The 2017 National Forum on K-12 Philanthropy
April 27-28, 2017
Ritz Carlton-Pentagon City
Registration is now open!
Over the past decade, our nation’s capital has earned a reputation as a leading city for K-12 entrepreneurship and improvement. Philanthropists, public officials, and school leaders have collaborated to support schools and struggling communities located mere minutes away from the White House and halls of Congress. Today, that collaborative spirit has reversed generations of unacceptable quality and regular student enrollment decline, and has produced growing achievement gains, diverse school models, widespread school choice, and improved access to data for parents. At this event, we’ll highlight D.C.’s unique ecosystem and explore national trends and initiatives that will impact K-12 giving in the next year.
• Madeleine Bayard, vice president, policy and practice, Rodel Foundation
• Jennifer Blaine, associate superintendent, Spring Branch ISD
• Harry Bloom, senior vice president of client solutions, Measuring Success
• Derrell Bradford, executive director, NYCAN
• Katherine Bradley, founding chair, CityBridge Education
• Governor Jeb Bush, founder, Foundation for Excellence in Education
• Tom Carroll, president, Invest in Education Foundation
• Eric Chan, partner, Charter School Growth Fund
• Brittany Corona, executive director, Catholic Education Partners
• Robert Enlow, president and CEO, EdChoice
• Mallory Dwinal, lead founder, Oxford Day Academy
• Kristin Ehrgood, president and board chair, Flamboyan Foundation
• Jimmy Henderson, chief executive officer, EdFuel
• Gisele Huff, executive director, Jaquelin Hume Foundation
• Nithin Iyengar, manager, Bridgespan Group
• Stephanie Kapsis, managing director of talent, KIPP DC
• John Kirtley, vice chairman, American Federation for Children
• Suzanne Kubach, executive director, PIE Network
• Maura Marino, chief executive officer, Education Forward DC
• Jack McCarthy, president and chief executive officer, AppleTree Institute
• Mark Medema, director of strategic initiatives, Building Hope
• Darla Romfo, president and COO, Children’s Scholarship Fund
• Andy Rotherham, co-founder and partner, Bellwether Education
• Jessica Sager, executive director, All Our Kin, Inc.
• Don Soifer, vice chair, D.C. Public Charter School Board
• Katharine Stevens, resident fellow, education policy studies, American Enterprise Institute
• Martin West, associate professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education
• Mieka Wick, CEO, CityBridge Education
• Jamie Woodson, executive chairman and chief executive officer, Tennessee SCORE
Thursday, April 27, 2017
8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. School Site Visits: Attendees can choose from two bus tours that highlight unique elements of D.C.’s K-12 landscape.
Early learning site visit: Notable for its universal pre-K, D.C. has seen encouraging gains in early learning quality. On this visit, donors will experience two leading providers of early learning, and see up close why D.C. has become a national leader in pre-K quality and innovation.
This itinerary will start at AppleTree @ Rocketship. AppleTree is a local network of highly-reputable early education schools that combine evidence-based curriculum, professional development, and assessment resources that have produced results for D.C.’s youngest low-income learners. Participants will enter classrooms and interact with early learners as they engage in various activities aimed at boosting their skills in literacy, math, science, and social-emotional development.
Following AppleTree, donors will visit Lee Montessori PCS, serving grades preK-3, with plans for expansion up to sixth grade. Prior to its first year of operation in 2014, Lee Montessori experienced incredible demand from every ward in the city, receiving approximately 500 parent applications for 70 seats. After initially having their charter denied, school leaders are acutely familiar with the hurdles associated with creating a thorough charter application, attracting high-caliber teacher talent, and acquiring proper facilities to carry out the Montessori Method.
• Jack McCarthy, president and CEO, AppleTree Institute
• Chris Pencikowski, co-founder & head of school, Lee Montessori PCS
Entrepreneurial school models site visit: In developing a strong educational ecosystem, D.C. has become a hotspot for visionary school models, and new approaches to teacher development, parent engagement, and facility expansion. On this visit, donors will see two schools taking very different – yet inventive – approaches to taking advantage of the city’s openness to big K-12 ideas.
This itinerary will feature Truesdell Education Campus, an elementary and middle school that is showing what’s truly possible in urban, district-run schools. In the past six years, Truesdell has demonstrated a significant rise in proficiency rates and attracted over 500 new students. The school has also adopted the Personalized Learning Plan developed by the California-based Summit Public Schools and Facebook, which gives students, teachers, and parents transparent and timely access to academic progress and achieving specific goals.
Donors will then visit Washington Leadership Academy (WLA), a startup with a big vision for redesigning high school and preparing students as model citizens through personalized learning, coding, and mandatory internships. WLA was also recognized as an XQ Super School in 2016 for their plans to develop new educational experiences that use virtual reality to help students obtain otherwise unattainable learning opportunities.
• Mary Ann Stinson, principal, Truesdell Education Campus
• Adam Zimmerman, director, strategy, logistics and innovation, Truesdell Education Campus
• Stacy Kane, co-founder and executive director, Washington Leadership Academy
Evening Opening reception and discussion
Friday, April 28, 2017
Details regarding confirmed speakers and discussion topics will be updated continuously. The conference will conclude by 2:30 p.m.
• Promising developments in early education
• Opportunities and cautions with philanthropic investment at the district level
• Promise and Peril: the potential for enacting federal school choice policy
• Lessons in building from within: Teacher talent pipelines for school networks
• What donors need to know about joining and enabling successful coalitions
• How can donors help build strong relationships between parents and educators?
As a reminder, to help offset our costs, this year there will be a fee to attend the National Forum:
Regular Registration Rate (today until Monday, April 3):
• School Site Visit (Thursday, 4/27): $100
• Conference Program (Friday, 4/28): $250
Late Registration Rate (after April 3):
• School Site Visit (Thursday, 4/27): $100
• Conference Program (Friday, 4/28): $325
Location and Reservations:
Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City
1250 S Hayes St
Arlington, VA 22202
Hotel reservations at the Ritz-Carlton can be made here. To access the discounted room rate, please use group code: PYHPYHA. Alternatively, reservations can be made by calling 1-800-241-3333, be sure to mention Philanthropy Roundtable as the group name.
This solicitation-free event is open to those who annually distribute, or intend to distribute in the near future, at least $100,000 in charitable donations.
For more information on attendance qualifications, please click here. For additional information about the content of this program, please contact Anthony Pienta, director of K-12 programs at apienta@PhilanthropyRoundtable.org or at (202) 822-8333.