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.

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Breakout Session [clear filter]
Friday, April 5

10:15am EDT

How to Engage Young People in the Civic Process
This panel will discuss approaches to the following questions:
  • What is the role of civic education in an age where facts are seen as controversial or disputed, and reporting and analysis have been decentralized away from traditional media? 
  • How do we teach students to be critical consumers of media, especially social media, and prepare them for engagement in democracy and society? 
  • How have we already changed the way we talk about historical events and how are we changing it more in the future? 
  • How do teachers at the K-12 level insulate themselves from critiques of bias such as those leveled at higher education?  

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Jonathan Gold

History Teacher and Writer, Moses Brown School (RI)
Jon Gold is in his 13th year teaching Middle School history at Moses Brown School, an independent Quaker school in Providence, RI. In addition to teaching, Jon helps direct the school's Expert Thinking program in innovative pedagogy. Jon also writes for Teaching Tolerance, the education... Read More →
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Louise Dube

Executive Director, iCivics
Louise joined iCivics as its Executive Director in July 2014.  Louise discovered the power of education in the early 1990’s as a co-founder of CASES, a New York alternative-to-incarceration program for youthful offenders where education helped re-shape lives.  Inspired by a continuing... Read More →
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Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg

Director, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement
Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg is the director of The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life . She manages CIRCLE’s expansive portfolio of initiatives and products, such as original research... Read More →
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Zach Mezera

Executive Director, Providence Student Union
Zack Mezera brings on-the-ground education organizing experience to his role as co-founder and executive director of the Providence Student Union (PSU), a youth-led education advocacy organization in Providence, RI. Since 2010 he has supported student leaders to create a “student... Read More →
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Ahmed Sesay

Student and Youth Organizer, Providence Student Union
Ahmed Musa Sesay grew up in the inner city of Providence, Rhode Island (where he felt he never quite fit in), and is graduating from Classical High School. He hopes to attend college for Advertising and pursue a career in Creative Direction.

Friday April 5, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am EDT

10:15am EDT

Investing in Education: Criteria for Success
In the past two decades, we have seen the proliferation of audacious, big-money-backed initiatives to transform American education system led by business executives, tech founders, and venture capitalists.

But has it worked?

How should we define the success of these initiatives?

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Elizabeth Chou

Partner, New Markets Venture Partners
Elizabeth Chou joined New Markets Venture Partners in 2010 and is a Partner. She is a board director for Kickboard and LearnPlatform, and a board observer for APDS, BetterLesson, Galvanize, PresenceLearning, Graduation Alliance and previously for Questar Assessment, Moodlerooms, Think... Read More →

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Miguel Cardona

Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Meriden Public Schools
Miguel A. Cardona is a lifelong resident of Meriden. He attended Meriden Public Schools and attended UCONN where he received his Masters, 6th Year Certificate through UCAPP, Doctorate in Education, and Executive Leadership Program (093) Certificate.After serving as teacher, Miguel... Read More →
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Miriam Altman

CEO, Kinvolved
A former NYC Department of Education high school history teacher, Miriam Altman is CEO and Co-founder of Kinvolved, a social enterprise that takes a holistic approach to fighting student absenteeism, combining technology tools and human interventions to increase funding to school... Read More →
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Stephanie Khurana

Managing Director, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Stephanie Khurana is responsible for identifying and supporting DRK Entrepreneurs. Stephanie currently serves on the boards of DRK portfolio organizations Empower Schools, GlobalXplorer, Kinvolved, and WattTime. She previously served on the boards of DRK grantees Braven, EdBuild... Read More →

Friday April 5, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am EDT

10:15am EDT

Rebuilding School Systems After Natural Disasters
From wildfires to hurricanes, this past year we once again bore witness to the catastrophic effects that our changing natural world can inflict on the lives of humans and society. The displacement caused by natural disasters extends, of course, to the educational life cycle of the average student, whose education is stopped or disrupted due to schools being severely damaged or destroyed by the extreme weather conditions of our time.

In this panel, we will examine how can we rebuild school systems after a natural disaster to improve efficacy, while preserving local memory and tradition. We will examine the recovery efforts in Louisiana, Texas, and Puerto Rico to parse out potential lessons learned that could be applied to other settings. We examine how natural disaster recovery has both driven and impeded school reform.

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Hanna Campbell

Senior Manager, Education Programs, The Moth
Hanna Campbell is the Senior Manager for The Moth's Education Program. She's been working in educational and nonprofit spaces for the past decade. In that time, she’s served as the founding Director of Operations for two middle schools, designed a training program for future school... Read More →

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Douglas Harris

Professor of Economics and Director of the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans, Tulane University
Douglas Harris is Professor of Economics, the Schleider Foundation Chair in Public Education, Director of the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans, and Director of the newly formed National Center for Research on Education Access and Choice (REACH), all at Tulane University... Read More →
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Paulette Carter

President/CEO, Children's Bureau of New Orleans
Paulette Carter is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is President/CEO of the Children’s Bureau of New Orleans, a non-profit organization which offers an array of mental health services to children and families in the greater New Orleans area. Ms. Carter has worked at Children’s... Read More →
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Rian Wright

School Leader, KIPP Texas Public Schools-Houston
Rian Wright was born in, and lived most of her life in, Detroit, Michigan.  After graduating from high school, Rian earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Central Michigan University. Rian moved to Austin in 2006 for graduate study and earned her Master’s in Higher Education... Read More →
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Astrid Raquel Cruz-Negrón

Community Organizer and Teacher, Centro Apoyo Mutuo de Utuado
Astrid R. Cruz-Negrón is a Puerto Rican teacher who works in the center of the Island of Puerto Rico. She teaches Spanish and History. Astrid is a working mother. She is an environmentalist, union worker and political activist working on causes related to freedom, social justice... Read More →

Friday April 5, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am EDT

10:15am EDT

Sex Ed in #metoo
What does comprehensive sexual education look like in today’s day and age?
This panel will seek to answer questions including:
  • How might sexual education in elementary, middle, and high school change as a result of the #MeToo movement? 
  • In what ways has the way we think and talk about gender norms, identity, and consent changed over the last decade? 
  • In what ways can we educate our students to better prepare them to engage in safer, healthier conversations and behaviors?  

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Justine Ang Fonte

Director of Health and Wellness, The Dalton School
Justine Ang Fonte is the founder and Director of Health & Wellness at The Dalton School, a K-12 independent school in New York City. She also works as a consultant to schools and speaker for teachers, parents, and students in both public and private school institutions across the United States on feminist-based sex education.Her work as a teacher began in middle school mathemati... Read More →
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Samantha Cyrulnik-Dercher

Federal Policy Director, Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS)
As the Federal Policy Director, Samantha leads the development and execution of SIECUS’ federal policymaker education, advocacy, and lobbying strategies. Prior to joining the SIECUS team, Samantha served as Acting Legislative Director for Congressman Tim Walz. She worked in a variety... Read More →
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Tahir Duckett

Executive Director, ReThink
Tahir Duckett is the Founder and Executive Director of ReThink, an organization dedicated to preventing sexual violence before it starts, with a particular focus on adolescent boys. An expert facilitator and organizer, Tahir identifies potential leaders and helps them build and practice... Read More →
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Kathy Moore

Executive Editor, The 74
Kathy Moore is an executive editor at The 74, a nonprofit news site covering education in America. Kathy has edited deep-dive and investigative projects for The 74 on San Antonio's efforts to integrate its schools by income, New York City's handling of teacher misconduct and incompetence... Read More →
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Mary Anne Mosack

President and CEO, Ascend
Mary Anne Mosack serves as the President and CEO of Ascend, a national membership and advocacy organization representing the Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) field. In this role she promotes an accurate understanding and appreciation for Sexual Risk Avoidance as an important primary prevention... Read More →

Friday April 5, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am EDT

10:15am EDT

The Future of Refugee Education
Georgia has resettled 37,000 refugees in the past 25 years. The majority of those refugees were resettled in DeKalb County. This panel will explore what the education journey looks like for refugee students and offer perspectives from DeKalb County about how to best serve the unique needs of refugee students.  

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Joe Luft

Executive Director, Internationals Network
Joe Luft is Executive Director of Internationals Network for Public Schools. As Executive Director, Joe leads a national team of passionate educators and advocates for educational equity for multilingual learners.  Joe has spent his career in public education and the nonprofit sector... Read More →

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Babba Jaden

Student, Elms College
Originally from Ethiopia by way of South Sudan, Babba Jaden worked his way through hundreds of tests and soccer practices to become a part of the Fugees Academy Class of 2016, the first group of students to graduate from the Fugees Academy. He is currently a CIT major in his junior... Read More →
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Wahid Khaleqad

Student, Elms College
Originally from Afghanistan, Wahid Khaleqdad started at Fugees Academy in the sixth grade. Wahid graduated from Fugees Academy class of 2017 and is now a sophomore at Elms College. Wahid served as a member of AmeriCorps and assisted Fugees Academy in their after-school tutoring program... Read More →
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Julie Allen

Principal/CEO, International Community School
Julie Allen leads the International Community School, a K-5 public charter school in Decatur, GA, which aims to model for the world what rigorous and holistic education of refugee, immigrant, and local students should be. ICS accomplishes this mission by using the International Baccalaureate... Read More →
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Luma Mufleh

CEO, Fugees Family, Inc.
Luma Mufleh is the CEO and Founding Director of Fugees Family, Inc., a nonprofit organization that uses the power of soccer, education, and community to empower refugee children to successfully integrate into the United States. Luma is a 2016 Top 10 CNN Hero whose story has been featured... Read More →

Friday April 5, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am EDT

1:15pm EDT

Desegregating Schools: 65 Years Later
It has been 65 years since the famous Brown v. Board of Education case was decided by the US Supreme Court, ruling that schools cannot be segregated by race.

Yet, our schools are still segregated and, on some metrics, even more segregated than they were at the time of the verdict.

We’ve invited two school districts to share the levers they are pulling to reverse segregation in their districts, what's working, and what still needs to be done.

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Thomas Toch

Director, FutureEd
Thomas Toch is director of FutureEd, an independent think tank at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy. He is a former senior partner at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and director of the foundation’s Washington office. Toch is a founder... Read More →

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Mohammed Choudhury

Chief Innovation Officer, San Antonio ISD
Mohammed Choudhury is the Chief Innovation Officer at the San Antonio Independent School District. In this capacity he is entrusted with incubating and scaling high-leverage school design and turnaround initiatives, that will have the greatest impact on moving the needle on student... Read More →
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Matthew Gonzales

Director, School Diversity Project, New York Appleseed
Matt Gonzales is an educator, an advocate, and a policy analyst. He is Director of the School Diversity Project for New York Appleseed, a non-profit social justice center that advocates for integrated schools and communities in New York City and State. He coordinates a citywide coalition... Read More →
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Emmy Liss

Chief of Staff, Early Childhood Education & Student Enrollment, NYC Department of Education
Emmy Liss is Chief of Staff for the Division of Early Childhood Education and Student Enrollment at the NYC Department of Education. In this capacity, Emmy oversees day-to-day operations and leads several key initiatives for the Division. She also serves as the primary staff liaison... Read More →
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Kayla M. Morrow

Executive Director, AP for All, NYC DOE Office of Equity and Access
Kayla M. Morrow is the Executive Director of the Advanced Placement for All (AP for All) initiative which is part of the NYC Department of Education's (NYCDOE) Equity and Excellence agenda. AP for All is a citywide program that aims to ensure that by fall 2021, students at all high... Read More →

Friday April 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm EDT

1:15pm EDT

Promise and Perils of Data Use in Schools
With the increase of big data practices in education, how are districts, teachers, and parents coping?
This panel will discuss:
  • The ways in which data is transforming the teaching profession;
  • How schools and teachers are ensuring student privacy; and, 
  • How parents are involved in the data privacy process as well.  

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Alexander Russo

Journalist, The Grade
Alexander Russo is a longtime education journalist whose work has been published in outlets including Slate, The Washington Monthly, Washington Post. His latest project, The Grade, is an effort to help improve media coverage of education issues in the press. He has been a Spencer... Read More →

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Christopher Leake

National Vice President for Data, Reporting and Insights, Teach for America
Christopher Leake is the National Vice President for Data, Reporting and Insights at Teach For America.  His division is responsible for organization-wide reporting, analytics, applications administration, strategic consulting and data governance.  His professional experience spans... Read More →
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Rebecca Good

Dean of Relay Connecticut, Relay Graduate School of Education
As founding Dean of Relay Connecticut, Rebecca Good is the educational leader for all Relay programs in Connecticut. Good, a dedicated award-winning educator served as a secondary teacher and principal in New Haven. Good is a doctoral candidate in Global Education at the Rossier School... Read More →
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Etai Mizrav

Senior Consultant, American Institutes for Research
Etai Mizrav is a senior technical assistance consultant and the equity content leader at the Center for Great Teachers and Leaders at American Institutes for Research. He supports states in developing policies and implementing programs related to equity in education and particularly... Read More →
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Lynzi Ziegenhagen

Founder and CEO, Schoolzilla PBC
Lynzi Ziegenhagen is founder and chief executive officer of Schoolzilla, a Public Benefit Corporation whose mission is to empower people across the country to use data to improve education for students, especially students from underserved communities. Based in Oakland, California... Read More →

Friday April 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm EDT

1:15pm EDT

Systems of Oppression in Education Reform
Do education reform efforts perpetuate the systems of oppression they're designed to dismantle? Over the past few years, discussions around improving the field haven't scratched below the surface. Do we need more people of color leading? Yes. But what else?

In this session, participants will debate issues around representation, outcomes, money, and power in education and explore ways to do right by communities.

From the moderator: attendees should be prepared to be uncomfortable. 

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Jamilah Prince-Stewart

Executive Director, FaithActs for Education
Jamilah is a native of New Haven, Connecticut and graduate of Yale University. After graduation, Jamilah worked at Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation as the Placement Manager, where she placed inner-city middle school students into independent secondary schools around the country... Read More →

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Tenicka Boyd

Senior Advisor to the President, Color of Change
Please note: in this session, Tenicka Boyd is representing her own views, not those of her employer, Color of Change.Tenicka Boyd is the Senior Advisor to the President of Color Of Change, where she serves on the leadership team as a strategic thought partner to the President. Prior... Read More →
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Duanecia Evans

Senior Managing Director of Black Community Alliances, Teach for America
Born and raised in Harlem, New York, Duanecia Evans leads as Senior Managing Director on Teach For America's national Public Partnerships Team. Duanecia's portfolio of partnerships specifically focuses on strengthening opportunities within the Black community. Duanecia has ensured... Read More →
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Subira Gordon

Executive Director, ConnCAN
Subira Gordon was born and raised in Jamaica, in a small rural community with a 2 percent literacy rate. Her mother was one of the few people who could read, and Subira quickly realized the value of schooling, as her mother was often asked to assist neighbors with undertakings that... Read More →
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Barbara López

Director, Make the Road CT
Originally from California, Barbara is a first generation American. Barbara learned about the importance of her community from her Guatemalan parents, who came to the United States in search of a better life. Barbara received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of... Read More →

Friday April 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm EDT

1:15pm EDT

Tales of Turnaround
While formal federal and state policy definitions and guidelines for "turnaround" schools have shifted over the last decade, what remains true is that thousands of our nation's schools are severely underperforming.

These schools require drastic and comprehensive interventions to produce necessary gains in academic achievement, as well as to lay a path for long-term systems change and performance improvement.

We dive into cases of turnaround efforts to better understand what has worked, what the key challenges are, and how we might improve turnaround efforts in the future.

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Julie Swerdlow Albino

Massachusetts Department of Education, Advisor to the Commissioner
Julie is an Advisor to the Commissioner of Elementary & Secondary Education in Massachusetts where she supports the development of new initiatives, including those related to under-performing districts and schools.  Prior to her work at the state, she served as the Co-Executive Director... Read More →
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Nithya Rajan

Sr. Advisor, Programs and Impact Team, KIPP Foundation
Nithya Rajan recently joined the KIPP Foundation in New York after nearly 8 years at Green Dot Public Schools in Los Angeles.  At KIPP, she serves as a senior advisor to the Programs and Impact team doing strategic planning for the academic team in service to KIPP regions.  At Green... Read More →
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Douglass Austin

CEO, UPD Consulting
Doug Austin, President and CEO of UPD Consulting, has over 25 years experience in both the public and private sectors, and he is an expert in performance management, organizational design, and transformation processes stemming from his senior and executive leadership roles in Baltimore... Read More →
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David Hay

Deputy Chief of Staff to the Chancellor, NYC Department of Education
David Hay is Deputy Chief of Staff to New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza.  David currently leads policy and strategy to advance the Chancellor’s vision of equity and excellence for 1.1 million students. Hay has led a strategic evolution of the city’s turnaround... Read More →
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Margo Roen

Principal of Innovative Systems and Schools, Education First
Margo is the Principal of Innovative Systems and Schools at Education First, a national consulting organization, where she supports education organizations in the areas of strategic planning, district and school improvement, and all things portfolio creation, management, and execution... Read More →

Friday April 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm EDT

2:45pm EDT

Promise Neighborhoods at 10 Years Old
What happens when you try to scale a promising school and support services model across the country?

For this panel, we will hear from leaders about the successes they have experienced and the challenges they have faced in expanding the Promise Neighborhood model.

We will seek to understand what is in store for Promise Neighborhoods with the new ESSA policy and what it means for the future of social mobility in the US.

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Josh Davis

Vice President of External Affairs, Strive Together

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Richard Raya

Director, Mission Promise Neighborhood, Mission Economic Development Agency
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Sondra Samuels

President & CEO, Northside Achievement Zone
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Dreama Gentry

Executive Director, Partners for Education
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Betina Jean-Louis

Senior Managing Director of Research and Data Support, Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ)
Betina Jean-Louis, Ph.D., is the Senior Managing Director of Research and Data Support for the Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ). Dr. Jean Louis has spearheaded HCZ's evaluation efforts since March 2002. In her capacity as Senior Managing Director, she assesses the impact of a variety... Read More →

Friday April 5, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm EDT

2:45pm EDT

Schools 2.0
How can we redesign schools to work for all students?  

How we define post-secondary success drives the design of secondary education-
so how should we define post-secondary success?

We reexamine the traditional high school pedagogical model and interrogate how technology can be effectively used to meet all students' needs.

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Andrea Gabor

Bloomberg Chair of Business Journalism, Baruch College/CUNY
Andrea Gabor, the Bloomberg Professor of Business Journalism at Baruch College/CUNY, is the author, most recently, of critically acclaimed After the Education Wars: How Smart Schools Upend the Business of Reform (The New Press, 2018.) Gabor’s book illustrates why enduring change... Read More →
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Nancy Mann

Leadership Consultant/Principal Mentor, Independent
Nancy Mann has over three decades of school leadership in urban education. She began teaching at Central Park East Secondary School, a school known for its focus on performance assessment and a restructured school day. She was a cofounder at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School in... Read More →
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Graham Browne

Founder & Executive Director, Forte Preparatory Academy Charter School
The Forte Prep Founding Team is led by Founder and Executive Director Graham Browne who is a 2015 Building Excellent Schools (BES) Fellow.  Mr. Browne is a proud graduate of Brown University and Yale School of Management with an academic background in urban studies, education, and nonprofit management, and a professional background in education policy advocacy with the Education Equality Project and n... Read More →

Friday April 5, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm EDT

2:45pm EDT

Teacher Quality: What We Know and What We Need to Know
Prof. Biasi will discuss her recent research reported in her current working papers: "The Labor Market for Teachers Under Different Pay Schemes," and "School Finance Equalization Increases Intergenerational Mobility: Evidence from a Simulated Instruments Approach."

For a sneak preview of the working papers that will be discussed during this session, please see: https://www.barbarabiasi.com/research.html

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Barbara Biasi

Yale School of Management
Barbara Biasi’s research is in the areas of labor economics and applied microeconomics, with a focus on education and creativity. Some of her recent research investigates the effects of changes in teachers’ pay on teachers’ labor markets and the effects of school finance equalization... Read More →

Friday April 5, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm EDT

2:45pm EDT

The Future of Affirmative Action - A Debate
Affirmative action has been a pillar of the American education system since the 1970s but it has faced an increasing number of challenges and criticism in recent years, from Supreme Court case involving Harvard to a Department of Justice investigation into Yale to New York City high school admissions policies.

We reexamine the history of affirmative action, analyze the impact it has had on the American education system, and discuss how the current approach stacks up against potential alternatives.

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Luke Charles Harris

Director of Programs and Co-Founder, African American Policy Forum
Dr. Luke Charles Harris, Director of Programs and Co-Founder of the African American Policy Forum, is an Associate Professor of American Politics and Constitutional Law at Vassar College. J.D. & LL.M Yale, Ph.D Princeton. He clerked for the late A. Leon Higginbotham Jr., the distinguished... Read More →
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Angel Perez

Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
Angel B. Pérez serves as Trinity's Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success.  In addition to his administrative leadership, he is passionate about teaching and research in higher education.  He is the author of many articles and textbook chapters.  Pérez is a Fulbright... Read More →

Friday April 5, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm EDT