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Educator and author on School Choice issues to speak at Chatham University on January 17th

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University’s Education Department is proud to welcome Dr. Susan Uchitelle as she presents “Lessons Learned from Desegregation Programs that Apply to All Students and Teachers”.  This presentation will take place on January 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in the Welker Room in the James Laughlin Music Hall on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus.  This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Susan Uchitelle has been an educator all of her professional life. Prior to 1981, she taught elementary school, taught student teachers and received her PhD in Education Policy and Program Development from Washington University.  From 1981 until 1999 when the U. S. District Court approved a settlement, Susan directed, under court supervision, the St. Louis Metropolitan Interdistrict Transfer Program. At the height of the program more than 14,000 city students were voluntarily transferring to 16 of the 23 suburban school districts and 1600 students were transferring to city magnet schools. Due to a very unique settlement that program is still in existence today. Susan worked closely with all suburban school districts and the school district of St. Louis City during those years.

She has written extensively on school choice in the public sector and was a co-author along with Judge Gerald Heaney of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals of the recently published book, Unending Struggle: The Long Road to an Equal Education in St. Louis.

Most recently Dr. Uchitelle founded Confluence Academy, a set of charter schools in St. Louis which has five schools and over K-12 3,000 students.  The school started with 240 students in 2004 and has grown significantly since its inception. She was board chair until 2009, when she turned over the reins to another board member so that she could spend more time in the schools and focus primarily on achievement issues. She remains on the Board of Confluence Academy.

Please contact Dr. Kristin Harty (412-365-2769 or kharty@chatham.edu) for additional information.

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