The Yale School of Management Education Leadership Conference exists to create a forum for leaders in education reform. We seek to create a constructive dialogue about how leadership skills applied to the education sector can be used to solve the most pressing and complex challenges in public education.

From its modest beginnings in 2007, The Yale School of Management Education Leadership Conference has grown to be a nationally recognized forum for education reform. The ELC is an annual two-day conference focused on convening the nation’s leaders in education reform. Through panels, networking, conversations, and workshops, our speakers, attendees, presenters, and keynotes create a community that helps build urgency in working toward student success and system-wide progress.

The ELC is sponsored and run by the Yale School of Management Education Club. Each year, 20+ Yale School of Management students work from early in the school year to conceptualize, plan, and realize the spring conference. The 2019 conference will mark our 13th anniversary.
Thursday, April 4 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Opening Plenary: Innovating Through Uncertainty: Bringing Whole Child Research to Practice

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A strong case has been made for a whole child approach to education, with solid research behind the non-academic supports and priorities that strengthen the learning experience for all students. Yet, we are still at the frontier of bringing this research to practice within classrooms, schools and systems through an integrated, rigorous and effective approach. This discussion will draw from the experience and perspective of leaders working to broaden and strengthen our approach to teaching and learning with a focus on the science of whole child development.

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Brooke Stafford-Brizard

Director of Education, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Before joining the Education Team at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to lead the organization's whole child efforts, Dr. Stafford-Brizard worked as an independent consultant supporting the integration of cognitive and social-emotional development into school districts and charter management... Read More →

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Vanessa Rodriguez

Chief Program Officer, Citizens of the World Charter Schools
Vanessa Rodriguez began her education career as a bilingual elementary school teacher in the Bronx and as the school chapter leader for the United Federation of Teachers. She joined Citizens of the World as Chief Program Officer after serving as the Chief Talent Officer of Newark... Read More →
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Marc Brackett

Executive Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and professor in the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine at Yale University. His grant-funded research focuses on: (1) the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationship quality, and mental health; (2) the measurement of emotional intelligence; and (3) the influences of emotional intelligence training on... Read More →
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Brandi Kenner

Chief of Research, Innovation and Learning, Atlanta Speech School & Rollins Center for Language and Literacy
Brandi B. Kenner, Ph.D. is currently the Director of Research and Innovation for the Atlanta Speech School, as well as the Chief of Research, Innovation & Learning for the organization’s professional learning arm – The Rollins Center for Language & Literacy. In these roles, she... Read More →

Thursday April 4, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm EDT