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Watch live stream of national education thought leaders on Oct. 24-25

Watch live stream of national education thought leaders on Oct. 24-25

Watch NEA President Dennis Van Roekel
speak at last year’s event.


Some of the nation’s most prominent education thought leaders— from Dennis Van Roekel, president of the NEA, to Richard Riley, former U.S. Secretary of Education, to Fernando Reimers, director of Global Education and International Education Policy at Harvard University, among many others— will meet in Washington, DC this week to speak on speak on race, equity, how we define 21st century education, where global standards meet Common Core, and more.


Check the full schedule below (based on Eastern Standard Time) for when to view the live stream here.


8:30-9:00 a.m. Welcome

  • Harriet Sanford, President & CEO, the NEA Foundation
  • Dennis Van Roekel, President, the National Education Association


9:00-9:45 a.m. “The 21st Century is Now”

  • Richard Riley, Former U.S. Secretary of Education and South Carolina Governor


12:45-2:15 p.m. “U.S. and Global Standards at a Crossroads: The Common Core Meets Global Learning Competencies”

  • Anthony Jackson, Vice President for Education, Asia Society
  • Pedro Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, New York University (moderator)
  • Fernando Reimers, Director of Global Education and International Education Policy, Harvard University


8:45-9:45 a.m. “A Fireside Chat: “The Other Three R’s: Race, Reform, Rights”

  • Gloria Ladson-Billings, Kellner Family Professor of Urban Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Michael Lomax, President and CEO, United Negro College Fund (moderator)
  • Gary Orfield, Professor of Education, Law, Political Science and Urban Planning, UCLA


11:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. “Opportunity and Outcomes: Reflections on the Unfulfilled Promise of Equity and Excellence”

  • John Jackson, President & CEO, the Schott Foundation for Public Education