Our keynote speaker Linda Darling-Hammond, President and CEO of Learning Policy Institute (LPI) is a renowned author, researcher, and policy expert. She will talk about the power of community schools and the release of LPI's report. Learn more
Distinguished Symposium Speakers
Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFL-CIO), is a supporter of the community schools strategy. She has been an advocate for public education that engages families and communities and is leading efforts to connect a broad array of parent and community partners in collaborating on events across the country that advance a community and education driven agenda. Learn more
Pedro A. Rivera serves asPennsylvania Secretary of Education. Under Secretary Rivera's leadership, the School District of Lancaster, PA developed and implemented new curriculum using the community schools strategy. His innovative ideas helped to improve math, science, and writing proficiency scores. Learn more
Carmen Fariña is the Chancellor of theNew York City Department of Education.
Together with Mayor de Blasio, Chancellor Fariña is responsible for expanding the community school strategy to 215 schools. She also launched the Framework for Great Schools, a holistic research-based approach to school improvement.Learn more
Richard Buery is theNew York CityDeputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives. He is the architect ofPre-K for All in New York City and is also charged with spearheading the implementation ofThriveNYC in an effort to overhaul the city's mental health system. A former president and CEO of the Children's Aid Society, Buery has years of experience supporting community schools. Learn more