#OneMcLean Focuses on Partnerships, Culturally Responsive Practice

In February, CPE partnered with TCU’s Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) program to host professional development for about 100 teachers from McLean 6th Grade and McLean Middle School (#OneMcLean).

Former graduate student Dr. Courtney Wait, now Assistant Principal at McLean 6th Grade Center, organized the event, focused on culturally responsive practices. CRES founding director Dr. Max Krochmal delivered the keynote address and education professors Marla McGhee, Fran Huckaby, Erin Atwood and Gabriel Huddleston led breakout sessions. McLean teachers led other sessions, including rousing games of Nine Square and 20-minute TEDTalk style presentations of new ideas.

“I’m excited by the possibilities of the CPE serving as an advocacy organization for public education teacher and leadership recruitment and development.” CPE Director Marla McGhee said.

The CPE has supported programs and people who strengthen public education for more than 25 years. Former dean Doug Simpson led the creation of an initiative, which later became the Center for Urban Education, directed by Professor Emeritus Cecilia Silva. Under Dr. Huckaby’s leadership the organization was renamed the Center for Public Education in 2013.