We want our guests to leave the 2013 LEARN Education Conference knowing what next steps they can take to help improve public education for America's students. Along those lines, we will be connecting individuals and organizations with the LEARN Volunteer Consulting Program, facilitating introductions, and fostering a dialogue that seeks to identify "action areas" for each education solution debated at the Conference.
Public education in America is failing millions of our school children. Recognizing this, LEARN will host the annual LEARN Education Conference, The Debate for America’s Future: Assessing the Viability of Public Education Solutions, on Saturday, February 23, at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
The Conference will connect over 400 attendees, including education leaders in the public and private sectors and graduate students who want to use their advanced degrees to help improve public education. By connecting with leaders in education reform at the Conference, participants will be able to leverage their own skills to help improve America’s schools.
Superintendents and leaders on the front lines of education reform will discuss what investments in education have worked to improve student outcomes in their districts, on a keynote panel that includes: William Hite (Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia); Paul Vallas, (Interim Superintendent, Bridgeport Public Schools; former Superintendent of the Recovery School District of Louisiana); Bob Corcoran (President & Chairman, GE Foundation) will discuss results from the large educational investments made by the GE Foundation; Sarah Yatsko (Senior Researcher with the Center on Reinventing Public Education) will draw upon her research of School District strategies nationwide; and James H. Lytle (Education Policy Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and Superintendent for the Trenton Public Schools from 1998-2006) will moderate the discussion.
Solution-specific panels with education leaders will debate hot topics in education, helping attendees identify where they can apply their skills to implement effective solutions.
Registration and more information about the Conference’s lineup of keynotes, panels, and events are available here.
The Conference has been approved for 4.5 hours of substantive CLE credit and 0 hours of ethics CLE credit for Pennsylvania lawyers.
The Future of the Philadelphia School District: A Discussion with Thomas Knudsen, Chief Recovery Officer
The Leaders in Education Advocacy and Reform Network (L.E.A.R.N.) and the Fels Institute of Government present:
The Future of the Philadelphia School District
A Discussion with Thomas Knudsen, Chief Recovery Officer
Thursday, September 20th at 6pm in the Fels Institute of Government Seminar Room
In the last two years, the Philadelphia School District has been confronted with significant management and financial challenges. At this discussion, Mr. Knudsen will dissect the state of the District and the efforts that are in motion to change the city's educational ecosystem. The discussion will also address some key questions about the immediate future of public education reform in Philadelphia: What are the potential growing pains we can expect PSD to experience during its recovery? How should the top managers prepare for sound fiscal and personnel management as the District changes? What is the role for young leadership in this changing environment? The audience will also have the opportunity to learn more about Mr. Knudsen's rich career in public management. Join us!
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Please join L.E.A.R.N. (Leaders in Education Advocacy and Reform Network) and the Federalist Society for a debate on affirmative action: "Race Preference in University Admissions" featuring Professor Lino Graglia (Texas Law) v. Professor Randall Kennedy (Harvard Law) moderated by Professor Amy Wax (Penn Law).
The U.S. Supreme Court has recently granted certiorari in Fisher v. University of Texas, a case which will allow the Court to review the precedent set in Grutter. Will they uphold? Overturn? Join us as two of the Nation's leading experts on Affirmative Action debate its merits and future. Fisher is gearing up to be one of the most contentious and important cases for the Supreme Court's next term.
Will Affirmative Action be established as a bedrock American principle or will it become a thing of the past? Come find out on Thursday April 19th at noon in Room S-240B at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Mission Grill will be catering lunch.
For more information on Fisher v. Texas: http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/fisher-v-university-of-texas-at-austin/
Challenges in Higher Education Law, Policy, and Leadership: A Conversation with General Counsel John Alger
Leaders in Education Advocacy and Reform Network Presents:
"Challenges in Higher Education Law, Policy, and Leadership: A Conversation with General Counsel John Alger"
Monday, February 6th at 6pm
Penn Law School, Gittis Room 214
3400 Chestnut Street (Please use entrance on Sansom)
Jonathan Alger is Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where he is as a member of the senior leadership team, oversees all legal affairs for the University, serves as chief compliance officer, and advises the governing boards and administration. Before coming to Rutgers, he was Assistant General Counsel at the University of Michigan, where he helped coordinate two landmark admissions lawsuits in the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Alger previously served as counsel for the national office of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) in Washington, DC, and as an attorney-advisor in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.
Mr. Alger is First Vice President of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and a member of its Board of Directors. He also serves on advisory boards for the Association of American Universities, College Board Access and Diversity Collaborative, Sloan Foundation-funded American Association for the Advancement of Science Diversity Project, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded Valuing Diversity initiative, and the University of Vermont’s annual national conference on “Legal Issues in Higher Education.” Mr. Alger graduated with Honors from Harvard Law School and High Honors from Swarthmore College.
If you have further questions about this event or our organization, please visit www.learn-network.org. We hope you join us!
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On Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 12:00 in S240A:
Join Professor Kreimer for a discussion of his work with the ACLU of PA on B.H. & K.M. v. Easton Area School District, a case about First Amendment rights in public schools. On November 14, 2010, the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of two students claiming that EASD's ban on wearing rubber bracelets with the phrase "I ♥ Boobies! (Keep A Breast)" violates the girls' First Amendment right to free speech. The girls were forbidden from participating in extra-curricular activities because they wore the banned bracelets to school.
The Leaders in Education Advocacy and Reform Network (L.E.A.R.N)
Invites Students, Faculty, and Community Members to a Panel Discussion:
No Voter Left Behind: The Importance of Educating America's Future Electorate
Thursday, November 10, 2011
6:30pm-8:00pm, with a reception to follow
Location: Penn Law (Entrance on 34th between Walnut and Chestnut), Classroom G-214
Editor of Teaching America: The Case for Civic Education and Wall Street Journal editor David Feith will moderate a panel discussion on the importance of teaching civics education in our nation’s school system. Panelists will include former Deputy U.S. Secretary of Education, Eugene Hickok, and founder and superintendent of Democracy Prep Public Schools, Seth Andrew. See below for complete speaker biographies.
Eugene Hickok, Former Deputy Secretary of Education and Architect of the No Child Left Behind Act
Seth Andrew, Founder and Superintendent of Democracy Prep Charter Schools
David Feith (Moderator), Editor of Teaching America: The Case for Civic Education
RSVP: Space is limited. Please RSVP to (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Join L.E.A.R.N. and School Superintendent Loren Thomas for a discussion about alternative education: Weds. October 26 at 12:00pm in S240A.
Alternative education theories and practices have been influential in educational reform, but some alternative schools have also become places to warehouse disruptive and delinquent students. Dr. Thomas will facilitate a discussion of the practice and laws related to alternative education, as well as its impact on students, parents, teachers, and administration. He is currently superintendent of the Salem County Special Services School District and Vocational and Technical School District, and has been a teacher, principal, and founder of alternative schools as well as a consultant on alternative education for the New Jersey Department of Education.
Join us for a brown bag lunch (we'll bring desert!) and a discussion of how you can support effective public education.
Save the Date! Professor Kreimer will join the next LEARN brown bag lunch (at 12:00pm on Nov. 16 in S240A) to discuss his current First Amendment lawsuit.