Thursday, October 16, 2014
Let us Leave No Child Behind - Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President, Children’s Defense Fund
Drawing on data and findings of CDF’s recently released “The State of America’s Children: 2014,” Edelman furthers the notion of collaboration as a necessary process for solving persistent failure and inequality, and inspires critical self-awareness and hope among partners.
Enough is Known for Action - Linda Darling-Hammond, C. E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford Graduate School of Education
Research, best practice and leadership is converging perhaps as never before on a set of policy and practice levers to ensure that equity and excellence can be achieved systemically. Labor and management are coming together in new ways, and community leadership is being increasingly brought to the table of educational decision-making. At the center of teaching quality, poverty and neighborhood factors and heightened standards for teaching and learning lies the potential for the transformation of the profession of teaching, and unprecedented levels of student learning and development.
Master Teachers Speak: Communities, Unions and Districts Listen - David Berliner, Regents’ Professor of Education Emeritus, Arizona State University (moderator)
A panel of master teachers reflect on their professional trajectory from novice to master—how did districts, unions and communities help or hinder their growth? What is their vision of the union and district of the future? What forms of community engagement remain untapped or under-utilized?
- Gladys Sossa-Schwartz, National Education Association Teaching Fellow; National Board Certified Teacher
- Melissa Collins, Senior Fellow, The NEA Foundation; Global Fellow, The NEA Foundation; National Board Certified Teacher
- Joshua Parker, Global Fellow, The NEA Foundation; State Teacher of the Year
Friday, October 17, 2014
Students Speak: Communities, Unions and Districts Listen - Michael Nakkula, Practice Professor, Chair, Applied Psychology and Human Development, University of Pennsylvania (moderator)
A panel of student leaders provides perspectives on the “hot topics” that students believe most directly impinge on their academic success, development and sense of well-being. The session addresses their thought on policy issues—high-stakes testing, school climate and safety, and use of technology among others. It also elicits their “lived experiences” as students, who have demonstrated grit and resilience in the face of academic or social adversity. The goal: learn what we as collaborative teams can do differently as we embrace increasingly students themselves as partners in our efforts to prepare all children for success in the 21st Century and for college and career readiness.
- Austin Shaw, Junior, Greensburg Salem High School, PA
- Elexia Alleyne, Senior, Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, DC
- David Peake, Sophomore and Community Scholar, Georgetown University
Read the NEA Foundation's issue brief, "Students Speak: Teachers in Lee County, FL Embrace Student Feedback to Improve Instruction."
11:30 AM-12:00 PM
Leading with Hope and Courage in Uncertain Times - Charles Blow, The New York Times’ Visual Op-Ed Columnist
Our children may not understand “The Right and the Left” or “Progressive or Conservative,” but they seize fully the quality of their schools, communities, teachers, neighborhoods and home life. The goal of this keynote is to help our leaders transcend
ideological or political divides as a moral imperative of effective leadership on behalf of all children. Charles Blow will draw on his experience as a student of color and as one of nation’s most incisive and compassionate cultural critics.
*All times based on Eastern Standard Time.