Featured Speakers

 
 

Dr. Andres Alonso

PROFESSOR OF PRACTICE AT THE HARVARD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
FORMER CEO OF BALTIMORE CITY SCHOOLS

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Dr. Alonso served as CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools from 2006 to 2013. He spearheaded a reform effort that re-envisioned the balance of authority and responsibility across the system, created choice for families, and implemented landmark labor contracts.

His focus on individual students and teaching and learning yielded marked improvement in achievement across all levels and led to increases in district enrollment for the first time in almost 40 years.

Prior to Baltimore, he was Chief Of Staff and then Deputy Chancellor for Teaching and Learning during the first phase of New York's Children First reforms.

He had previously spent 12 years as a teacher of English Language Learners and students with disabilities in Newark, N.J. 


 

Elisa Villanueva Beard

ceo, teach for america

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Elisa’s journey with Teach For America started as a 1998 corps member in Phoenix. She joined staff in 2001 to lead the organization’s work in her hometown in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Four years later, she became chief operating officer, leading Teach For America’s field operations as the organization expanded from 22 to 48 regions, growing its network from 12,500 to more than 43,000 leaders in 2013 while improving student outcomes each year.

In 2015, Elisa became the sole chief executive officer of Teach For America, after serving as co-CEO alongside Matthew Kramer for two years. Today, under her leadership, Teach For America impacts hundreds of thousands of students each year in nearly 2,500 schools across more than 50 regions. The Teach For America network of 60,000 leaders is working from every sector to ensure that all children have the access and opportunity to reach their full potential and achieve their dreams. Elisa holds a B.A. in sociology from DePauw University. She sits on the boards of the Holdsworth Center and Leadership for Educational Equity. She lives in Houston with her husband, Jeremy, and their four sons.