And, it seems, that will continue into the future. Current students are becoming involved in the effort even before they leave campus — as volunteers and mentors, as future teachers participating in Princeton’s Program in Teacher Preparation, and as citizens who hope to influence education policy. In early January, for example, a dozen Woodrow Wilson School undergraduates, led by Professor Stanley Katz, met in Washington with Education Department officials to present their task-force findings on the federal role in secondary education.
Much of the campus discussion has been led by a group called Students for Education Reform (SFER). Created in 2009, the group already has chapters on five other campuses. In October, SFER organized Princeton’s first Education Week, including a panel discussion headlined by then-New York City schools chief Joel Klein and a fair meant to connect students with jobs and internships in education.
SFER’s co-founder is Catharine Bellinger ’12, who told Kiely she created the group because the high-quality education she received at an elite private school should be possible for all students. “At all high-performing private schools and public schools, there’s a common denominator,” Bellinger says, “and that’s high expectations.”
PAW is thrilled to share the achievement of one of our own. As Princeton graduates were celebrating Alumni Day Feb. 26, Associate Editor Katherine Federici Greenwood — a two-time All-American tennis player — was being inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Georgetown University, her alma mater. Congratulations, Kathy!
— Marilyn H. Marks *86