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Wednesday, October 16
 

8:20am

Detracking Policy in SFUSD: Our Ongoing Commitment to Equity
This session is a part of our special Wednesday focus on professional development in mathematics. It will take place at Hillcrest Elementary School in San Francisco.

SFUSD's vision for mathematics is that all students will make sense of rigorous mathematics in ways that are creative, interactive, and relevant in heterogeneous classrooms. Our equity strategies towards this goal include both the visionary work of teams of teachers engaging in lesson study, and also our work to end tracking in secondary mathematics. This morning's session will frame our work towards rigorous math in heterogeneous classrooms, describing the policy itself relative to research and data, as well as sharing current outcomes.

There will be opportunities for questions in a later session.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
avatar for Lizzy Hull Barnes

Lizzy Hull Barnes

Math Supervisor, San Francisco Unified School District
Lizzy Hull Barnes has taught math to PreK–6th graders in schools around the Bay Area, and she has supported the learning of adults in Louisiana and fellow teachers and coaches in San Francisco. The Common Core has provided all of us a precious window to reframe the question "What... Read More →


Wednesday October 16, 2019 8:20am - 8:35am
Hillcrest Elementary School (SFUSD) 810 Silver Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134
 
Friday, October 18
 

8:15am

Paving a Successful Pathway in STEM for Low-income Populations
Mathematics is supposed to be a universal language — beautiful, expressive of human thought, and a vehicle for the study of truth. Then why is not equally accessible to everyone? Students from low-income backgrounds and underrepresented minorities rarely access deeper mathematical study, and so math and math-related careers can seem locked away from them.

We will seek to understand what kind of education many successful students receive in science and math, and how to support students from historically marginalized communities to achieve at the same level. The talk will present results from Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM), along with lessons learned about tailoring programs to reach out to new communities, how to adjust problems and topics for students who might have less background, and how to help make mathematics more accessible without sacrificing content. Participants will see specific strategies for supporting advanced work for underserved students. This session is likely to be especially relevant for teachers, program leaders, college advisors, and funders or policy makers.

Friday Slate
avatar for Daniel Zaharopol

Daniel Zaharopol

Executive Director, The Art of Problem Solving Initiative, Inc.
Daniel Zaharopol is the executive director of the Art of Problem Solving Initiative, Inc., where he founded and runs Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM). BEAM creates pathways for students from low-income and historically marginalized communities to become mathematicians... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 8:15am - 9:15am
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

8:15am

Advancing the Whole Learner
Too often, our work with learners ends up focusing on just one dimension at a time. Yet we know from learning and development science that many dimensions, including identity, social and emotional capacities, cognitive skills, even physical and mental wellness, are tied together with academic development — and vice versa. We’ll talk about some of what we know about these interconnections for helping students to start, persist, and put mental effort into their learning, and what we can practically do to help educators and students succeed.


Friday Slate
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Bror Saxberg

Vice President, Learning Sciences, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
As vice president of Learning Science, Bror Saxberg is responsible for CZI’s thinking about how to expand and apply learning science results and good learning measurement practice at scale to real-world learning situations across the full span of learning—PreK, K–16, and beyond... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 8:15am - 9:15am
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

9:25am

Child Poverty: Next Steps for Research and Policy
Although child poverty rates have fallen by half in the past 50 years, 13% of U.S. children (9.7 million in all) still live in families with incomes below the poverty line. Drawing from a recently released National Academy report on child poverty, I will briefly summarize causal evidence on the consequences of poverty for children's healthy development, as well as research on the developmental impacts of anti-poverty programs such as food stamps and the Earned Income Tax Credit. In light of our relative ignorance of the impact of poverty on very young children, I will describe an ongoing experiment in which low-income mothers with newborns are randomly assigned to receive either smaller or larger monthly cash gifts over the first 40 months of their children's lives. Impacts will be assessed on both children's cognitive and socioemotional development as well as on family processes thought to mediate the impacts of poverty on child well-being. Finally, I will describe the impacts on child poverty and employment of 20 program and policy approaches to reducing child poverty, which is also found in the National Academy report.

Friday Slate
avatar for Greg Duncan

Greg Duncan

Professor, University of California Irvine, School of Education
Greg Duncan holds the title of Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine. Duncan received his PhD in economics from the University of Michigan and spent the first 35 years of his career at the University of Michigan and Northwestern... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:25am - 10:25am
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

9:25am

Building the School of the Future
As education around the world slowly shifts from a standards-based model to a competency-based model, what will the future of education look like and how will students engage with teachers, their peers, and the world around them? For the last 10 years, NuVu has built a school on the architecture studio model that focuses on creative learning through a hands-on interdisciplinary approach. Studio topics connect with real-world issues, and large, complex questions are presented to the students to discuss and research. What will the next 10 years look like for NuVu and what are new directions schools can take to be prepared for an unknown future and the future of learning? This talk will dive into NuVu’s vision of the future and what obstacles lie in that pathway.

Friday Slate
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Saba Ghole

Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Nuvu
Saba Ghole is the co-founder and chief creative officer of NuVu Studio. She's an architectural/urban designer turned education and technology entrepreneur. Saba received her master's in urban design at MIT. Her multidisciplinary explorations in painting, photography, graphic design... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:25am - 10:25am
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

10:35am

Envisioning a New Future for School Food
The research is clear: What we feed students in school, and what we teach them about food, shapes how they behave and how they learn over the course of the school day. Over a lifetime, the eating habits we set in place for children affect their educational attainment, career advancement, quality of life, and longevity. Across the country, 30 million children count on school cafeterias for their daily nutrition, making schools the nation's largest restaurant chain. Yet today, most of our education system approaches food as a cost center to be minimized, rather than an impact center to be unlocked. In this interactive discussion, FoodCorps CEO Curt Ellis, winner of the Heinz, Peabody, and GQ Leader Awards, will share new research on FoodCorps' work reimagining the role of food in schools and turning our nation's 100,000 school cafeterias into oases of health, community, and empowerment.

Friday Slate
avatar for Curt Ellis

Curt Ellis

Founder & CEO, FoodCorps, Inc.
Curt Ellis is recognized as a leading voice in America’s food movement. After growing up in Oregon and finding his passion for food and agriculture at the Mountain School and Yale, Curt moved to Iowa to investigate the role of subsidized commodities in the American obesity epidemic... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 10:35am - 11:35am
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

12:35pm

Getting Down to Facts: Current Conditions and Paths Forward for California Schools
California’s education system has seen substantial policy shifts over the past decade, potentially benefiting the state’s 6.2 million students. This recent research project provides a “state of the state,” with the goal of providing a common set of facts to inform discussions and education policy development going forward. This is the second time that leading researchers have come together to consolidate evidence on how to improve education in California. Ten years ago the state’s dynamic system was clearly due for a revamp, but where to begin? That question could only be answered with data. The need for a fact-gathering mission gave birth to the first comprehensive Getting Down to Facts report in 2007 to take a critical look at all things K–12. The first report informed state lawmakers in their work to adopt many reforms that were necessary to put California’s education system on the right track. At the same time, an economic recession brought a chilling effect to the state’s resources and made implementation of measurable improvement an even bigger challenge. Thanks to a healthy recovery in recent years, many reforms began to take hold. Now, ten years later, after a range of educational policy changes and as the state embarks on the next chapter of its public education system, Getting Down to Facts II once again provides the facts. GDTFII provides in-depth analysis of the state education system as of 2018 and looks at what is working well and where improvement is still needed. The report’s findings are contained in 36 separate studies thoroughly researched by over 100 leading academics from top research institutions across California and the United States. What are the most important things to know about education in California? Key findings include:
• California’s education system is moving in the right direction but is still needs to build capacity to support a decade of reforms. Over the past decade, a multitude of reforms has resulted in some improvement. But the system still must ensure that educators and other practitioners have the skills, information, and materials they need to put major reforms more fully into practice.
• Large achievement gaps persist in California by race, ethnicity, income, and English learner (EL) status.
• California’s children are behind before they enter kindergarten. The system needs a continued focus on closing achievement gaps through multiple approaches, including enhanced early childhood education.
• Funding levels remain short of adequate for schools in California, given the goals of state policies.
• Untouched critical funding issues could destabilize the system. Pensions, special education, and facilities each have the potential to worsen inequities if not addressed.
• California produces very little information on what makes an excellent education for its own students. Despite investments in data systems in California, the state still falls short of what other states have developed.
This session will discuss the findings of the study and the initial work at the state level to address some of the findings.

Friday Slate
avatar for Susanna Loeb

Susanna Loeb

Director of Annenberg Institute, Professor of Education and International and Public Affairs, Brown University
Susanna's research focuses broadly on education policy and its role in improving educational opportunities for students. Her work has addressed issues of educator career choices and professional development, school finance and governance, and early childhood systems. Before moving... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 12:35pm - 1:35pm
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

12:35pm

Detracking Policy in SFUSD: Our Ongoing Commitment to Equity, the Lessons We Have Learned, and the Questions We Still Have
The SFUSD Class of 2019 was our first cohort of students to experience detracked heterogeneous eighth-, ninth-, and tenth-grade Common Core math. Now that they have graduated, what new insights do we have about the impacts of our policy? We continue to analyze data, work with stakeholders, and make adjustments to sustain our commitment to all learners. This session will describe how we have responded to both public scrutiny and curiosity about our successes and challenges, and name the questions we still have. There will be opportunities both for questions and for considering how this might resonate in your own contexts.

Friday Slate
avatar for Lizzy Hull Barnes

Lizzy Hull Barnes

Math Supervisor, San Francisco Unified School District
Lizzy Hull Barnes has taught math to PreK–6th graders in schools around the Bay Area, and she has supported the learning of adults in Louisiana and fellow teachers and coaches in San Francisco. The Common Core has provided all of us a precious window to reframe the question "What... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 12:35pm - 1:35pm
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

12:35pm

Cultural Competency in Education: What Leaders Need to Know
As leaders of our institutions, we need to have strategic vision and global understanding to manage meaningful change. How is old school diversity (something good to do and nice to have) shifting to 21st century cultural competency (something critical to the success of all of our students in a global world)? What factors help us understand where the school is on the spectrum of exclusive clubs to inclusive organizations? How do we move our communities strategically at the pace that is right for the school? Discuss these questions and gather tools to help our schools become the leading edge of cultural competency, inclusion, and equity.

Friday Slate
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Rosetta Lee

Faculty and Outreach Specialist, Seattle Girl's School
Rosetta Lee serves Seattle Girls’ School in dual roles. SGS is an innovative school for junior high school girls, aiming to empower women leaders and change agents and dedicating its energies to a diverse community of students and faculty, an anti-bias mission, and an integrated... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 12:35pm - 1:35pm
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

12:35pm

Flexible Scheduling Panel: Blocks and Other Alternatives
More presenters and session info to come.

Friday Slate
avatar for Denise Pope

Denise Pope

Senior Lecturer, Stanford University; Challenge Success
Denise Pope, PhD, is a senior lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, where she specializes in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. She is co-founder of Challenge Success, a research and intervention... Read More →
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Jonathan Howland

Dean of Students, The Urban School of San Francisco
Jonathan Howland has spent 35 years in independent school teaching and instructional leadership. He has published and presented widely on teacher collaboration, assessment for learning, and structures and practices for continued professional growth of faculty.
avatar for Roxanne S. Higgins

Roxanne S. Higgins

President and Senior Consultant, Independent School Management
Roxanne Higgins is the president of ISM and the company’s senior scheduling consultant. She is responsible for the overall operation and management of the company.Roxanne is an expert in optimizing time, space, and personnel to help every school deliver a mission-appropriate program... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 12:35pm - 1:35pm
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

12:35pm

Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life
From the start, Summit Public Schools didn’t want to build something just for our children. We believed in a new version of high school to prepare every child for college and for a fulfilled life. And part of that “good” life was a world they wanted to live in. We envisioned preparing our children to be contributing members of their community, of society. We wanted to answer questions like: What skills does someone need in a rapidly changing economy? How does one prepare for a life that has financial security and meaning? How does a high school student figure out who they are and what they want out of life? What does it mean to engage in work that feels purposeful?”

In this session, Diane will share — in straightforward terms — the school model developed by Summit educators over the past 15 years. She will weave together research and stories on how real-world and project-based learning, self-direction, reflection through mentoring, and collaboration prepare kids for adulthood and a fulfilled life, and she will show how habits of success, curiosity-driven knowledge, universal skills, and concrete next steps are the measurable outcomes these strategies are designed to develop. The session will give parents a guide of activities to help foster these skills at home.

Friday Slate
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Diane Tavenner

Co-Founder & CEO, Summit Public Schools
Diane Tavenner, a lifelong public school educator, is pioneering a new vision for education in the United States. Diane founded Summit Preparatory Charter High School in 2003, which quickly earned a reputation as one of the nation’s best public high schools. She co-founded and is... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 12:35pm - 1:35pm
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

1:45pm

Panel: College Admissions Landscape
Session info to come.

Friday Slate
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Mark Hatch

Vice President for Enrollment / Office of Admission & Financial Aid, Colorado College
Since 2001, Mark has been the vice president for enrollment at Colorado College. Before that he served as the director of admission at Occidental College, as a teacher and college counselor at Harvard-Westlake and Marlborough Schools, and as an assistant dean of admission at Bates... Read More →
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Akil Bello

Co-Founder & Former CEO, Bell Curves
Akil Bello is an educator, speaker, entrepreneur, and testing expert. Akil has worked at every level of the supplemental education industry, advising universities, launching multiple companies, developing dozens of admissions and test preparation programs, training hundreds of instructors... Read More →
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Marie Bigham

Founder and Co-Leader, ACCEPT: Admissions Community Cultivating Equity & Peace Today
Marie Bigham is the founder and co-leader of ACCEPT: Admissions Community Cultivating Equity & Peace Today, a nonprofit organization that empowers college admissions professionals who center justice, equity, and antiracism in our work and communities. With 5,700+ members since its... Read More →
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Gavin Bradley

Director of College Counseling, The Nueva School
The child and grandchild of teachers, Gavin Bradley joins Nueva as he begins his twenty-third year as an educator. His path to education was anything but direct — he spent time in the Marine Corps, as a professional rugby player, a logistics analyst, and working for the Atlanta... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

1:45pm

Fundamental Innovations to Transform Equity and Inclusion at School
Organizations rightfully understand the importance of equity and inclusion work. Effective programming requires a range of supports, partnerships, and understandings that are critical for long-term success. This session will engage participants in some critical lessons learned from the Urban School of San Francisco equity and inclusion program. Participants will learn about fundamental innovations and programmatic approaches that have guided the program over the last 20 years. This session will be useful for those considering how to partner with trustees, faculty, students, and parents.

Friday Slate
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Clarke Weatherspoon

Middle School Head, San Francisco Friends School
Clarke Weatherspoon is currently the middle school head at San Francisco Friends School. He served as history instructor, ninth/tenth grade dean, and Dean of Inclusion during 13 years at the Urban School of San Francisco. Clarke is a meditator, former water polo coach, and cyclist... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

1:45pm

Leading & Supporting Whole System Change
Change is hard. Education is complicated. Leading change in a complicated system like education is not for the faint of heart. Join other change agents and change supporters for strategy and dialogue about the conditions, mindsets, and support necessary to sustain and realize a progressive vision amidst the struggle. Facilitated by a sitting superintendent of an innovative public school district, this conversation will energize, challenge, and inspire.

Friday Slate
avatar for Erik Burmeister

Erik Burmeister

Superintendent, Menlo Park City School District
Erik Burmeister is the assistant superintendent of the Menlo Park City School District, having recently served as principal of the district's Hillview Middle School, a model 21st Century School and 2015 California Gold Ribbon School. In partnership with the Stanford d.School, Erik... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

2:55pm

Inventing the Future
How do we imagine bold new possibilities with optimism and hope and bring them to life with compelling stories and vision? By embracing roles as futurists, innovators, technologists, and humanitarians, leaders have the ability to not just live the future, but to shape it. Building on years of teaching of scenario planning, foresight, and strategic design, Lisa Kay Solomon, designer in residence at the Stanford d.school, will share leadership practices that are teachable and learnable at all ages.

Friday Slate
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Lisa Solomon

Designer in Residence and Faculty, Stanford d.school
Lisa Kay Solomon believes we're all capable of designing the future.Lisa is a Designer in Residence at Stanford's d.school, where she creates new programs and classes focused on the futures and frontiers of design, such as Inventing the Future and Design with the Brain in Mind.A TEDx... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 2:55pm - 3:55pm
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

2:55pm

What Does it Take to Succeed in Science and Math? An Equity-Focused Approach to Advanced Study
Across the US, different communities of students receive different messages about what success means. In underserved communities, the message is often about the basics: get good grades and pass your tests. Meanwhile, more privileged students are told about extracurricular programs, independent research projects, internships, and self-study. The result is that when they get to college, students might be in the same classroom, but they have radically different preparation for STEM work. Few underserved students receive the kind of education that prepares them to break barriers as scientists or for careers at top tech firms. This talk will look at trends in data surrounding student achievement. We want to better understand the academic ecosystem in which students find themselves and will consider approaches to addressing the disparities. Participants will better understand their role in preparing students for STEM careers and what it means to be STEM College Ready. The content is especially relevant for teachers, program leaders, college advisors, and funders or policy makers. Participants should also be ready to see a little bit of math, although solving problems is not required!

Friday Slate
avatar for Daniel Zaharopol

Daniel Zaharopol

Executive Director, The Art of Problem Solving Initiative, Inc.
Daniel Zaharopol is the executive director of the Art of Problem Solving Initiative, Inc., where he founded and runs Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM). BEAM creates pathways for students from low-income and historically marginalized communities to become mathematicians... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 2:55pm - 3:55pm
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

2:55pm

Advocacy & Attitudes Toward Gifted Education
A poll commissioned by the Institute for Educational Advancement demonstrates unforeseen public understanding of issues facing gifted children and supports policy reform. This presentation will explore gifted advocacy and share IEA’s poll results regarding public opinion towards gifted education.

Friday Slate
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Elizabeth Jones

President, Institute for Educational Advancement
Ms. Jones has been an educator, researcher, and administrator of educational programs for over 30 years. She holds a master’s degree in special education from the University of Southern California and has completed doctoral work in the field of educational policy and learning theory... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 2:55pm - 3:55pm
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

2:55pm

Educational Changemakers Panel
More speakers and session info to come.

Friday Slate
avatar for Chip Kimball

Chip Kimball

Past Superintendent, Singapore American School
Dr. Chip Kimball is a progressive, experienced leader with a track record of excellence at the school, district, state, national, and international levels. He has led public and private systems, both large and small, with a future orientation and a commitment to improvement, effective... Read More →
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Beth Sutkus Thompson

CEO, KIPP Bay Area Public Schools
Beth Sutkus Thompson, as founding CEO of KIPP Bay Area Schools, has been responsible for the organization’s performance, growth, and sustainability for over a decade. KIPP Bay Area Schools currently serves nearly 6,000 students in 15 schools across 6 cities and is on a path to doubling... Read More →
avatar for Erik Burmeister

Erik Burmeister

Superintendent, Menlo Park City School District
Erik Burmeister is the assistant superintendent of the Menlo Park City School District, having recently served as principal of the district's Hillview Middle School, a model 21st Century School and 2015 California Gold Ribbon School. In partnership with the Stanford d.School, Erik... Read More →
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Jennifer DiBrienza

President, Palo Alto Unified School Board
Jennifer DiBrienza’s career as a teacher began in the New York City public school system. She spent 8 years as an elementary classroom teacher and staff developer for grades K–8 and then became an education consultant for schools and districts in the US and internationally.In... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 2:55pm - 3:55pm
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403