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Education issues to be discussed at IU Northwest events in May

May 5 presentation looks at the impact of changes in national education policy; May 18 program focuses on the future of Indiana teachers’ retirement fund

Two events in May at Indiana University Northwest aim to inform local educators about the effect of national policy on education in Indiana and about how the economy is affecting the security of teachers’ pensions.

On Tuesday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m. the panel presentation “Yes WE Can! What the new Administration means for educational reform in Indiana,” will be held in the Library Conference Center. Panelists include moderator Gerardo M. Gonzalez, University Dean for the IU School of Education, Bloomington/Indianapolis; Myrtle Campbell, Interim Superintendent for the Gary Community School Corporation; Vernon G. Smith, Indiana State Representative for District 14 and IU Northwest Associate Professor of Educational Leadership; and Terry Spradlin, Associate Director for Education Policy at the IU School of Education’s Center for Evaluation and Education Policy.

The event is hosted by the IU School of Education Alumni Association, the IU Northwest Alumni Association, and the Lakeshore Region Chapter of the IU Alumni Association. Seating is limited for this free event. Interested participants should register no later than Friday, May 1, by calling (877) 856-8005, or by emailing This program will be preceded by a 6 p.m. IU and IU Northwest alumni reception in the Library Conference Center.

On Monday, May 18 at 4:30 p.m., a second event will be held on the campus. A presentation titled “The Teachers’ Retirement Fund and the Economy: How Secure is My Pension?” will be held in the Savannah Auditorium. This presentation will feature Molly Deuberry, Director of Communications and Outreach for the Indiana State Teachers’ Retirement Fund. Teachers in Northwest Indiana are invited to attend this informative program and learn more about an issue that affects local educators.

Hosted by the IU Northwest Alumni Association and the IU Northwest School of Education, the event will be preceded by a reception at 4 p.m. in the Savannah Lobby. Seating for this free event is first-come, first-served. To register, contact IU Northwest Alumni Relations Director Paulette LaFata-Johsnon at (219) 980-6769, or email her at



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