There was a call for a new approach to education reform–that acknowledges a shared commitment to education opportunity across party lines and ideologies–that was palpable among the participants in three days of activities at ExcelinEd’s 2015 Summit on Education Reform. The 8th annual National Summit drew more than 950 attendees from 43 states.
— Carri Schneider (@CarriSchneider) October 22, 2015
From the opening keynote to closing session, the majority of sessions took a refreshing approach to issues around extending access to high-quality learning opportunities through increasingly innovative approaches.
— John Bailey (@John_Bailey) October 22, 2015
Dr. Condoleezza Rice, 66th U.S. Secretary of State and board chair of ExcelinEd framed the Summit and the ongoing work of various attendees with an important set of reminders that echoed across the week.
— ExcelinEd (@ExcelinEd) October 22, 2015
Arthur Brooks’ dinner keynote centered wholly on the idea of a renewed commitment to all kids that challenged participants to blur political lines and launch a movement in service of viewing people “more as assets to develop versus liabilities to manage.”
A moving panel featuring parents and students representing a spectrum of #schoolchoice options kicked off the final day of EIE.
— John Bailey (@John_Bailey) October 23, 2015
Hearing personal stories of both challenges and success helped frame how important policies that allow student access to all all learning options truly are.
— Kelly Fenton (@kellyfentonmn) October 23, 2015
As our team talks about in Smart Parents, parents are now more than ever having to advocate for student success, options and access. Students need different learning environments and options at different times and parents need to understand the full range of options to create a personalized learning environment for their children.
— Julie Parrish (@hotcouponmama) October 23, 2015
These themes continued throughout the remainder of the Summit, as evidenced by these tweets and concluding thoughts.
Read this again: We HAVE to believe families want the best for their children. Even if they don't know how to get them there. #EIE15
— ExcelinEd (@ExcelinEd) October 23, 2015
Never underestimate the power a high-quality school has on the life of a child. They're not just game-changers; they're life-savers. #EIE15
— Jeani Frickey Saito (@FrickeyJ) October 23, 2015
— Carri Schneider (@CarriSchneider) October 23, 2015
See highlights of EIE15 including full videos of these powerful keynotes at: http://excelined.org/national-summit/video-library/
Mark your calendar for the November 2016 Summit on Education Reform in Washington, D.C.
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