policy, trends and their impact on our students.

The organization engages local, regional, and national leaders and officials who impact educational policies and practices, in addition to providing forums that address educational needs of our youth and those of the broader community.

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