Cross-Site Convening

 

In previous years, more than 200 education leaders joined union-district teams from the NEA Foundation’s Closing the Achievement Gaps and Institute for Innovation in Teaching & Learning initiatives, in Washington, D.C., to engage in powerful discussions led by nationally renowned thought leaders, and, most importantly, work collaboratively to apply this knowledge to inform their work plans to improve learning conditions and student performance at home.


 

Videos of the Keynotes and Panel Discussion

 

Oct. 8-9, 2015: "At the Intersection of Heart, Mind, and Community – the Profession of Teaching in the 21st Century"

Did you miss the live stream? Watch videos of the keynotes and panel discussion below, and explore the highlights on Twitter using the event hashtag #neafcon.

 

October 8, 2015 

 

"Collaboration, Teacher Voice, and Equity in Reforming Education:

Lessons from the Finnish Experience"

  • Pasi Sahlberg, Visiting Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education

 

"All Teachers as Effective Teachers"

  • Deborah Loewenberg Ball, William H. Payne Collegiate Professor in Education, Dean of the School of Education, University of Michigan
  • Paul Reville, Senior Fellow, The NEA Foundation; Francis Keppel Professor of Educational Policy and Administration, Harvard Graduate School of Education

 

Panel Discussion: "All Teachers as Effective Teachers"

  • Terri Butts, Global Fellow, The NEA Foundation; Curriculum Effectiveness Specialist   
  • Nancie Lindblom, Global Fellow, The NEA Foundation; AP U.S. History Teacher 
  • Joan Soble, Global Fellow, The NEA Foundation; Educational Consultant and Teaching Specialist  

 

October 9, 2015

 

"Getting Better at Getting Better"

  • Anthony Bryk, President, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

 

"Race in America"

  • Ta-Nehisi Coates, Author; Senior Editor, The Atlantic

 

For highlights of Ta-Nehisi Coates's remarks, view the discussion on Twitter.  

 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

 

9:00-9:45 AM "Morning Keynote: Collaboration, Teacher Voice and Equity in Reforming Education: Lessons from the Finnish Experience"

 

Pasi Sahlberg, Visiting Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education

 

Sahlberg explores an alternative way to improve a nation’s educational performance. It is the way of inclusion and equity, teacher and leader professionalism, collaborative practice, and trust-based responsibility that has been the way of Finnish education policies since the 1970s. There are both visible and hidden lessons from Finland for participants seeking to transform education systems and enhance overall performance. 

 

1:05-1:55 PM "All Teachers as Effective Teachers?"

 

Deborah Loewenberg Ball, William H. Payne Collegiate Professor in Education, Dean of the School of Education, University of Michigan

 

Paul Reville, Senior Fellow, The NEA Foundation; Francis Keppel Professor of Educational Policy and Administration, Harvard Graduate School of Education

 

What is effective teaching against the backdrop of the 21st century? What are its goals? What does the ideal system of human and social capital development look like in the 21st century – from pre-service to ongoing professional learning? What are the teacher knowledge, skills, and dispositions that will help us to achieve the equity and excellence we seek desperately to achieve as a profession? While teaching is highly complex and ever-changing, Loewenberg Ball and Reville will highlight essential components that create and perpetuate effective teaching. 

 

1:55-2:30 PM Panel: "All Teachers as Effective Teachers"

 

Terri Butts, Global Fellow, The NEA Foundation; Curriculum Effectiveness Specialist   

 

Nancie Lindblom, Global Fellow, The NEA Foundation; AP U.S. History Teacher 

 

Joan Soble, Global Fellow, The NEA Foundation; Educational Consultant and Teaching Specialist  

  

Friday, October 9, 2015

 

8:45-9:45 AM "Getting Better at Getting Better"

 

Anthony Bryk, President, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

 

Dr. Bryk will reflect on his most recent work promoting a transformational approach to educational change. He posits two core problems confront the field:

- a growing chasm between unmet social needs, rising aspirations and what our social institutions can routinely accomplish
- current R&D strategies are too slow, too expensive and the findings are often of limited value to the on-the-ground problems people are       trying to solve. 

 

Bryk argues we must learn faster and better in order to reliably achieve quality outcomes for students at scale. (Includes time for Q&A)

 

 11:30-12:00 Closing: Race in America

 

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Author; Senior Editor, The Atlantic

 

The national headlines are filled with examples of the system’s failure and its consequences. Bestselling author of The Beautiful Struggle and Between the World and Me, Coates chronicles a nation still deeply plagued by systematic racism, drawing from his own experiences to explore the implications of race and inequality. 

2014 Cross-Site Convening: "Voices for Excellence and Equity: Students, Educators, and Communities Speak Out"

On October 16-17, 2014, the NEA Foundation convened 18 of its union-district leadership teams.

 

Watch videos of all the keynote speakers and panel discussions below.

 

 

Marian Wright Edelman: "Let us Leave No Child Behind"

In her remarks, Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund, furthers the notion of collaboration as a necessary process for solving persistent failure and inequality, and inspires critical self-awareness and hope among partners.

 

 

Linda Darling-Hammond: "Enough is Known for Action"

In her remarks, Linda Darling Hammond, C.E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford Graduate School of Education, discusses how research, best practice and leadership is converging on a set of policy and practice levers to ensure that equality and excellence can be achieved systemically. 

 

 

Master Teachers Speak: Communities, Unions and Districts Listen 

What contributes to the trajectory of a master teacher and how can districts, unions, and communities help? Three master teachers share their stories, moderated by David Berliner, Regents’ Professor of Education Emeritus at Arizona State University.

 

 

Students Speak: Communities, Unions and Districts Listen

How can union-district teams do differently to embrace students as partners? Michael Nakkula, Practice Professor, Chair, Applied Psychology and Human Development, University of Pennsylvania, moderates a panel of student leaders who share their perspectives on the “hot topics” that most directly impinge on their academic success, development, and sense of well-being.

 

 

Charles Blow: "Leading with Hope and Courage in Uncertain Times"

How can leaders transcend ideological or political divides as a moral imperative of effective leadership on behalf of all children? Charles Blow, The New York Times’ Visual Op-Ed Columnist draws on his experience as a student of color and as one of nation’s most incisive and compassionate cultural critics.

 

 

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