Former State Superintendent Grasmick to launch speaker series Thursday

Former State Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick will soon be back on the national stage, where she will host a handful of high-profile figures to discuss the future of public education.

The longtime state education leader--who retired in 2011--will be launching a speaker series at Towson University on Thursday, Jan. 17 when she will interview renowned surgeon and neurologist Benjamin Carson and prominent research scientist Dr. Martha Denckla, the university announced in a release. The event, which starts at at 4 p.m. in Towson's West Village Commons, is free and open to the public. 

The discussion with Carson and Denckla will focus on "How Students Learn: An Inside Look at Neuroscience," the university said, and will kick-off a six-part speaker series called Preparing for Public Education in the 21st Century: Signature Forums, a forum the university said is designed to provide a "unique opportunity for education stakeholders to interact with national experts."

In a release, Towson officials said the topics slated for discussion in the series will be hot-button issues, and ones that  "represent the newest thinking in education for the 21st century, as well as important research relevant to education settings."

Former Baltimore City Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III will headline the second installment of the speaker series on March 25, where he will discuss school safety.

Grasmick retired in June 2011 as the longest serving superintendent in the country. In March 2012, she was appointed a Presidential Scholar for Innovation in Teacher and Leader Education at Towson University to help orchestrate a broad overhaul of the programs at the university that now trains more teachers than any other in the state.

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