CDI Hosts College Advising Landscape Panel

On Wednesday, April 5th, Collegiate Directions, Inc. will host a panel at the Sulgrave Club in DC on the college advising landscape. The panel will discuss the challenges of college advising today, and the support that low-income, first-generation students need to succeed. It will also serve as the official launch of CDI’s new School Support Program, which will provide guidance and training to schools looking to strengthen or create their college advising office.

Our panelists will be:

Jennie Niles, Deputy Mayor for Education, Washington, DC As Deputy Mayor for Education, Ms. Niles is responsible for developing and implementing the Mayor’s vision for academic excellence. She is the founder and former head of school of E.L. Haynes Public Charter School. In 2011, E.L. Haynes, among all DC public schools, was named the first winner of the CityBridge Foundation’s Strong School Award and, in 2008, it was the first winner of Fight for Children’s Quality School Initiative Award among DC public charter schools. Niles is a graduate of New Leaders for New Schools, an intensive, year-long program to prepare urban principals. She holds a B.A. from Brown University, a master’s in public and private management from the Yale School of Management, and a master’s in public administration from Trinity University (DC). In 2010, she was named a Donaldson Fellow at the Yale School of Management. Niles is a Fellow of the third class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Candace Crawford, Director of College Counseling, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School Ms. Crawford currently serves as the Director of College Counseling at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, where she has partnered with CDI to build the school’s college advising office. She was previously the executive director of Teach Plus DC, a nonprofit that supports teacher leaders, and assistant director for pre-K through 12 schools and district assistance at the Education Trust. She has taught history at the middle and high school level, and is a former trustee of Capital City Public Charter School. Crawford earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Dartmouth College and a master’s in education policy at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Fall 2015 cohort of the Pahara Next-Gen Leaders Program. 

Cindy Harcum, Principal, Baltimore City College High School Harcum is a graduate of Baltimore City College High School and returned to the school to teach in 1997. As a teacher, she ran writing seminars in city high schools, developed curricula, and oversaw SAT preparation at City College High School. She became assistant principal in 2005 and principal in 2010. Harcum expanded City’s college advising process, leading to significant growth in matriculation to selective colleges. She holds a degree in English literature from the University of Maryland.

Simon Rodberg, Principal, DC International School  Mr. Rodberg is the founding principal of DC International School, a middle and high school offering language immersion and an IB curriculum. He began his education career teaching in New York and Massachusetts, before coming to the District. He served as a teacher and the English department chair at Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools, and as an assistant principal at Alice Deal Middle School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Yale University and master’s degree in education leadership from Harvard University.

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