Seminar Agenda

Day 1: Thursday, April 6

Location: 555 New Jersey Ave, NW, 4th Floor Conference Room, Washington, D.C.

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Session 1: Working Lunch

Welcome & Overview:

  • Leo Casey, Executive Director, Albert Shanker Institute.

  • Esther Quintero, Senior Fellow, Albert Shanker Institute.

Setting the Agenda:

  • Helen Ladd, Susan B. King Professor of Public Policy, Sanford School of Public Policy; Professor of Economics, Affiliate of the Center for Child and Family Policy, Duke University.

  • Susan Moore Johnson, Jerome T. Murphy Research Professor in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Facilitator: Leo Casey, Executive Director, Albert Shanker Institute.


1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Session 2: Policy & Practice – Pressing Questions & Evidence Needs 

  • Lisa Clarke, Director of Policy & Partnerships, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

  • Stephen Lazar, Dean of Academic Progress, Social Studies Teacher, Harvest Collegiate High School in New York City.

  • Eric Nadelstern, former Deputy Chancellor for the Division of School Support & Instruction for the NYC Department of Education; Visiting Professor of Practice, Teachers College, Columbia University.

  • Pedro A. Rivera, Pennsylvania Secretary of Education.

Facilitator: Vivian Tseng, Senior Vice President of Programs, William T. Grant Foundation.


2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Session 3: Research – What We Know & What We Still Need to Know

  • Elaine Allensworth, Lewis-Sebring Director of the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research.

  • Jason Grissom, Associate Professor of Public Policy & Education and Political Science, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University.

  • David Kirkland, Executive Director of The NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity & the Transformation of Schools.​

  • John P. Papay, Assistant Professor of Education and Economics, Brown University.

Facilitator: Burnie Bond, Director of Programs, Albert Shanker Institute.


4:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Coffee Break


4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Session 4: Facilitated Table Activity 

  • Table participants engage in a critical evaluation of what was shared in the two preceding sessions.

  • Each group receives a different set of discussion questions.

  • Group facilitators report out; full group discussion follows.


6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Reception & Dinner @ Bistro Bis


Day 2: Friday, April 7

Location: 555 New Jersey Ave, NW, 4th Floor Conference Room, Washington, D.C.

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Breakfast & Orientation


9:00 am -10:30 am

Session 5: Challenges & Opportunities Panel & Whole Group Discussion

  • Busra Aydin, Teacher, Wheatley Educational Campus, District of Columbia Public Schools.

  • Anthony Bryk, President, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

  • Beth Glenn, Director, Education Justice Network.

  • Robert Hughes, Director of K-12 Education in the U.S. Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

  • Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy, Center for American Progress.

Facilitator: Will Friedman, President, Public Agenda.


10:30 am -12:00 pm

Session 6: Facilitated Table Activity

  • Tables are asigned discussion topics related to the challenges/opportunities surfaced in Session 5.

  • Table participants engage in a discusion geared at producing a one pager reflecting the group's ideas and consensus.

  • Group facilitators report out; full group discussion follows.


12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Networking Lunch


1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

Closing Reflections 

  • Carrie R. Leana, George H. Love Professor of Organizations & Management, University of Pittsburgh.

  • Warren Simmons, Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor, Master's in Urban Education Policy Program, Brown University.

Facilitator: Marla Ucelli-Kashyap, Assistant to the President for Educational Issues, American Federation of Teachers.


2:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Next Steps

  • Leo Casey, Executive Director, Albert Shanker Institute.