Wednesday, Apr 29

6:30 a.m.
Registration opens
7:00 a.m.
Continental breakfast

Site visit attendees only

8:00 a.m.
Departure for site/school visits
8:30 - 11:00 a.m.
School site visits

School models will feature an array of curricular offerings rooted in career readiness, boosting year-to-year growth, classical education, and supports for students with special needs. Site visits will include schools and organizations including but not limited to: Great Hearts: Northern Oaks; Compass Rose Academy; PreK4SA; and CAST Tech High School. Space is limited on each visit, so register today to reserve your spot.

11:00 a.m.
Depart for The Pearl
11:30 a.m.
Lunch and site visit debrief

The Pearl

The Pearl in the heart of San Antonio is a converted garage once used by a brewery that now houses City Education Partners along with a whole host of teacher development and school fellowship organizations. Attendees will hear from local school leaders and donors on the educational progress they’ve made in their home city. 

1:00 p.m.
Depart for Westin Riverwalk
1:30 p.m.
Arrive at Westin Riverwalk
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Pre-conference and interactive workshop

Donor Intent and Remembering the Mission

Crafting a foundation mission statement and understanding donor intent can be daunting but is essential for any education foundation devoted to improving educational outcomes in their community or region.

Joanne Florino, the Roundtable’s vice president of philanthropic services, will lead an interactive workshop for both newcomers and seasoned veterans of education philanthropy on putting together an effective mission statement and the critical mechanics of governing a foundation to ensure the faithful execution of its philanthropic mission.

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Opening plenary

Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of, will draw on his own experience of growing up in Iran during the country’s tumultuous revolutionary period and how he immersed himself in computer science as an escape. Partovi will discuss the normalization of computer science as part of well-balanced coursework and preparing today’s students for both job competitiveness and lifelong learning.

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Opening reception
6:00 p.m.
Walk to salon dinners
6:30 p.m.
Salon dinners

Salon dinner discussions at restaurants along the vibrant San Antonio Riverwalk

Salon dinners will consist of a group of 10-14 donors sharing a meal together as they engage in thought-provoking conversation around a particular topic. Dinner topics are designed to be macro in nature, including the mental health supports for students; future workforce preparedness; rural educational solutions; lessons of edtech; early childhood education; and private school choice.

Thursday, Apr 30

7:00 a.m.
Continental breakfast
7:30 - 8:15 a.m.
Breakfast roundtable discussions
8:15 - 8:30 a.m.
8:30 - 9:45 a.m.
Breakout session
9:45 - 10:00 a.m.
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Morning plenary with John White and Leo Linbeck

John White, Louisiana's departing education chief, will join us approximately one month after capping off a trailblazing tenure as state superintendent. Along with Houston-based funder Leo Linbeck, White will address the question of whether education reform philanthropy has delivered on its promise and which sacred cows and theories of change of school reform are worth revisiting.

11:00 - 11:15 a.m.
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Breakout session
12:30 -12:45 p.m.
12:45 - 1:50 p.m.
Closing lunch and plenary

Lynch Foundation Entrepreneurial Spirit in Education Prize

1:50 - 2:00 p.m.
Closing remarks