Tuesday, May 1, 2018 | Washington, D.C.

Education Summit 2018

What does the future of American education look like?

A majority-minority, majority poor student population. A demanding job market. Increasing automation. A polarized society. There are big demographic, economic, technological and social challenges confronting American schools—and a lot of debate about how to face them.

With this backdrop, the fourth annual Education Summit will examine the state, local and federal policy ideas that could influence school success and safety; the mechanics of teaching and learning in classrooms; and the state of equity and access in education today.

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  • Leslie Williams

    Parent, Jefferson County Public Schools, AL

  • Sharif El-Mekki

    Co-Chair & Founder, The Fellowship for Black Male Educators; Principal, Mastery Charter School-Shoemaker Campus

  • Karen Amaker

    Director, Norwalk Early College Academy

  • Liliana Ascencio

    Student, American University

  • Ron Brownstein

    Senior editor, The Atlantic

  • Nicole Carter

    English Teacher, Charlottesville High School

  • Christina Cody

    America’s Promise Alliance School Site Leader, FIT2gether Cherokee County School District

    Underwriter Session

  • Keaton Conner

    Student, Marshall County High School, Marshall County, KY

  • Matt Doyle

    Assistant Superintendent of Innovation, Vista Unified School District, California

  • Chance Dickerson

    Teacher, Albemarle High School, Charlottesville, VA

  • Ted Dintersmith

    Author, What School Could Be

  • Jeffrey Elkner

    Computer Science & Information Technology Instructor, Arlington Public Schools

  • Steve Farmer

    Vice Provost for Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

  • Emmanuel Felton

    Staff Writer, The Hechinger Report

  • Gabriella Gomez*

    Deputy Director, U.S. Policy Advocacy and Communications, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Adrienne Green

    Managing Editor, The Atlantic

  • Jenn Horne

    English Teacher, Charlottesville High School, VA

  • Pirette McKamey

    Assistant Principal and former English teacher, Mission High School, San Francisco Unified School District

  • Danielle Merdin

    5th Grade Teacher Dr. William Henderson K-12 Inclusion School

  • Pamela Moran

    Superintendent, Albemarle County Public Schools, VA

  • Tyler Norris

    Student, Gaffney High School

    Underwriter Session

  • Rebecca Palacios

    Senior Curriculum Advisor, ABCmouse.com; Former Dual Language/Bilingual Teacher

  • Alma Powell

    Chair, America’s Promise Alliance Board of Directors

    Underwriter Session

  • Jennifer Rich

    Assistant Professor, College of Education Rowan University

  • Kristina Rizga

    Contributing Writer, The Atlantic

  • Gabriel Rosa

    Software developer, IBM

  • Jenna Rufo

    Director of Special Education and Student Services North Penn School District

  • Jeff Selingo

    Contributing Editor, The Atlantic; Author, There Is Life After College

  • Rebecca Sibilia

    Founder and CEO, EdBuild

  • Elena Silva

    Director of PreK-12 for the Education Policy Program New America

  • Laurie Smith

    Senior Policy Advisor, Education and Workforce Governor Phil Bryant

  • Catherine Steinmetz

    Arlington Tech Coordinator, Arlington Career Center

  • Alison Stewart

    Contributing Editor, The Atlantic

  • Matt Thompson

    Executive Editor, The Atlantic

  • Tanya Tucker

    Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, America’s Promise Alliance

    Underwriter Session

  • Liz Willen

    Editor in Chief, The Hechinger Report

  • Alia Wong

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic


9:00 am EDT
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Students Speak Out

9:05 am EDT
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What Makes a School Safe?

9:25 am EDT
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#MeToo on Campus

9:50 am EDT
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Teachers Speak Out

10:15 am EDT
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School Segregation in 2018

10:40 am EDT
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Engaging Youth in Creating Healthy School Environments**

11:05 am EDT
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Men of Color at the Front of the Classroom

11:15 am EDT
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Breakout Session: The End of Tracking

11:50 am EDT
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Breakout Session: On Teaching

11:50 am EDT
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Breakout Session: The New Era of Tech Ed

11:50 am EDT
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Breakout Session: Students Debate

11:50 am EDT
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12:40 pm EDT
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Welcome Back

1:30 pm EDT
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Can Higher Ed Serve Everyone?

1:35 pm EDT
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Executive Remarks**

2:00 pm EDT
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Helping Families Navigate Schools

2:05 pm EDT
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Early Childhood Education: Two Strategies

2:25 pm EDT
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Underwriter Perspective**

2:45 pm EDT
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What is Personalized Learning?

2:55 pm EDT
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A Community College Looks Ahead

3:20 pm EDT
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What School Could Be

3:40 pm EDT
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Closing Thoughts

4:05 pm EDT
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Event Details

Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

9:00 am EDT

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