About Education Town Hall

The Education Town Hall with Thomas Byrd is the contemporary meeting place facilitating the construction of effective community-supported education solutions and strategic transformational actions. All are welcome.

The price of admission is your sincere desire to lend your voice and talents in transforming our education system into the very best this nation has to offer. The Education Town Hall is the intersection where parents, students, teachers, administrators, community members, policy makers and politicians can all meet to share stories, struggles, and solutions. If you feel that you haven’t had a voice before, please know that you do now.

As studio availability and programming shifted during the Covid-19 pandemic, Education Town Hall began broadcasting LIVE via We Act Radio’s Facebook Page  and YouTube Channel at noon Eastern time, usually on the third Wednesday of the month. Rebroadcasts can still be heard via We Act/White Rose or via TuneIn at 11 a.m. on Thursdays.

After years of weekly Education Town Hall broadcasts, the program shifted to a twice/month schedule, with one week focused on local — DC, Maryland, Virginia — issues and one week focused nationally — the “BUS program,” which has been offered monthly in collaboration with BadAss Teachers, United Opt Out, and Save Our Schools March. Dr. Denisha Jones, who was local to DC but national in advocacy and scholarship, produced and often co-hosted these shows. Dr. Jones is now a professor for of future educators at Sarah Lawrence College.

A monthly Education Town Hall focusing on local issues is now produced and co-hosted by Valerie Jablow, a DCPS parent and close follower of education in DC. Look for these programs using the “DC Area Education” category or looking here.

Through it all, Thomas Byrd, long-time schools and education advocate, has hosted and co-produced.

Virginia Spatz, who served as co-host and assistant producer for several years, as well as Feature Reporter, continues to maintain this blog and run tech for the live audio/video productions.

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L-R: Virginia Spatz, Thomas Byrd, Valerie Jablow

Archived programs on Mix Cloud and throughout this blog. Please share widely.

We Act Radio

The Education Town Hall is part of the local “Live Wire” programming of We Act Radio: progressive radio broadcasting from Martin Luther King Avenue in Historic Anacostia.

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