Education Summit 2015

June 15, 2015
Washington, D.C.

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The Atlantic held the first annual Education Summit where we gathered educators, innovators and policymakers to examine America's education system from cradle to college and explored changes that could improve how we approach learning in the years to come.

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8:30 a.m. Guest Arrival, Breakfast and Registration

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8:55 a.m. Orientation

  • Margaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE

9:00 a.m. Remarks from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation*

  • James Marks, Executive Vice President, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

9:05 a.m. Building Blocks of Learning

  • Lisa Klein, Executive Director, Alliance for Early Success
  • Danielle Ewen, Senior Policy Advisor, EducationCounsel LLC
  • Lauren Hogan, Vice President of Programs and Policy, National Black Child Development Institute
  • With Claudio Sanchez, Education Correspondent, NPR

9:30 a.m. Leveling the Playing Field

  • Kaya Henderson, Chancellor, DC Public Schools
  • Atasha James, Principal, Leckie Elementary School
  • With Matt Thompson, Deputy Editor,

9:55 a.m. The Age of Emotional Intelligence

  • Marc Brackett, Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

10:15 a.m. It Takes a Village

  • Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers
  • With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic

10:35 a.m. Learning is a Team Sport

  • Tim Shriver, Co-Founder and Chair, Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning
  • With James Bennet, Co-President and Editor in Chief, The Atlantic

10:55 a.m. “Why Principals Matter” Video Presentation

11:00 a.m. P.S. NYC: Lessons from America’s Largest School System

  • Carmen Fariña, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
  • With Matt Thompson

11:30 a.m. The Next Chapter on Charter Schools

  • John Deasy, Superintendent-in-Residence, The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems
  • Allison Fansler, President and COO, KIPP DC
  • With Steve Clemons

11:55 a.m. Climbing the Rocky Mountain to Reform

  • Mike Johnston, Member, Colorado State Senate

12:15 p.m. Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. Afternoon Remarks

  • Margaret Low Smith

1:10 p.m. The Atlantic and College Board Writing Prize

  • Nicolas Yan, Winner, The Atlantic and College Board Writing Prize
  • Stefanie Sanford, Chief of Global Policy and Advocacy, the College Board
  • John Williamson, Vice President, Advanced Placement Program, the College Board
  • James Bennet

1:25 p.m. Teaching Digital Natives How to Read and Write

  • Peter Gault, Executive Director,
  • Peg Tyre, Author, The Good School

1:55 p.m. Southeast67: Reflecting on What Counts

  • Steve Bumbaugh, Manager, Breakthrough Schools: D.C., CityBridge Foundation
  • With James Bennet

2:35 p.m. Pomp and Circumstances: Making it from High School to College

  • Nick Ehrmann, CEO and Founder, Blue Engine
  • With Claudio Sanchez

3:00 p.m. The Community College Revolution

  • Eduardo Padrón, President, Miami Dade College
  • With Steve Clemons

3:30 p.m. Education for All: A Tall Order

  • Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University
  • Mary Hamm, Starbucks Employee and Arizona State University Student
  • With Amanda Ripley, Author, The Smartest Kids in the World

4:00 p.m. Commencement

  • Margaret Low Smith

4:05 Reception

* This session was programmed by our underwriter and not The Atlantic’s editorial staff.



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