Getting It Right

Download the press release here.


“Getting it Right: Reopening Our Nation’s Schools” will be aired live on WPFW 89.3 FM  in Washington, D.C., and audio streamed on; aired live on WBAI 99.5 FM in New York City and audio streamed on; and can be seen live on the Washington Teachers’ Union Facebook page -

The four-panel, four-hour town hall will be on Aug. 15, 12 noon - 4 pm EST:


12 noon - 1 pm EST:

The opening panel, moderated by Wake Forest University’s Maya Angelou Presidential Endowed Chair Melissa Harris-Perry, will focus on the state of reopening schools, the chaos and politics involved and the inequities for disadvantaged children that COVID-19 has exposed. Panelists include:

  • American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten
  • Washington Teachers’ Union President Elizabeth Davis
  • Florida Education Association President Fedrick Ingram
  • Reed Tuckson, co-founder, Black Coalition Against COVID
  • April Goggans, core organizer, Black Lives Matter D.C.


1 p.m. - 2 p.m. EST:

Moderated by WPFW’s Askia Muhammad and DC teacher Michelle Bollinger, this panel will focus on what’s happening on the ground across the country and lessons learned from the spring months of remote learning. Panelists include:

  • Texas AFT President Zeph Capo
  • Dallas-area teacher Misty Griffin, who resigned rather than be forced to teach remotely from her school
  • Detroit Federation of Teachers President Terrence Martin
  • Providence, RI, first-grade teacher Ashley Davis
  • Western Washington University Prof. Joheen Need

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. EST

Moderated by WPFW’s Askia Muhammad and WBAI’s Leonie Haimon, the panel will focus on technology for remote learning - how effective has it been, how to do it well, problems providing access to devices and WiFi to disadvantaged children, advice for parents, lessons learned from the Spring.

  • WTU President Elizabeth Davis
  • United Teachers of Dade President Karla Hernandez-Matz
  • Washington, D.C. teacher, Ashley Kearney
  • Lyndsie Galizio, Fairfax County, Va., school-based tech specialist. 
  • Grace Hu, DC parent/community activist

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. EST

Moderated by Askia Muhammad and Leonie Haimon, this panel will focus on the health and mental health issues that families, educators and others are dealing with.

  • Melissa Clarke, health educator and member of Black Coalition Against COVID
  • Jennifer Lighter, NYU Langone Health pediatric infectious disease specialist
  • Mary Balla, Washington, D.C. teacher
  • Maureen Eigenfeld, NY City school social worker, works in a high-needs Bronx middle school


Click here to register to watch via Zoom -

August 15, 2020 at 12:00pm - 4pm
WPFW - 89.3FM