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Live From Summit 2014: Reimagining Urban School Districts

With 95% of public schools students in the United States attending traditional district schools, it is imperative that we find a way to improve school districts more rapidly, especially in urban areas where students are most at risk. Cami Anderson, the Chancellor of Newark Public Schools in New Jersey, and Paul Hill from the Center for Reinventing Public Education discussed options for scaling what works in districts in order to reach our […] Read more

Live From Summit 2014: When common ground is not enough

“I put children first,” a simple philosophy from Dr. David Hampton, on how he is able to bring his community along with him in the effort improve educational options for kids in his community. In Crossing Over Jordan, Hampton and Reverend Kendrick Curry from the Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church, shared how education reformers can better connect with their faith communities in order to build a community foundation for transforming education. Read more

Off the Beaten Path: An Insiders Guide to Summit 2013

This year will be my second year attending the NewSchools Summit. Last year, I found myself awestruck by the sheer number of people who came to share ideas, discuss what’s next in education reform, and to make new connections that will advance their work. By the end of the day, I thought my head was going to explode from trying to process it all. I didn’t even realize that I had really only witnessed or taken part in approximately 30% of what Summit has to offer. So this year, I am making a commitment to take my Summit experience to the next level, by taking part in some of the lesser known gems of Summit. Read more