This is going to be a busy and important week in education circles in Buffalo -- and there's no reason you can't be in on all of it.
The beauty of it is, you don't even have to worry about getting caught in the rain or the snow to do it.
There are four significant events: one on Tuesday, one on Wednesday, and two on Thursday.
And I'll be live blogging all of them.
You can cozy up at home with a hot cup of coffee and join me at www.buffalonews.com, as you:
- Hear from Kevin Brinkworth, who oversees security in the Buffalo Public Schools. He'll be making a presentation and answering questions at the District Parent Coordinating Council meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
- Find out how the School Board decides to go about filling its at large vacancy. Will the board appoint one of its sitting members to the vacancy, or open it up to the entire city? That decision will be made during the committee meetings that begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
- Learn what other cities are doing successfully to make their schools better. Jason Snyder, one of the highest-ranking people in the Obama administration's office for school turnarounds, will address the Common Council's Education Committee at 3 p.m. Thursday.
- Join hundreds of Buffalo parents, who will gather for the first Parent Assembly at 6 p.m. Thursday. They will be joined by a most interesting mix of education experts and public officials from the local, state and federal levels, who will be talking about school turnarounds and other issues. There's nothing quite like getting everyone in a room to speak the same language.
And during the same meeting on Thursday: Say Yes to Education will make its first public presentation about its plans help turn Buffalo's schools around and to offer a college tuition guarantee to city high school graduates.
Of course, all these meetings are open to the public. So if you're motivated to leave the house and head down in person, check out today's story for details on the location of each event.
- Mary Pasciak