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

    Twitter
  • 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

    Twitter
  • 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

Tuesday, May 1

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09:00 AM

Welcome

Margaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE

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09:05 AM

Students Speak Out

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    Keaton Conner

    Student, Marshall County High School, Marshall County, KY

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    Alison Stewart

    Contributing Editor, The Atlantic

09:25 AM

What Makes a School Safe?

Lt. Mark Landahl, Commander, School Resource Officer Program, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office
Gillian White, Senior Editor, The Atlantic

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    Charles Curtis

    School Psychologist and Restorative Justice Coordinator, Ron Brown College Preparatory High School

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    Jennifer Rich

    Assistant Professor, College of Education Rowan University

09:50 AM

#MeToo on Campus

Vanessa Grigoriadis, Author, Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power and Consent on Campus
Aya Gruber, Professor, Colorado Law School

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    Vanessa Grigoriadis

    Author, Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power and Consent on Campus

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    Alia Wong

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

10:15 AM

Teachers Speak Out

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    Deborah Cornelison

    School Support Specialist, Oklahoma Department of Education; Former Science Teacher, Byng Junior High School, Ada, OK

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    Pirette McKamey

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

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    Rebecca Palacios

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

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    Kristina Rizga

    Contributing Writer, The Atlantic

10:40 AM

School Segregation in 2018

Gillian White, The Atlantic

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    Leslie Williams

    Parent, Jefferson County Public Schools, AL

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    Emmanuel Felton

    Staff Writer, The Hechinger Report

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    Rebecca Sibilia

    Founder and CEO, EdBuild

11:05 AM

Engaging Youth in Creating Healthy School Environments**

Produced by our underwriter, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and not The Atlantic’s editorial team.

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    Christina Cody

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

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    Tyler Norris

    Student, Gaffney High School

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    Alma Powell

    Chair, America’s Promise Alliance Board of Directors

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    Tanya Tucker

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

11:15 AM

Men of Color at the Front of the Classroom

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    Sharif El-Mekki

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

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    Emmanuel Felton

    Staff Writer, The Hechinger Report

11:50 AM

Breakout Session: Students Debate

Paola Almendarez, Student, DC International School, Washington, DC
Paris Smalley, Student, Charles Flowers High School, Washington, DC

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11:50 AM

Breakout Session: The New Era of Tech Ed

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    Karen Amaker

    Director, Norwalk Early College Academy

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    Jeffrey Elkner

    Computer Science & Information Technology Instructor, Arlington Public Schools

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    Gabriel Rosa

    Software developer, IBM

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    Catherine Steinmetz

    Arlington Tech Coordinator, Arlington Career Center

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    Liz Willen

    Editor in Chief, The Hechinger Report

11:50 AM

Breakout Session: On Teaching

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    Deborah Cornelison

    School Support Specialist, Oklahoma Department of Education; Former Science Teacher, Byng Junior High School, Ada, OK

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    Pirette McKamey

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

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    Rebecca Palacios

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

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    Kristina Rizga

    Contributing Writer, The Atlantic

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    Alia Wong

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

11:50 AM

Breakout Session: The End of Tracking

Eric Irizarry, Principal, Charlottesville High School, VA

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    Nicole Carter

    English Teacher, Charlottesville High School

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    Jenn Horne

    English Teacher, Charlottesville High School, VA

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    Matt Thompson

    Executive Editor, The Atlantic

12:40 PM

Lunch

01:30 PM

Welcome Back

01:35 PM

Can Higher Ed Serve Everyone?

Michael Sorrell, President, Paul Quinn College

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    Ron Brownstein

    Senior editor, The Atlantic

02:00 PM

Executive Remarks**

Produced by our underwriter, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and not The Atlantic’s editorial team.

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    Gabriella Gomez*

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

02:05 PM

Helping Families Navigate Schools

Rebecca Rosen, Senior Editor, The Atlantic

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    Joyanna Smith

    Education Ombudsman, District of Columbia State Board of Education

02:25 PM

Early Childhood Education: Two Strategies

Abigail Smith Former Deputy Mayor for Education, District of Columbia

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    Adrienne Green

    Managing Editor, The Atlantic

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    Laurie Smith

    Senior Policy Advisor, Education and Workforce Governor Phil Bryant

02:45 PM

Underwriter Perspective**

Produced by our underwriter, Walton Family Foundation, and not The Atlantic’s editorial team.
Stacy Kane, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Washington Leadership Academy
Todd Rose, Lecturer and Faculty Director, Mind, Brain, and Education Program at Harvard University; Author, The End of Average

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02:55 PM

What is Personalized Learning?

Tequilla Thomas, Math Teacher, Truesdell Education Campus, Washington, DC

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    Chris Liang-Vergara

    Chief of Learning Innovation, LEAP Innovations

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    Matt Doyle

    Assistant Superintendent of Innovation, Vista Unified School District, California

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    Liz Willen

    Editor in Chief, The Hechinger Report

03:20 PM

A Community College Looks Ahead

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    Meghan Hughes

    President, Community College of Rhode Island

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    Jeff Selingo

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

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    Matt Thompson

    Executive Editor, The Atlantic

03:40 PM

What School Could Be

A’niija Johnson, Student, Albemarle High School, Charlottesville, VA
Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic

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    Chance Dickerson

    Teacher, Albemarle High School, Charlottesville, VA

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    Ted Dintersmith

    Author, What School Could Be

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    Pamela Moran

    Superintendent, Albemarle County Public Schools, VA

04:05 PM

Closing Thoughts

Founding

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Event Details

Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

09:00 AM EDT

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