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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Garth Harries

Sparkler Learning
Executive Director
Garth Harries, Executive Director of Sparkler Learning.  Sparkler Learning provides a mobile platform for organizations and parents to promote off-screen interactions and healthy early brain development for young children. Sparkler learning continues the public sector work of Mindful Inc, which Harries co-founded and sold to Nickelodeon in March 2019 as the foundation of Nick Jr.’s new early learning strategy. He previously served as Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of Schools in New Haven, CT. As the architect and leader of the New Haven Public School’s reform strategy, Garth drove a nearly 20% gain in the high school graduation rate, parallel improvements in college-going and college-retention, a doubling of the state growth on standardized tests, and a 10% percent increase in student population. Before that, he served as a senior executive in the New York City Department of Education where he led the creation of more than 400 new small schools and charter schools, as well as redesigning special education services to deepen instructional focus. Early in his career, Garth led engagement teams at McKinsey & Co. specializing in both financial industries and non-profit management, after spending a year teaching. He holds a JD from Stanford and a BA from Yale.  He lives with his wife and two sons on an organic farm in Ridgefield Connecticut.

My Speakers Sessions

Friday, April 5

8:30am EDT