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What do Charles Blow, Linda Darling-Hammond, and Marian Wright Edelman have in common?

What do Charles Blow, Linda Darling-Hammond, and Marian Wright Edelman have in common?

They’re all contributing to powerful discussions at the NEA Foundation’s upcoming Cross-Site Convening.

More than 200 education thought leaders will come together in Washington, D.C. to engage in conversations around union-district collaboration to advance systemic change, to address poverty and race, and to be responsive to student and educator voices.

Watch live streaming coverage

Beginning Thursday, October 16 at 9:00am ET/6:00am PT

The event brings together teams of union and district leaders from the NEA Foundation’s Closing the Achievement Gaps Initiative and Institute for Innovation in Teaching and Learning to develop systems and approaches to improve learning conditions and student performance in their communities.

See the agenda below for when to tune in, and join the conversation on Twitter.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

9:00-9:30 AM

Let us Leave No Child Behind – Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President, Children’s Defense Fund

9:30-10:00 AM
Enough is Known for Action – Linda Darling-Hammond, C. E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford Graduate School of Education

1:05-2:30 PM
Master Teachers Speak: Communities, Unions and Districts Listen – David Berliner, Regents’ Professor of Education Emeritus, Arizona State University (moderator)

  • 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

8:45-9:45 AM

Students Speak: Communities, Unions and Districts Listen – Michael Nakkula, Practice Professor, Chair, Applied Psychology and Human Development, University of Pennsylvania (moderator)

  • 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

11:30 AM-12:00 PM

Leading with Hope and Courage in Uncertain Times – Charles Blow, The New York Times’ Visual Op-Ed Columnist

*All times based on Eastern Standard Time.