Worldwide Commission All-USA Conference

Date: Friday, Mar.12 2021


To address the catastrophe of children (primary and secondary levels), in the hundreds of millions around the world, ousted from all forms of schooling (physical and virtual alike) during the Covid-19 pandemic.



FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2021

From the Institute for 21st Century Questions (21CQ) 


Noon – 12.15pm EST (NYC Time) 

Introduction & Welcome – Explanation of Genesis, Mission, Membership and Forward Working Agenda of the Commission to Educate All Kids (Post-Pandemic)

Irvin Studin (President, Institute for 21st Century Questions; Chair, Worldwide Commission to Educate All Kids, Post-Pandemic)


12.15pm – 1pm EST

Welcome & Debrief from International Members of the Commission

Kirby Mitchell – High School Teacher, Peel Region (Ontario, Canada)

Howard Burston – Director of Operations, Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc. (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

Tara de Mel – Former Secretary, Ministry of Education & Vice Chairperson, National Education Commission (Colombo, Sri Lanka)

Silvina Gvirtz – Former Minister of Education, Buenos Aires Province (Buenos Aires, Argentina)


1pm – 2pm

The Genesis, Nature, Extent and Consequences of the Problem in the U.S.

Robert Pianta – Dean of Education, University of Virginia

Chandresh Harjivan – Managing Partner, Boston Consulting Group, Washington, DC.

Drew Furedi – President & CEO, Para Los Ninõs, Los Angeles

Ilene Schwartz – Professor & Director, Special Education – Doctoral Program, College of Education, University of Washington

Donna E. Young – Founding Dean, Ryerson University Law School (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) & Former President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy at the Albany Law School (Albany, New York)


(Open Discussion with Decision-Makers)


2pm – 3.30pm

How to Find & Reintegrate the Kids into Schooling with Speed Across the U.S.

Nancy Rousseau – Principal, Little Rock Central High School (Arkansas)

Hilary Darilek – Chief Executive Officer, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, Washington, DC

Nancy Marchard-Martella – Dean, College of Education, Purdue University

Fred Lazar – Professor, Schulich School of Business, York University (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Canute Fagan, Dean of Discipline, Calabar High School (Kingston, Jamaica)

Gaskin B. Dassah – Coordinator, Northern Network for Education Development (Tamale, Ghana)

Jorge Vargas Cullell – Director, Programa Estado de la Nación (San José, Costa Rica)


(Open Discussion with Decision-Makers)


3.30pm – 3.40pm 

Commission Forward Work Plan/Agenda 

Irvin Studin

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