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UHD Partnering with NBC, KPRC for ‘Education Now’ Sept. 24


By Mike Emery

On Sept. 24, the University of Houston-Downtown welcomes NBC News Learn and KPRC Ch. 2 to campus for a conversation on education.

UHD will host “Education Now,” a live televised forum focused on education in the city of Houston. The event is open to the UHD community and Houstonians. The program begins promptly at 3:45 p.m. in UHD’s Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium. To attend the event, RSVP here.

Guests will include educators and professionals from throughout the Houston area. Among those sharing insights on the state of education in Houston is Dr. Ron Beebe, UHD professor of urban education. The event’s moderators are NBC Chief Education Correspondent Rehema Ellis and KPRC anchor Christine Nöel.

“Education Now” will be broadcast live on KPRC Ch. 2 and streamed on NBCNews.com. The program is sponsored by Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Panels to be presented during the broadcast are as follows:

  • A Path Forward: A look at the potential state takeover of struggling Houston schools, followed by an examination of efforts throughout the Houston area to help prepare all students for success.
  • Stronger Than the Storm: When Hurricane Harvey struck, it caused devastating flooding and emotional scars, but left behind a better understanding of how schools and communities can heal following traumatic events.
  • Learning Without Limits: A discussion about how we apply the whole child approach to give at-risk students the tools to reach their greatest academic and emotional potential.
  • How Classrooms Use Data and Technology to Support Students: The debate around how students learn using data and technology in the classroom, and what support teachers need to implement these tools while not losing sight of the human side of teaching.

“UHD is honored to have been selected as the host for this important discussion on education in our city,” said Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz, UHD President, who will deliver opening remarks. “Great universities host great conversations … and the topics to be addressed at this forum significantly impact educations, parents and students in our region.”

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.