Education in America
On November 29, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Michigan State University President John Engler and other education leaders debated school choice, teacher pay, federal funding for education and more.
Educating in America’s Urban Cores
A case-study of the opportunities and challenges facing the third-largest public school system in the nation -- from funding to demographics to high school graduation rates.
A case-study of the opportunities and challenges facing the third-largest public school system in the nation -- from funding to demographics to high school graduation rates with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Dr. Janice K. Jackson.
  • Nov 29
At a Washington Post Live event, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice K. Jackson talked about the link between income inequality and the lack of access to good education
  • Nov 29
At a Washington Post Live event, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel talked about his decision to not run for re-election.
  • Nov 29
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice K. Jackson talk about the impact of street and gang violence in children in Chicago.
  • Nov 29
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel voiced his support for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who was nominated on Wednesday to be the next Speaker of the House, and talked about the Democrats’ strategy in 2020.
  • Nov 29
At a Washington Post Live event, Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice K. Jackson talks about the many challenges facing large public schools systems across the country. Public Schools CEO Janice K. Jackson talks about the many challenges facing large public schools systems across the country.
  • Nov 29
Rahm Emanuel
Mayor, Chicago
Rahm Emanuel is the 55th mayor of the City of Chicago. Since his election in 2011, Mayor Emanuel has led major investments across education, youth programming, neighborhood development, transportation, infrastructure, public health, and public safety. Previously, Mayor Emanuel served as White House Chief of Staff for President Barack Obama, three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Illinois’ 5th Congressional District, and was a key member of the Clinton White House.
Janice K. Jackson
CEO, Chicago Public Schools
As CEO of Chicago Public Schools -- the third largest school district in the country -- Janice K. Jackson is responsible for numerous CPS departments, including the Office of Teaching and Learning, which provides high-quality curriculum to engage and empower students, and the Office of College and Career Success. She was a CPS student from Head Start through 12th grade, then began her teaching career at Chicago’s South Shore High School.
Tackling the Challenges of K-12 Schools
Educators and prominent activists on the front lines of America’s K-12 classrooms address opportunities created by new technologies and challenges facing students and teachers.
At a Washington Post Live event, educators and prominent activists on the front lines of America’s K-12 classrooms address opportunities created by new technologies and challenges facing students and teachers.
  • Nov 29
At a Washington Post Live event, Harlem Children’s Zone President Geoffrey Canada talked about how to close achievement gaps in U.S. schools and how to effectively stabilize the teaching workforce.
  • Nov 29
At a Washington Post Live event, the 2018 National Teacher of the Year, Mandy Manning, talked about how to better serve refugee and immigrant populations in U.S. schools.
  • Nov 29
Randi Weingarten
President, American Federation of Teachers
Randi Weingarten is president of the 1.7 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, which represents teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and staff; nurses and other healthcare professionals; local, state and federal government employees; and early childhood educators. Prior to her election as AFT president in 2008, Weingarten served for 12 years as president of the United Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 2, representing approximately 200,000 educators in the New York City public school system.
Geoffrey Canada
President, Harlem Children's Zone
Geoffrey Canada is renowned around the world for his pioneering work helping children and families in Harlem, and as a thought leader and passionate advocate for education reform. From 1990 to 2014, Mr. Canada served as the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Harlem Children’s Zone, which The New York Times called “one of the most ambitious social-policy experiments of our time.” In 2011, Mr. Canada was named to the TIME 100 list of most influential people in the world and, in March 2014, was named one of Fortune’s 50 greatest leaders in the world.  
Mandy Manning
2018 National Teacher of the Year, Joel E. Ferris High School, Spokane, Washington
Mandy Manning teaches English to newly arrived refugee and immigrant students in the Newcomer Center at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington. In her classroom, Mandy uses experiential projects like map-making to help her students process trauma, celebrate their home countries and culture, and learn about their new community. As 2018 National Teacher of the Year, Mandy encourages educators to teach their students to overcome their fears and seek out new experiences.
Education 360: Debating the Future
National education leaders debate school choice, standardized testing, funding for public schools, how to prepare students for higher education and the jobs of the future.
At a Washington Post Live Event, national education leaders debate school choice, standardized testing, funding for public schools, how to prepare students for higher education and the jobs of the future. 
  • Nov 30
At a Washington Post Live event, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch expressed her disdain for charter schools and the testing system in U.S. public schools.
  • Nov 30
At a Washington Post Live event, leading education thinkers Diane Ravitch, Bridget Terry Long, and Robert Pondiscio assesses Education Secretary Besty DeVos’ education agenda, policies, and reform efforts.
  • Nov 30
Where do Washington and the states go from here on education reform? Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Michigan State University President John Engler discuss the role of government in crafting education policy and look ahead to what’s next on the agenda for the nation.
  • Nov 30
Diane Ravitch, PhD
Professor, New York University
Diane Ravitch is a Research Professor of Education at New York University and a historian of education. She is the Founder and President of the Network for Public Education (NPE). From 1991 to 1993, she was Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. She was responsible for the Office of Educational Research and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education.
Robert Pondisco
Senior Fellow and Vice President for External Affairs, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Robert Pondiscio is senior fellow and vice president for external affairs at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. He is also a senior adviser to Democracy Prep Public Schools, a network of high-performing charter schools based in Harlem, New York. He writes and speaks extensively on education and education-reform issues, with an emphasis on literacy, curriculum, teaching, and urban education. After twenty years in journalism, Robert became a fifth-grade teacher at a struggling South Bronx public school in 2002.
Bridget Terry Long, PhD
Dean, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University
Bridget Terry Long, Saris Professor of Education and Economics, is the 12th Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). A member of the HGSE faculty since 2000, Long served as academic dean from 2013 to 2017 and was previously the faculty director of the Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs from 2010 to 2013. Long is an economist whose research focuses on the impact of affordability, academic preparation, and information on college student access and success.
What’s Next on the National Education Agenda
Where do Washington and the states go from here on education reform? Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Michigan State University President John Engler discuss the role of government in crafting education policy and look ahead to what’s next on the agenda for the nation.
What is the role of the federal government in driving education policy and reform? Former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan examined the question a Washington Post Live event on November 29, 2018.
  • Nov 30
At a Washington Post Live event, Michigan State University President John Engler reacted to former MSU president Lou Anna Simon’s recent arraignment on felony charges in connection with the sexual abuse scandal involving Larry Nassar.
  • Nov 30
At a Washington Post Live event, former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan discussed the epidemic of mass schools shootings in America, remarking ‘We in the United States value our children less than other countries.’
  • Nov 30
Arne Duncan
Managing Partner, Emerson Collective and former U.S. Secretary of Education (2009-2015)
Arne Duncan served as the ninth U.S. Secretary of Education from 2009 to 2015 under President Barack Obama. As secretary, he helped to secure congressional support for President Obama's investments in education, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's $100 billion to fund 325,000 teaching jobs, increases in Pell grants, reform efforts such as Race to the Top and Investing in Innovation, and interventions in low-performing schools. Duncan is now managing partner at Emerson Collective where he leads an effort to improve opportunities for young people.
John Engler
President, Michigan State University and former Governor of Michigan (1991-2003)
John Engler became interim president of Michigan State University on Feb. 5, 2018, following his appointment by the MSU Board of Trustees. He was the 46th governor of the State of Michigan, serving three terms from 1991 to 2003. Before that Engler served 20 years in the Michigan Legislature, including seven years as state Senate majority leader. He was the youngest person ever elected to the Michigan House of Representatives.
The Case for Social and Emotional Learning
The majority of students and young adults report that their schools are not excelling at developing their social and emotional learning (SEL) skills. This session will highlight the importance of SEL, direct from the viewpoints of today’s youth.
The majority of students and young adults report that their schools are not excelling at developing their social and emotional learning (SEL) skills. Vicky Dinges, Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations at Allstate, moderated a conversation with Tim Shriver, Board Chair of the Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning, and John Bridgeland, Founder and CEO of Civic Enterprises, about the importance of SEL
  • Nov 30
John Bridgeland
Founder and CEO, Civic Enterprises
John Bridgeland is Founder and CEO of Civic Enterprises, Vice Chair of the Service Year Alliance at The Aspen Institute to make a service year a common expectation and opportunity for all 18-28-year-olds, Co-Convener of Grad Nation to reach a 90 percent high school graduation rate by 2020, and Vice Chairman of Malaria No More, a nonprofit working to end malaria deaths in Africa by the end of 2016.  Previously, Bridgeland was appointed by President Obama to serve on the White House Council for Community Solutions. He also served as Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, Assistant to the President of the United States, and first Director of the USA Freedom Corps under President George W. Bush.
Tim Shriver
Board Chair, Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning
Tim Shriver is Chairman of Special Olympics and in that capacity, he  serves together with over four million Special Olympics athletes in 170 countries, all working to promote health, education, and a more unified world through the joy of sports. Before joining Special Olympics in 1996, Shriver was and remains a leading educator focusing on the social and emotional factors in learning. He was a co-founder of CASEL, and he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a non-executive director of WPP plc.
Vicky Dinges
Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations, Allstate
As a Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations at Allstate Insurance Company, Vicky Dinges brings the “Good Hands” to life in communities across the U.S. Dinges highlights how the passions and contributions of individual employees help improve local communities and customers’ lives. Vicky also leads Allstate’s reputation strategy. This work integrates strategic philanthropy and corporate responsibility, which includes corporate volunteerism, the company’s cultural and civic initiatives, and The Allstate Foundation’s signature programs that address youth empowerment and domestic violence.
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