Education Summit 2016

May 17 – 18, 2016
Washington, D.C.

At the second annual Education Summit, The Atlantic illuminated the most pressing debates in the education world today, from cradle to college. Gathering educators, policymakers, parents and students together on stage and in the audience, we posed questions about what makes for quality early childhood education programs, how schools are still segregated, how technology is changing the classroom, what the purpose and future of higher education should be and more.

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  • Tuesday, May 17
  • 8:30 a.m.Guest Arrival and Networking Breakfast-
  • 9:00 a.m.OrientationMargaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE
    Maria Voles Ferguson, Executive Director, George Washington University Center on Education Policy
  • 9:05 a.m.Education in a Changing America: A Wide-Angle LensMargaret Chung, Principal, Arlington Career Center, VA
    Amara Evering, Student, Wilson High School
    Julian Hipkins III, Curriculum Specialist, Teaching for Change
    Kent McGuire, President, Southern Education Foundation
    Rachel Nuzum, Parent, Janney Elementary School
    With Ron Brownstein, Senior Editor, The Atlantic and Alex Wagner, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 9:40 a.m.A View From the HillLamar Alexander, Chairman, U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
    With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
  • 9:55 a.m.Will Every Student Succeed?Janel George, Senior Education Policy Counsel, NAACP-Legal Defense Fund
    Michael McCormick, Superintendent, Val Verde Public School District, CA
    Lydia Burns, Academic Standards Chair, Prichard Student Voice Team
    With Andrew Ujifusa, Reporter, Education Week
  • 10:20 a.m.The Case for Letting Kids Be KidsErika Christakis, Author, The Importance of Being Little
    With Indira Lakshmanan, Journalist
  • 10:35 a.m.The Future of Common CoreLiana Ponce, Math Teacher, H.D. Cooke Elementary School
    Kimberley Harrington, Chief Academic Officer, New Jersey Department of Education
    Neil McCluskey, Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute
    With Sarah Garland, Executive Editor, The Hechinger Report
  • 11:05 a.m.Elmo on EmpathyJeanette Betancourt, Senior Vice President, U.S. Social Impact, Sesame Workshop
    With Alia Wong, Associate Editor, The Atlantic
  • 11:30 a.m.Beyond Mystery MeatAngela McKee, Project Manager, San Francisco Unified School District Future Dining Project
    Marthaa Torres, Principal, Thurgood Marshall Academic High School, CA
    With Steve Clemons, The Atlantic
  • 11:40 a.m.Public Education, Private FundingJim Shelton, Head of Education, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
    With Joie Chen, Journalist
  • 12:00 p.m.Lunch-
  • 1:00 p.m.Welcome Back-
  • 1:05 p.m.Kids and CharacterPaul Tough, Author, Helping Children Succeed
    With Sarah Yager, Managing Editor, The Atlantic
  • 1:20 p.m.Charters Grow UpDahlia Aguilar, Founding Principal, Mundo Verde Public Charter School
    Scott Pearson, Executive Director, DC Public Charter School Board
    Shantelle Wright, Founder and CEO, Achievement Prep
    With Sarah Garland, The Hechinger Report
  • 1:45 p.m.The Tragedy of Detroit Public SchoolsA video essay from The Atlantic
  • 1:50 p.m.Two Hundred Million Dollars Later: The Story of NewarkDale Russakoff, Author, The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?
    With Liz Willen, Editor in Chief, The Hechinger Report
  • 2:05 p.m.Learning Behind BarsDavid Domenici, Executive Director, Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings
    Cara McClellan, Founder, My Sister’s Keeper Collective
    With Amanda Ripley, Contributor, The Atlantic
  • 2:25 p.m.Recess-
  • 2:30 p.m.The Resegregation of American SchoolsNikole Hannah-Jones, Staff Writer, New York Times Magazine
    With Alex Wagner, The Atlantic
  • 2:55 p.m.Trading PlacesRandi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers
    Chester Finn, President Emeritus, Thomas Fordham Institute
    With Steve Clemons, The Atlantic
  • 3:25 p.m.The Making of a Great TeacherClare Berke, English Teacher, Benjamin Banneker Academic High School
    Michael Feuer, Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, The George Washington University
    Jacqueline Greer, Executive Director, Urban Teachers
    With Alex Wagner, The Atlantic
  • 3:50 p.m.How Does Technology Change the Classroom?S. Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools
    Brandon Johnson, Math Teacher, Browne Education Campus
    With Liz Willen, The Hechinger Report
  • 4:10 p.m.The Atlantic/College Board Writing PrizeScott Stossel, Editor, The Atlantic
    John Williamson, Vice President, Advanced Placement Program
    Student Finalists
  • 4:25 p.m.Education Entrepreneurs Stacey Childress, Executive Director, NewSchools Venture Fund
    With Indira Lakshmanan
  • 4:40 p.m.The New Face of Roosevelt High SchoolAcqueelha James, Planning Principal, Roosevelt Senior High School
    Emauni Hill, Student, Roosevelt Senior High School
    Demetrius Lester, Student, Roosevelt Senior High School
    Christian Czaniecki, Special Education Teacher, Roosevelt Senior High School
    With Matt Thompson, Deputy Editor, The Atlantic
  • 5:10 p.m.Closing Thoughts-
  • Wednesday, May 18
  • 8:30 a.m.Guest Arrival and Registration -
  • 9:00 a.m.OrientationMargaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE
  • 9:05 a.m.From the South Side of Chicago to Connecticut CollegeJonah Markowitz, Photographer
    Tavaris Sanders, Student, Connecticut College
    With Matt Thompson, The Atlantic
  • 9:20 a.m.Why Does College Cost So Much?Steven Knapp, President, The George Washington University
    Barmak Nassirian, Director of Federal Relations and Policy Analysis, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
    With Eric Hoover, Senior Writer, The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • 9:45 a.m.The Age of the AdjunctMarisa Allison, Research Fellow, New Faculty Majority
    John W. Curtis, Director of Research, American Sociological Association
    Dr. Wanda J. Evans-Brewer, Adjunct Professor, Concordia University Chicago
    With Jon Marcus, Higher Education Editor, The Hechinger Report
  • 10:10 a.m.Flint: The Case for University ResearchMarc Edwards, Professor, Virginia Tech
    With Ross Andersen, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 10:30 a.m.Getting Kids Through College, A Next America ConversationMichelle Asha Cooper, President, Institute for Higher Education Policy
    Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, President, Howard University
    Timothy Renick, Vice Provost, Georgia State University
    Cecily Salvador, Incoming Student, George Mason University
    With Ron Brownstein, The Atlantic
  • 11:00 a.m.Networking Break-
  • 11:15 a.m.Collegiate Justice: Addressing Sexual Assault on CampusDana Bolger, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Know Your IX
    Jeannie Suk, Professor, Harvard Law School
    With Olga Khazan, Staff Writer, The Atlantic
  • 11:40 a.m.Race, Speech and Campus Protests: The Students' TakeAmanda Bennett, Recent Graduate, University of Alabama
    Keish Kim, Recent Graduate, Syracuse University
    Clifton Kinnie, Student, Howard University
    With Vann R. Newkirk II, Staff Writer, The Atlantic
  • 12:05 p.m.Race, Speech and Campus Protests: The Administrators' TakeAjay Nair, Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life, Emory University
    Alicia Schmidt Camacho, Professor, Yale University
    Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Rutgers University
    With Alex Wagner, The Atlantic
  • 12:30 p.m.What's the Point of College?Charlene Dukes, President, Prince George’s Community College
    Richard Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation
    Patricia McGuire, President, Trinity Washington University
    Jeffrey J. Selingo, Author, There Is Life After College
    With Steve Clemons, The Atlantic
  • 1:00 p.m.Closing Thoughts-



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