The 2018 National Forum on K-12 Philanthropy
March 6-7, 2018
Registration is now open!
The Philanthropy Roundtable’s 2018 National Forum on K-12 Philanthropy will take place in Memphis, Tennessee at the Peabody on March 6-7.
Known for blues and barbecue, Memphis is also home to one of the nation’s most ambitious K-12 education improvements. Fueled by a collaborative philanthropic community that has encouraged bold governance models and school turnarounds, the city has also become a hotspot for dynamic teacher and leader talent, parent engagement, and high-quality school models. Join fellow donors from across the country to examine lessons from Tennessee, and discuss key investment opportunities and emerging K-12 trends.
Tuesday, March 6:
• School site visit and tour of Crosstown Concourse: Donors will have the option of visiting one of three distinct schools: Power Center Middle, part of the longstanding Gestalt Community Schools network that fosters college readiness and neighborhood revitalization; St. John’s Catholic Elementary, part of the uniquely-governed Jubilee schools that were reopened to serve low-income families; Soulsville, a charter high school with a musically-inspired focus and 100 percent college acceptance.
All three school visit itineraries will converge at Crosstown Concourse, the once blighted factory that was purchased and overhauled by a local donor. At Crosstown, donors will visit local organizations such as the Memphis Education Fund and the Memphis Teacher Residency, and gain insight into high-quality teacher training and dramatically improving low-performing schools.
• National Civil Rights Museum: Donors will have private access to tour the National Civil Rights Museum. Built on the site of the Lorraine Motel, the site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1968 assassination, the Museum highlights the most pivotal moments of the American Civil Rights Movement.
Donors will hear from local philanthropist Pitt Hyde on his original vision for the Museum, and Cheryl Brown Henderson, daughter of the late Dr. Oliver Brown, plaintiff in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case.
• Blues and Barbecue Reception: Join us for an opening reception on the rooftop of the Peabody Hotel, featuring performances from students of the renowned Stax Music Academy.
Wednesday, March 7:
The National Forum’s conference portion will feature plenary speakers, but will also break from the traditional panel discussion format, featuring both workshops and discussions designed to be donor-driven and interactive. Topics will include:
• Barbara Hyde of the Hyde Family Foundations, will discuss her multifaceted approach to inspiring education transformation and talent development in Memphis.
• Interactive workshop with the Charter School Growth Fund, whose leaders will share their successful investment methodology. Several portfolio school leaders will also share their experiences in the rigorous and comprehensive vetting process.
• Chris Barbic, former superintendent of the Tennessee Achievement School District and currently with the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, will share what he’s learned about effective citywide investment and alternative governance models.
• Citywide collaboration: Hear from local community educators and advocates on how they turned around school quality in Memphis and the surrounding Shelby County, and what it will take to further advance student growth.
More information about event content, speakers, and school site visits coming soon!
The Peabody Memphis
149 Union Ave
Memphis, TN 38103
The Philanthropy Roundtable has negotiated a special room block rate of $247.95 per night at The Peabody. Reserve your room at our group rate online here or by calling the hotel at 1-800-Peabody and mentioning the 'K-12 National Forum'. Rates will be available until Friday, February 9, 2018, based on hotel availability. The hotel block may sell out, so please make your reservations early to ensure a room. The Peabody is located 9 miles from Memphis International Airport.
Full conference rates (Includes Tuesday and Wednesday Conference Programming)
- Regular Registration Rate: Register before February 13 - $350 per person
- Late Registration Rate: Register after February 13 - $425 per person
Or separate options
Wednesday, March 7 Conference Programming Only Registration Rates (Includes Tuesday night reception, but not the site visits)
- Regular Registration Rate: Register before February 13 - $250 per person
- Late Registration Rate: Register after February 13 - $325 per person
Tuesday, March 6 Site Visits and Reception (Does not include Wednesday Programming)
- Registration Rate: $100 per person