PANELS 2019

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Never Standing Still:

Leading Through Uncertainty

Sex ed in #metoo

What does comprehensive sexual education look like in today’s day and age?

This panel will seek to answer questions like:

  • how might sexual education in elementary, middle, and high school change as a result of the #MeToo movement?

  • In what ways has the way we think and talk about gender norms, identity, and consent changed over the last decade?

  • In what ways can we educate our students to better prepare them to engage in safer, healthier conversations and behaviors?


Promise Neighborhoods at 10 Years Old

What happens when you try to scale a promising school and support services model across the country?

For this panel, we will hear from leaders about the successes they have experienced and the challenges they have faced in expanding the Promise Neighborhood model. We will seek to understand what is in store for Promise Neighborhoods with the new ESSA policy and what it means for the future of social mobility in the US.


tales of turnaround

Since No Child Left Behind, schools that did not make adequate yearly progress were designated as "turnaround" schools. Turnaround schools typically went through restructuring in an effort to reform the school's efficacy.

We dive into diverse cases of turnaround efforts to better understand what has worked, what the key challenges are, and how we might improve turnaround efforts in the future.


Investing in Education: Criteria for Success -

A Debate

In the past two decades, we have seen the proliferation of audacious, big-money-backed initiatives to transform American education system led by business executives, tech founders, and venture capitalists, but has it worked?

How should we define success of these initiatives?


The Future of Refugee Education -

A Descriptive Deep Dive

Georgia has resettled 37,000 refugees in the past 25 years. The majority of those refugees were resettled in DeKalb County.

This panel will explore what the education journey looks like for refugee students and offer perspectives from DeKalb County about how to best serve the unique needs of refugee students.


Promise and Perils of Data Use in Schools

With the increase of big data practices in education, how are districts, teachers, and parents coping?

This panel will discuss the ways in which data is transforming the teaching profession, how schools and teachers are ensuring student privacy, and how parents are involved in this process as well.


Desegregating Schools 65 Years Later -

A Descriptive Deep Dive

It has been 65 years since the famous Brown v. Board of Education case was decided by the US Supreme Court, ruling that schools cannot be segregated by race. Yet, our schools are still segregated and, on some metrics, even more segregated than they were at the time of the verdict.

We’ve invited three school districts to share the levers they are pulling to reverse segregation in their districts, what's working, and what still needs to be done.


The Future of Affirmative Action in the US -

A Debate

Affirmative action has been a pillar of the American education system since the 1970s but it has faced an increasing number of challenges and criticism in recent years, from Supreme Court case involving Harvard to a Department of Justice investigation into Yale to New York City high school admissions policies.

We reexamine the history of affirmative action, analyze the impact it has had on the American education system, and discuss how the current approach stacks up against potential alternatives.


High School 2.0

How can we redesign high school to work for all students? How we define post-secondary success drives the design of secondary education, so how should we define post-secondary success?

We reexamine the traditional high school pedagogical model and interrogate how technology can be effectively used to meet all students' needs.


Rebuilding School Systems after Natural Disasters

From wildfires to hurricanes, this past year we once again bore witness to the catastrophic effects that our changing natural world can inflict on the lives of humans and society. The displacement caused by natural disasters extends, of course, to the educational life cycle of the average student, whose education is stopped or disrupted due to schools being severely damaged or destroyed by the extreme weather conditions of our time.

In this panel, we will examine how can we rebuild school systems after a natural disaster to improve efficacy, while preserving local memory and tradition. We will examine the recovery efforts in Louisiana, Texas, and Puerto Rico to parse out potential lessons learned that could be applied to other settings. We examine how natural disaster recovery has both driven and impeded school reform.


How to engage young people in the civic process?

  • What is the role of civic education in an age where facts are seen as controversial or disputed, and reporting and analysis has been decentralized away from traditional media?

  • How do we teach students to be critical consumers of media, especially social media, and prepare them for engagement in democracy and society?

  • How have we already changed the way we talk about historical events and how are we changing it more in future?

  • How do teachers at the K-12 level insulate themselves from critiques of bias such as those leveled at higher education?