The Atlantic Education Summit

June 15, 2015


Monday, June 15

8:55 am EDT Orientation and Remarks     Watch On-Demand
  • Margaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE
  • James Marks, Executive Vice President, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
9:05 am EDT Building Blocks of Learning     Watch On-Demand
  • Lisa Klein, Executive Director, Alliance for Early Success
  • Danielle Ewen, Senior Policy Advisor, EducationCounsel LLC
  • Lauren Hogan, Vice President of Programs and Policy, National Black Child Development Institute
  • With Claudio Sanchez, Education Correspondent, NPR
9:30 am EDT Leveling the Playing Field: Kaya Henderson     Watch On-Demand
  • Kaya Henderson, Chancellor, DC Public Schools
  • With Matt Thompson, Deputy Editor,
9:55 am EDT The Age of Emotional Intelligence     Watch On-Demand
  • Marc Brackett, Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
10:15 am EDT It Takes a Village     Watch On-Demand
  • Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers
  • With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
10:35 am EDT Learning is a Team Sport     Watch On-Demand
  • Tim Shriver, Co-Founder and Chair, Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning
  • With James Bennet, Co-President and Editor in Chief, The Atlantic
11:00 am EDT P.S. NYC: Lessons from America's Largest School System     Watch On-Demand
  • Carmen Fariña, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
  • With Matt Thompson
11:30 am EDT The Next Chapter on Charter Schools     Watch On-Demand
  • John Deasy, Superintendent-in-Residence, The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems
  • Allison Fansler, President and COO, KIPP DC
  • With Steve Clemons
11:55 am EDT Climbing the Rocky Mountain to Reform     Watch On-Demand
  • Mike Johnston, Member, Colorado State Senate

Lunch Break: 12:15 - 1:00 pm EDT
1:00 pm EDT Afternoon Remarks     Watch On-Demand
  • Margaret Low Smith
1:10 pm EDT The Atlantic and College Board Writing Prize     Watch On-Demand
  • TBA, Winner, The Atlantic and College Board Writing Prize
  • Stefanie Sanford, Chief of Global Policy and Advocacy, the College Board
  • John Williamson, Vice President, Advanced Placement Program, the College Board
  • James Bennet
1:25 pm EDT Teaching Digital Natives How to Read and Write     Watch On-Demand
  • Peter Gault, Executive Director,
  • Peg Tyre, Author, The Good School
1:55 pm EDT Southeast67: Reflecting on What Counts     Watch On-Demand
  • Steve Bumbaugh, Manager, Breakthrough Schools: D.C., CityBridge Foundation
  • With James Bennet
2:35 pm EDT Pomp and Circumstances: Making it from High School to College     Watch On-Demand
  • Nick Ehrmann, CEO and Founder, Blue Engine
  • With Claudio Sanchez
3:00 pm EDT The Community College Revolution     Watch On-Demand
  • Eduardo Padrón, President, Miami Dade College
  • With Steve Clemons
3:30 pm EDT Education for All: A Tall Order     Watch On-Demand
  • Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University
  • Mary Hamm, Starbucks Employee and Arizona State University Student
  • With Amanda Ripley, Author, The Smartest Kids in the World
4:00 pm EDT Commencement     Watch On-Demand
  • Margaret Low Smith

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

Since 1857, The Atlantic has helped shape the national debate on the most critical and contentious issues of our times, from politics, business, and the economy, to technology, arts, and culture. Through in-depth analysis in the monthly print magazine, complemented by up-to-the-minute insights delivered throughout the day on, The Atlantic provides the nation’s thought leaders and professional class with forward-looking, fresh perspectives that provoke and challenge, define and affect the lives we’re living today, and give shape to the lives we will live tomorrow.

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