Education as Empowerment
2017 Yale Education Leadership Conference Sessions
Thursday, April 6
The Future of Connecticut School Funding
Join us Thursday evening for a Connecticut focused discussion on the future of school funding. From the CCJEF ruling to Governor Malloy’s budget, panelists will discuss how school finance will shape the future of education in the state.ton
Katie Roy, Founder, CT School Finance Project;
Frances Rabinowitz, former Superintendent, Bridgeport Public Schools;
Liz Cox, Director, Common Ground High School;
Representative Jason Rojas, CT State Representative
*Thursday night only tickets are available for this session and the cocktail hour to follow.
Friday, April 7
- Beyond the Binary: Gender Identity Activism in Schools: As society’s understanding of gender identity evolves, schools are adapting to protect and empower all students - regardless of where they fall along the gender spectrum. This panel will explore how these movements have progressed, techniques that have proven effective, and what the future holds, particularly in light of the Trump administration’s recent rollback on protections for transgender students.
Lori Davison, President, PFLAG Hartford;
Ross Sward, Principal, Norwich Free Academy;
Dr. Marianne Lafrance, Yale Psychology Professor;
Dustin Rader, High School English Teacher, Canton, CT
- Bridging the Divide: Examining the relationship between civil rights organizations and charter schools: This summer, Black Lives Matter condemned the "privatization" of schools, calling school reform "corporate-backed" and "market driven". Similarly, the NAACP has called for a moratorium on the expansion charter schools until greater oversight of charter schools’ practices and use of public funds is realized. This panel will explore the complex relationship between these advocacy movements and charter schools, highlighting the main points of contention and the areas of commonality. Through dialogue, can advocates on both sides effectively work together for the same children and communities?
Derrell Bradford, Executive Director, NYCAN;
Jamilah Prince-Stewart, Executive Director, Faith Acts;
Ron Rice, Senior Director of Government Relations, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
- Building a Talent Pipeline to Empower Rural Schools: One-third of US public schools are educated in rural communities that often face additional challenges ensuring a robust pipeline of effective teachers and school leaders. This session will explore best practices communities have used to recruit, train, retain, and develop the talent that rural students need to thrive.
Hanna Skandera, New Mexico Secretary of Education;
Lydia Hoffman, Principal, Charter School Growth Fund;
Emily Freitag, Executive Director, D2D
- Careers to Classrooms: Backwards Planning for Employment: Increasingly, traditional career pathways have been upended by models that rely on direct partnerships between employers and students. This session will explore how some organizations have begun to backwards plan educational experiences to fit future employment needs. What success have these initiatives have? Can these practices be applied more broadly with success? What are the implications of this model for the future of our education system?
Christina Grant, Assistant Superintendent, The School District of Philadelphia;
Michele Carroll, Director of Employment, Match Beyond;
Christine Renella, The Estee Lauder Company;
Skye Suttie, Academic Director, Year Up
- Curriculum Engagement: Who decides? Curriculum decision making varies widely across schools and districts but is often criticized as being undemocratic and opaque. This session will explore the decision making process schools and districts use to adopt curriculum and the implications of both the process and the final decisions for stakeholders. How can curriculum decision become more democratic? How can effectively chosen curricula empower teachers and students to achieve results?
Amy Swann, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Matchbook Learning;
Dorie Withey, Managing Director, The Achievement Network
- Education and Social Mobility: College and Career Options: In the 21st century, a high school diploma has become necessary but not sufficient for a successful career. While the number of Americans obtaining both high school and college degrees has been increasing, these milestones are still not feasible for a significant portion of the population. This panel will discuss the conditions in which a college degree leads to better life outcomes, and when others pathways might be more successful. How can high schools and support organizations prepare students for a successful career, whether that be through further education or a skills-based profession? What are the implications of these strategies for educational equity?
Sally Bachofer, Senior Advisor, City Year;
Terik Tidwell, Director of STEM Innovation, Johnson C. Smith University;
Lange Luntao, Stockton School Board;
Patricia Melton, President, New Haven Promise
- Education as Rehabilitation: New Models of Prisoner Education: With three-year recidivism rates in the U.S. soaring higher than 65%, organizations are tackling the urgent challenge of prison education reform. The panel will investigate strategies for preventing recidivism and promoting post-incarceration integration through education.
Fred Patrick, Director of Sentencing and Corrections, Vera Institute of Justice;
Brian Hill, Founder and CEO, Edovo;
Arthur Bembury, Executive Director, Partakers
- Elevating Student Voices through Human Centered Design: Human centered design can be a powerful tool to bring student voices to the center of educational products and curriculum. Using an award-winning sex-ed app as a case study, participants will get a crash course in the design process. Participants will then engage in an interactive workshop where they will apply these methods to a real design challenge currently facing their education organization.
Vichi Jagannathan, Elizabeth Chen, and Cristina Leos, Co-Founders, MyHealthEd, Inc.
- Equity Despite Decentralization: Promoting access to high quality education under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): As ESSA shifts control to the state and local level, how can the federal government and state departments of education still promote equitable access to a high quality education? Our panelists will discuss how ESSA implementation plans are progressing, the impact the new administration could have on ESSA implementation, and what we should expect as we look toward a more decentralized educational future.
Michael Magee, CEO, Chiefs for Change;
Gerard Robinson, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute;
Chad Aldeman, Principal, Bellwether Education Partners;
Jeanne Allen, Founder and CEO, Center for Education Reform;
Charlie Toulmin, Director of Policy, Nellie Mae Education Foundation
- Healthy Kids, Healthy Societies: Good nutrition and healthy lifestyles early in life have been repeatedly tied to both better student performance and improved life outcomes. This panel will explore the role of schools in addressing issues of student health. What responsibilities do schools have to improve the health of their students? Is it appropriate for schools to require or restrict certain behaviors? What innovative practices are schools and support organizations embracing to improve the health of our school children?
The Honorable Karen A. Johnson, Former Assistant Secretary of Education and CCO of HealthCorps;
Dr. Lynn Fiellin, Associate Professor of Medicine, Yale University;
Peg Oliveira, Founder, 108 Monkeys;
Dr. Liz Zmuda, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
- Innovation in Special Education: From Cradle to Career: Four decades after the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, many schools and districts still struggle to meet the needs of students with disabilities. This session will explore new and effective solutions for students with special needs of all ages. The panel will touch on innovative practices in the areas of birth to three identification, school-age instruction, transition services, and assistive technology.
Richard Nyankori, Founder and CEO, SpedX;
James McPartland, Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center;
Booda Sanchez, Director, Marriott Foundation
- Live Case Study: Problem-Solving with New Mexico's Public Education Department: Help crowd source solutions to the state of New Mexico’s current challenge in retaining and placing great teachers in the state. New Mexico state officials, including the Secretary of Education and Director of Educator Quality, will be on hand. This session will be run as a “live case study” discussion, with participants asking questions and driving solutions in real time. (A short case write-up will be handed out prior to the start of this session).
Tony Klemmer, President, National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education;
Matt Montano, Director of Educator Quality, NM Public Education Department;
Hanna Skandera, New Mexico Secretary of Education
- Schools as a Source of Community Vitality: What impact does school quality have on the vitality of its neighborhood? What role does race play in these dynamics? What levers can schools harness to positively impact their neighborhoods? What does responsible community investment look like? This panel will explore the historical, political and economic trends that have affected the vibrancy of urban neighborhoods throughout the U.S. and the impact of these trends on local schools.
Michael Duffy, President, Great Oaks Foundation;
Derrick Diggs, Vice President, Diggs Construction;
Reverend William McCullough, Founder FaithActs
- The Changing Role of CMOs in Highly Saturated Markets: With charter saturation exceeding 50% in some cities, many CMOs are rethinking their role and responsibilities as part of a larger educational ecosystem. How can CMOs complement each other and local public schools? What do they owe communities in which they serve?
Allison Fansler, President and COO, KIPP DC;
Philip Vaccaro, Managing Director, Parthenon-EY;
Armen Hratchian, COO, HighScope Educational Research Foundation;
Allison Lowe, Crescent City Schools, Principal of Akili Academy;
Michele Mason, Executive Director, Newark Charter School Fund
- The Economics of Teacher Quality: A significant body of research shows that high quality teachers are an important factor in improving student outcomes. Yet, many issues have stymied widespread improvement in teacher quality. This session, an MBA style class taught by former SOM Dean and Frederic D. Wolfe Professor of Management Sharon Oster, will explore the myriad economic issues in improving the teaching profession. How can teacher quality be consistently measured? Do incentive programs improve teacher quality? How can government policy influence the supply of high-quality educators?
- The Value of Proof Points: How and when to scale? "Big Bets" are common in the education space in order to improve student outcomes. Foundations are awarding millions of dollars to founding teams that promise new and innovative school concepts. This session will explore the merits of this strategy. How much and how long should we invest in a handful of schools to "get it right" before they prove their ability to scale? What are the challenges and decision points of schools scaling from one school to a national network? This panel will feature guests representing schools or networks across varying growth stages.
Darryl Cobb, Partner, Charter School Growth Fund;
Owen Henkel, Head of Efficiency and Impact, Pearson Affordable Learning Fund;
Stacy Kane, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Washington Leadership Academy;
Charlene Reid, CEO, Excellence Community Schools