The Atlantic Education Summit

June 15, 2015


Randi Weingarten: Don't Blame Teachers

Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, argues inequality, poverty, and segregation are part of what causes bad scores.

Pay Now for Pre-K or Pay Later for Crime

Danielle Ewen, senior policy adviser for EducationCounsel, says money towards pre-k and early childhood education ultimately reduces the cost of prisons, teen pregnancy, and welfare.

NYC's Multi-pronged Renewal School System

Carmen Fariña, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education, discusses the efforts of NYC's School Renewal Program.

Students with Higher Emotional Intelligence Perform Better

Marc Brackett, Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, explains his findings that students and classrooms with teachers with higher emotional intelligence perform better academically. 

How Do Charter Schools Impact the Education Ecosystem?

John Deasy, Superintendent-in-Residence of The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, discusses the power successful charter school programs have over the education ecosystem.

Good Writers Can Become Knowledge Producers

Education writer Peg Tyre and Executive Director Peter Gault emphasize the fundamental need to instill good writing skills in students so they become active producers of knowledge.

Miami Dade College Is Leading Innovation in Building Silicon Beach

Eduardo Padron, President of Miami Dade College, discusses how the colleges Idea Center is helping spur innovation that is building Miami into a new tech hub. 

Starbucks' College Funding for Arizona State University Students

Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World, and Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University, discuss Arizona State's partnership with Starbucks to help fund employees' education.

Is Civil Service the Solution to the Wealth Gap in College?

Nick Ehrmann, CEO and Founder of Blue Engine, suggests that civil service in Americorps may help bridge the growing wealth gap between those that can afford to go to college and not. 

Kaya Henderson: Students Succeed When They're Inspired

Kaya Henderson, Chancellor of DC Public Schools, argues that to close the achievement gap, schools need to inspire instead of "reading and mathing kids to death."

Learning Emotional Intelligence by Teaching How to Apologize

Tim Shriver, Co-Founder and Chair for the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, describes how a week long seminar dedicated to teach a proper apology to students greatly enhanced the learning environment. 

Lessons Learned from Southeast 67

Steve Bumbaugh, Manager of Breakthrough Schools: D.C., CityBridge Foundation, retells the story of Antwan Green, a participant of the I Have a Dream Program from 1994 and the recent documentary Southeast 67.

Mike Johnston's Lincolnian Vision for Education Reform

Colorado State Senator Mike Johnston likens education reform to a parable from Abraham Lincoln that calls us to build institutions with values that last.

About this conference

The educational experiences of today's students are often unrecognizable to their parents. Elementary school children are learning on iPads, increased homework loads are stacked on top of more and more extracurricular activities and common core standards are defining curriculums at the expense of staples like civics, cursive, P.E. and art.

To explore the many facets of the American education system, The Atlantic will gather 400 stakeholders from across related industries to examine the factors that have molded our current school systems and explore changes that could improve how we approach learning for years to come.

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About The Atlantic

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