Educating the Whole Child

Friday January 25

John Hopkins University Glass Pavilion

Glass Pavilion at Levering Hall, Johns Hopkins University 3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218

Baltimore City Public Schools is at a crossroads.

Will we continue on a path that narrowly focuses resources on preparing students for the State test or will we take a broader approach that embraces academic achievement while also meeting the needs of the whole child? The Kirwan Commission’s recommendations for the new State education funding formula include providing universal PreK education for all 4 year olds and low-income 3 years olds, as well as providing more resources for at-risk students and more funding for schools with concentrated poverty. Join the Baltimore Curriculum Project and the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy as we explore a variety of strategies to educate the whole child with: Mark Gaither, Principal, Wolfe Street Academy Dr.

William E. “Brit” Kirwan, Chancellor Emeritus, University System of Maryland Dr. Rachel Pfeifer, Executive Director for College and Career Readiness, Baltimore City Public Schools  PANELIST BIOS Mark Gaither has served as Principal of Wolfe Street Academy since 2005. Wolfe Street Academy is a Community School and Conversion Charter School operated by the Baltimore Curriculum Project.  The schools serves over 200 PreK-5 students and their families in the Upper Fells Point neighborhood; providing high-quality academic programming and helping families develop resources that allow them to overcome barriers to success. Dr.


William E. “Brit” Kirwan is chancellor emeritus of the University System of Maryland (USM). He is a recognized authority on critical issues facing higher education. He served as chancellor of USM for 13 years (2002-2015), president of the Ohio State University for four years (1998-2002) and president of the University of Maryland, College Park for 10 years (1988-1998). Currently, Dr.

Kirwan chairs the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences and serves as executive director of Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Mathematics. He also chairs the Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, appointed by Governor Hogan. Dr.

Rachel Pfeifer is the Executive Director for College and Career Readiness at Baltimore City Public Schools and a Baltimore Curriculum Project Board Member. She served as President of Collegiate Directions for four years (2013-2017) and Executive Assistant to the Chief Academic Officer for Baltimore City Public Schools for two years.

That’s not all...

(2010-2012). Rachel graduated with Highest Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar. After spending two years with Teach For America as a 4th grade teacher in Indianola, Mississippi, she earned a Master’s in Education Policy from Harvard.

She then attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, earning a D.Phil. in Education for her research on the factors influencing African Caribbean families’ secondary school choices. PARKING Guest parking is available in the garage under Decker Quad (C2/3 on map) off of Wyman Park Drive, or at the San Martin center (number 63, F1/2 on map) off Carnegie Way. View the campus map at:

Parking is marked in orange and the event will be held at the Glass Pavilion (number 27, E2 on map). For additional parking information visit: This event is free and open to the public.

John Hopkins University Glass Pavilion

Glass Pavilion at Levering Hall, Johns Hopkins University 3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218