Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | Washington, D.C.

The Education Summit

Serving Every Student

The American education system is, by some measures, the envy of the world. Yet in every state, there is profound inequality, with too many students locked out of the opportunities a quality school provides.

The Atlantic’s fifth annual Education Summit convened teachers, principals, policymakers, higher education officials, parents and students to consider how American schools can move closer to that elusive ideal: giving every child an equal chance to succeed.

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  • Rep. Donna Shalala

    (D-FL)

  • David Simas

    CEO, Obama Foundation

  • Ron Brownstein

    Senior editor, The Atlantic

    Twitter
  • Heather Buskirk

    Instructional Methods Advisor, K12

    Underwriter Session

  • Kim Clark

    Assistant Director, Education Writers Association

    Underwriter Session

  • Heather Cody

    Teacher, Mayo Demonstration School, Tulsa, OK

  • Michelle Asha Cooper

    President, Institute for Higher Education Policy

    Underwriter Session

  • Rick Cruz

    Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships, College Board

    Underwriter Session

  • Katherine Bliss Davis

    Debater, Potomac School ’20

  • Marla Dean

    Executive Director, Bright Beginnings

    Underwriter Session

  • Rodolfo Dueñas

    Teacher, Woodrow Wilson High School Los Angeles, CA

  • Adam Harris

    Staff writer, The Atlantic

    Twitter
  • Scott Heimlich

    Vice President, Amgen Foundation

    Underwriter Session

  • Christian Herald

    Student, Potomac School ’21

  • Anthony Abraham Jack

    Assistant Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Author, The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students

  • Myra Jones-Taylor

    Chief Policy Officer, ZERO TO THREE

    Underwriter Session

  • Charlie Judd

    Student, Potomac School ’21

  • Kevyn Klein

    Global Director of Community, VIPKid

    Underwriter Session

  • Kathleen Koch

    Author and Journalist

  • Kaitlyn Maher

    Debater, Team USA

  • Shaun McAlmont

    Executive Vice President, Career Readiness Education, K12

    Underwriter Session

  • D'Angelo McDade

    Executive Director, Peace Warriors

  • Sophie Mode

    Sophomore, Millennium Brooklyn High School, New York, NY

  • Adam Mortara

    Partner, Bartlit Beck LLP; Counsel, Students for Fair Admissions

  • Bari Norman

    Co-Founder and Head Counselor, Expert Admissions

  • Blanca Ortiz

    Graduating Senior, Earlham College

  • Mary Annette Pember

    Independent Journalist; Contributor, The Atlantic

  • British Robinson

    President and CEO, Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

    Underwriter Session

  • Stefanie Sanford

    Chief of Global Policy & External Relations, College Board

    Underwriter Session

  • Maria Santos

    Director of Operations Santa Fe Dreamers Project

  • Susan Saulny

    Journalist

  • Malbert Smith

    CEO and President, Metametrics

    Underwriter Session

  • Jake Steel

    Deputy Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education

    Underwriter Session

  • Ryan Stowers

    Executive Vice President, Charles Koch Foundation

    Underwriter Session

  • Nicholas Sutherland

    Head of School, Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin

    Underwriter Session

  • Matt Thompson

    Contributing Editor, The Atlantic; Editor in Chief, Center for Investigative Reporting

  • Tiffani Torres

    Junior, Pace High School

  • Rebecca Upham

    Executive Chairwoman and Vice Chancellor, Whittle School

    Underwriter Session

  • Gillian B. White

    Deputy editor, The Atlantic

    Twitter
  • Corshai Williams

    Doctoral Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Underwriter Session

  • Alia Wong

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

  • Wenchi Yu

    Head of Global Public Policy, VIPKid

    Underwriter Session

  • Enrique Garcia-Rivera

    Head of Oncology Research, nference

    Underwriter Session

  • Harry Strong

    Director of Public Speaking and Forensics, The Potomac School

  • Jeff Selingo

    Contributing Editor, The Atlantic

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08:15 AM

Guest Arrival and Networking Breakfast

08:30 AM

Breakout: Technology’s Social Impact on the Classroom*

Produced by our underwriter, VIPKid, and not The Atlantic’s editorial team.

Speakers

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    Kevyn Klein

    Global Director of Community, VIPKid

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    British Robinson

    President and CEO, Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

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    Malbert Smith

    CEO and President, Metametrics

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    Jake Steel

    Deputy Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education

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    Rebecca Upham

    Executive Chairwoman and Vice Chancellor, Whittle School

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    Wenchi Yu

    Head of Global Public Policy, VIPKid

09:30 AM

Welcome

Margaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE

09:35 AM

How Can DC Serve Every Student?

Speakers

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    Lewis Ferebee

    Chancellor, DC Public Schools

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    Ron Brownstein

    Senior editor, The Atlantic

09:55 AM

The Two Codes Kids Need to Know*

Produced by our underwriter, College Board, and not The Atlantic’s editorial team.

Speakers

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    Rick Cruz

    Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships, College Board

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    Stefanie Sanford

    Chief of Global Policy & External Relations, College Board

10:05 AM

Segregation Then

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    Jo Ann Allen Boyce

    Author, This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality

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    Adam Harris

    Staff writer, The Atlantic

10:20 AM

Segregation Now

Speakers

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    Adam Harris

    Staff writer, The Atlantic

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    Sophie Mode

    Sophomore, Millennium Brooklyn High School, New York, NY

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    Tiffani Torres

    Junior, Pace High School

10:40 AM

Inspiring Students for Career Readiness*

Produced by our underwriter, K12, and not The Atlantic’s editorial team.

Speakers

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    Heather Buskirk

    Instructional Methods Advisor, K12

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    Shaun McAlmont

    Executive Vice President, Career Readiness Education, K12

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    Nicholas Sutherland

    Head of School, Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin

10:50 AM

In the Borderlands

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    Laura Guzman-DuVernois

    Assistant Director, Student Retention & Truancy Prevention, El Paso Independent School District

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    Blanca Ortiz

    Graduating Senior, Earlham College

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    Maria Santos

    Director of Operations Santa Fe Dreamers Project

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    Gillian B. White

    Deputy editor, The Atlantic

11:10 AM

A Strong Start for All Children*

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

Speakers

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    Marla Dean

    Executive Director, Bright Beginnings

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    Myra Jones-Taylor

    Chief Policy Officer, ZERO TO THREE

11:20 AM

Teachers Revolt

Speakers

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    Aidan Balt

    Teacher, Maricopa High School

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    Heather Cody

    Teacher, Mayo Demonstration School, Tulsa, OK

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    Rodolfo Dueñas

    Teacher, Woodrow Wilson High School Los Angeles, CA

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    Susan Saulny

    Journalist

11:40 AM

Beyond Parkland: Keeping Students Safe

Speakers

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    Kathleen Koch

    Author and Journalist

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    D'Angelo McDade

    Executive Director, Peace Warriors

12:00 PM

Lunch

12:30 PM

Breakout Sessions

Should College Be Free? A Student Debate

Speakers

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    Katherine Bliss Davis

    Debater, Potomac School ’20

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    Christian Herald

    Student, Potomac School ’21

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    Charlie Judd

    Student, Potomac School ’21

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    Kaitlyn Maher

    Debater, Team USA

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    Harry Strong

    Director of Public Speaking and Forensics, The Potomac School

The Native Student Experience

Speakers

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    Gabriella Blatt

    Student, Yale University

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    Mary Annette Pember

    Independent Journalist; Contributor, The Atlantic

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    Alia Wong

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

01:15 PM

A Drumline Performance by Excel Academy

01:20 PM

Welcome Back

Margaret Low, The Atlantic

Speakers

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    Ryan Stowers

    Executive Vice President, Charles Koch Foundation

01:30 PM

Are HBCUs at Risk?

Speakers

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    Wayne A. I. Frederick

    President, Howard University

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    Adam Harris

    Staff writer, The Atlantic

01:50 PM

Higher Ed: The Value and Values*

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

Speakers

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    Kim Clark

    Assistant Director, Education Writers Association

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    Michelle Asha Cooper

    President, Institute for Higher Education Policy

02:00 PM

College Admissions: After the Scandal

Speakers

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    Anthony Abraham Jack

    Assistant Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Author, The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students

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    Bari Norman

    Co-Founder and Head Counselor, Expert Admissions

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    Jeff Selingo

    Contributing Editor, The Atlantic

02:20 PM

College Admissions: The Lawsuit Against Affirmative Action

Speakers

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    Adam Mortara

    Partner, Bartlit Beck LLP; Counsel, Students for Fair Admissions

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    Jeff Selingo

    Contributing Editor, The Atlantic

02:45 PM

Leveling the Playing Field in Science*

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

Speakers

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    Scott Heimlich

    Vice President, Amgen Foundation

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    Corshai Williams

    Doctoral Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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    Enrique Garcia-Rivera

    Head of Oncology Research, nference

02:55 PM

Affordability and Access: Is College in Crisis?

Speakers

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    Rep. Donna Shalala

    (D-FL)

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    Ron Brownstein

    Senior editor, The Atlantic

03:15 PM

The Case for Civics 101

Speakers

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    David Simas

    CEO, Obama Foundation

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    Matt Thompson

    Contributing Editor, The Atlantic; Editor in Chief, Center for Investigative Reporting

03:35 PM

Closing Thoughts

Founding

Presenting

Supporting

Event Details

Washington, D.C.

The Newseum, Knight Conference Center 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20001 May 14, 2019 8:15 a.m.– 3:45 p.m. E.T.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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