'Summit 2012' continues privatization attack on public schools... Rahm Emanuel to keynote New School Venture Fund Aspen Institute event, while Tim Cawley will discuss how 'Life's a pitch'...

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools Chief Administrative Officer Tim Cawley will be two of the featured people at the Aspen Institute's May 1 - May 2 New Schools Venture Fund summit on educational innovation. The event is being promoted as the "NewSchools-Aspen Institute Summit 2012, produced in partnership with NBC News’ 'Education Nation'". The event, which is by invitation only, is unabashedly promoting the Common Core, charter schools, and the attacks on public schools currently being promoted across the USA. The event is being sponsored by anti-union groups including Target Corporation and the Walton Family Foundations (Wal-Mart), according to the group's program.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel at Disney II magnet elementary school in Chicago on April 10, 2012. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt. Rahm Emanuel is listed as the speaker for the closing plenary n May 2, 2012 as: Mayor Rahm Emanuel, City of Chicago, 5:45pm-7:00pm Closing Reception

The entire program for the event is below here:

Events Summit 2012, May 2, 2012

NewSchools-Aspen Institute Summit 2012, produced in partnership with NBC News’ “Education Nation” Fifteen Million Children in Poverty: Education Entrepreneurship and America’s Most Urgent Challenge

The NewSchools-Aspen Institute Summit is an invitation-only event featuring top practitioners and thinkers working to transform education in underserved communities. Summit 2012 will begin with evening festivities on May 1, 2012 and continue through the day on May 2.

Registration will be open from 7am-9pm on May 1, and beginning at 6:30am on May 2.

Tuesday May 1, 2012

6pm-8pm Opening Reception, generously hosted by Target

8pm-10:30pm Exclusive screening and discussion of "Won’t Back Down"


Ben Austin, Parent Revolution

Daniel Branz, Director of Won’t Back Down

Michael Flaherty, Walden Media

April Stout, New Teacher Center

Doreen Diaz, parent


Julie Mikuta, NewSchools Venture Fund

10:30pm Late-Night Stand-Up Open-Mike Ed Reform with Rick Hess

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

6am–7am Yoga. For a centering start to your Summit experience, we invite you to join us for a complimentary yoga class Wednesday morning. All levels are welcome and mats will be provided.

6am–7am Early Riser Lounge. Are you an early riser? Or an East Coaster cast as an unwilling early riser? The Early Riser Lounge will provide you juice, coffee, newspapers, news radio, and a feeling of home.

7am–8am Breakfast

7am–8am Buddies Welcome Breakfast

A special breakfast for those participating in the buddy system. A great opportunity for Summit first-timers to meet their buddies in person and connect with others.

8am–9:30am Opening Session

Welcome and Opening Remarks


Ted Mitchell, NewSchools Venture Fund

Jonathan Schorr, NewSchools Venture Fund

Laysha Ward, Target

Is the Movement Moving Fast Enough? Amid a struggling economy and rising numbers of children in poverty, we ask: Is the movement where it expected to be in 2012? An appraisal of the progress of education entrepreneurs to date and a call to action.


Howard Fuller, Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University


Jonathan Schorr, NewSchools Venture Fund


Norman Atkins, Relay Graduate School of Education

Kaya Henderson, District of Columbia Public Schools

Jonah Edelman, Stand for Children

Roy Gilbert, Grockit

David Domenici, Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings

10:00am–11:00am Breakout 1

Out of the Hothouse: From Top Charters to Big Districts Roland Fryer’s Apollo 20 project is working to translate charter practices into district successes in Houston, and it’s demonstrating exciting early results. What’s happening there, and can it work elsewhere?


Roland Fryer, Harvard University, Education Innovation Laboratory

Tom Boasberg, Denver Public Schools


Carlos Watson, Goldman Sachs

Teachers Talk…About Reform Critics say current reforms, which emphasize data-driven accountability, amount to blaming teachers. Advocates say reform empowers teachers. What do actual teachers think? Participants will hear from teachers from a variety of backgrounds on these topics and will have a chance to get their questions answered.


Brooke Buerkle, Relay Graduate School of Education

April Stout, New Teacher Center

Marisol Castillo, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School

Tilney Wickersham, Alice Deal Middle School

Jordan Wise, Education for Change


Ellen Moir, New Teacher Center

Fun and Games — and Real Learning: Game-based Learning in the Classroom

Entrepreneurs are bringing the look and feel of digital games to classroom learning to enhance student engagement. Can games raise engagement and achievement, or are they a distraction to purposeful reform? This session will bring together teachers, game creators and investors to talk about opportunities for games to generate real learning outcomes and the realities of trying to integrate games into a classroom environment.


Jessica Millstone, Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop

Aylon Samouha, Rocketship Education

Michael Angst, E-Line Media

Robert Torres, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

John Richards, Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop


Virginia Edwards, Education Week

Design Thinking for Policy Change

Federal education policy is stuck in gridlock, and our basic method of crafting policy seems obsolete. How might design thinking illuminate our approach to creating policy to reorient our focus on solutions? This session will begin with an introduction to the design-thinking process by IDEO. Participants will apply design thinking to a particular education policy challenge involving technology.


Sandy Speicher, IDEO

Hailey Brewer, IDEO

Ben Riley, NewSchools Venture Fund


Michael Petrilli, The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation

John Bailey, Whiteboard Advisors

Chris Cerf, New Jersey Department of Education

Jon Schnur, America Achieves

Ellen Winn, 50CAN: The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now

Can Blended Learning and “No Excuses” Coexist? Blended learning—where face-to-face and online learning intermingle—is emerging as a promising approach to personalizing instruction. Yet many successful “no excuses” schools view blended learning with skepticism. Can the proven strengths of “No Excuses” live happily with the potential for new technologies to enable differentiated instruction and self-directed learning?


Doug McCurry, Achievement First

Liz Arney, Aspire Public Schools

Alex Hernandez, Charter School Growth Fund


Stacey Childress, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Coffee Talk: Transformational Teachers

Join Teach For America’s Chief Knowledge Officer, Steven Farr, in a dialogue about TFA’s exploration of makings and marks of transformational teachers — those who not only alter their students’ academic trajectory, but position them for a different path in life.


Steven Farr, Teach For America

11:30am–12:30pm Breakout 2

Disruption and the Public Good

Entrepreneurs have brought disruptive innovation not just to private enterprise, but to areas of public good, from energy to medicine, with major benefits to the public. Yet education has been slow to learn from the work of entrepreneurs in other sectors. Extraordinary entrepreneurs focused on key areas of public good—health care, green energy, and food and nutrition—will share their stories, lessons, and advice.


Rushika Fernandopulle, Iora Health

Danny Kennedy, Sungevity

Kristin Groos Richmond, Revolution Foods


Kim Smith, Bellwether Education Partners

The Achievement Gap: Is there an App for That? Generously sponsored by Target

The education technology market is developing rapidly and education entrepreneurs, frustrated by the fragmented, regulated K-12 institutional market environment, are devising new ways to spread their innovations, through freemium, viral products that reach teachers and even parents directly. What will these changes mean, and are they good for underserved students?


Sam Chaudhary, Class Dojo

Tim Brady, Imagine K12

Gwen Baker, Bellwether Education Partners

John Danner, Rocketship Education


Dave Goldberg, SurveyMonkey


When Technologies Collide: Consumer, K-12 and Higher Ed, by MindShift

At the Core of the Common Core

The Common Core State Standards aim to change everything—and for innovators and entrepreneurs, they may. With the simultaneous implementation of the Common Core State Standards in 46 states and DC, there is the potential for a truly national market. But how will the Common Core actually affect the classroom? A key author of the Common Core State Standards will lead an immersion experience.


David Coleman, Student Achievement Partners


Ross Wiener, The Aspen Institute

Build a Better Teacher: How to Start a Teacher Prep Program

More and more, charter organizations and districts are training their own teachers—and a handful have started full-fledged ed schools. What does it take to launch a teacher training program? In a rapid-fire Q&A full of both substantive information and levity, participants will hear from pioneers in this field on topics as diverse as child-rearing, sports, and of course, what it takes to create a teacher preparation program.


Heather Kirkpatrick, Aspire Public Schools

Michael Goldstein, MATCH Education

Brent Maddin, Relay Graduate School of Education


Brian Sims, Academy for Urban School Leadership

Coffee Talk: Education Entrepreneurs without Borders

Education entrepreneurship and venture philanthropy are going international. A conversation between an entrepreneur and a philanthropist who share beliefs and span borders.


Allison Rouse, EdVillage

Ashish Dhawan, Teach For India

12:30pm–2pm Lunch

1pm-2pm Race to the Top: Out of the Starting Gate, but Any Closer to the Finish Line?

Race to the Top spurred a flurry of policy enactments and other ambitious reform commitments. Entrepreneurial organizations feature prominently in many of these reforms. Two years into this endeavor, what have we learned? What are the most promising developments, and where is the work off-course or struggling? What have entrepreneurial organizations learned about working “inside” the system, and how should they approach Race to the Top Round 3?


Joanne Weiss, U.S. Department of Education

Mitch Chester, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Jean Desravines, New Leaders


Chris Cerf, New Jersey Department of Education

Michael Petrilli, The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation


Rehema Ellis, NBC News

2pm–3pm Breakout 3

The View from the Other Side: Entrepreneurs Running Systems

A wave of leaders from entrepreneurial organizations has moved to head up large traditional systems. Now that they are there, how their views changed, and how do they see innovative organizations fitting into their reform agenda? What do they wish outside organizations would do now that they are on the other side?


Cami Anderson, Newark Public Schools

Kaya Henderson, District of Columbia Public Schools

Chris Barbic, Achievement School District, Tennessee


Jim Blew, The Walton Family Foundation

Big Data: Will It Change Everything? This session generously sponsored by Pearson

“Big Data” is the hot topic in the worlds of high-tech and business, and a major force in our daily lives — “a new class of economic asset, like currency or gold,” according to the New York Times. Education data lags, with non-comparable grades and once-a-year standardized tests. But massive growth of digital data in education is coming. What will it mean, and how can we leverage it for the benefit of low-income students? Speakers

Jose Ferreira, Knewton

Steve Schoettler, Junyo

DJ Patil, Greylock Partners John Behrens, Pearson


Karen Cator, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education

Teaching in the Digital Age This session generously sponsored by Target

Over the coming years, teachers will have access to a rapidly widening array of technology tools that help to personalize learning for students. However, the impact of these tools on student learning will depend in large part on the instructional skills of teachers. How does the role of the teacher change in classrooms infused with technology? Speakers

Barbara Shaw, A.L. Holmes Elementary School

Wendy Chaves, Alliance Technology and Math Science High School

Robert Pronovost, Belle Haven Elementary School

Missy Vu, Rocketship Los Sueños Academy

Katina Krekoukis, IS 228 / School of One


Eric Westendorf, LearnZillion

Teachers, Principals, Faraway Places: Rural Innovation

Rural education reformers face unique challenges finding teachers and principals due to isolation and low public funding. These constraints have bred innovative solutions to teacher recruitment, instructional delivery, and professional development. A group of top rural education leaders will explore innovative solutions to the challenge. Speakers

Scott Shirey, KIPP Delta

Tom Torkelson, IDEA Public Schools

Clay Whitehead, PresenceLearning

Alyson Mike, New Teacher Center


Michael Tipton, Teach For America, Southern Louisiana Region

Coffee Talk: Using Storytelling to Communicate your School’s Vision and Impact

In a hands-on workshop with the photo-video artists behind the “In Their Own Words” display at Summit, learn how to tell engaging, authentic, emotional stories about students and school. They will work you through their step-by-step process.


Annie Escobar, ListenIn Pictures

Ethan Goldwater, ListenIn Pictures

3:30pm–4:30pm Breakout 4

W(h)ither Federal Education Policy?

A conversation between key leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties on the federal role in education, the future of No Child Left Behind, and how the 2012 election will affect education reform.


Senator Michael Bennet

Secretary Margaret Spellings, Margaret Spellings & Company


Rehema Ellis, NBC News

Got Grit?: Psychological interventions that close achievement gaps

Many students who seem academically prepared fail to persist toward a college degree. For some, that’s because they lack the mindsets or skills for success in their new educational environments. Fortunately, relatively brief experiences that change students’ psychology can lead to reductions in achievement gaps even years later. Discussion will focus on insights from the psychology of student resilience and taking these interventions to scale.


David Yeager, University of Texas at Austin

Gregory Walton, Stanford University

Donald Kamentz, YES Prep Public Schools

Laura Keane, Mastery Charter Schools

Kickstarting Innovation for English Language Learners and Special Education Students

Schools face unique challenges in serving English Language Learners and students with special needs, but few entrepreneurs have taken on the complexities of serving these special populations. This session will confront the achievement gaps that exist within ELL and special education student populations. Participants will transition to working groups with entrepreneurs and school leaders to devise action steps.


Daniel Yoo, Goalbook

Teddy Rice, Ellevation

Jack Lynch, PresenceLearning

Richard Nyankori, Insight Education Group

Kenji Hakuta, Stanford University

Cami Anderson, Newark Public Schools

Jordan Meranus, NewSchools Venture Fund

Dustine Borges, Fowler Unified School District

Coffee Talk: Beyond College Readiness: Preparing Successful College Graduates

Just as K-12 educators focus on empowering students to excel to and through college, so too must higher education leaders focus on facilitating success through and beyond college. What else might K-12 educators and their advocates do to cultivate the knowledge, skills and mindsets our students need for college persistence and success? How can the higher education community better leverage these qualities to launch first-generation college students into lives of greatness? How might we all work together? Learn how one college currently engages these questions. Speaker

Daniel Porterfield, Franklin Marshall College

Life’s a Pitch!

Early on in an edtech startup’s life, there are three critical “decision makers” that have the ability to directly impact the long-term viability of a company: 1) venture capitalist (the funder); 2) the teacher (the customer); and 3) the district administrator (the purchaser). Join us as we observe how three entrepreneurs from the Imagine K12 cohort pitch in front of these three important constituents. Participants will leave with a more nuanced understanding of how these three groups make decisions. Speakers

Shawn Carolan, Menlo Ventures

Hae-Sin Thomas, Education for Change Public Schools,

Tim Cawley, Chicago Public Schools

Alan Louie, Imagine K12

Michael West, Socrative

Kirill Kireyev, Instagrok

Jan Zawadzki, Hapara


Wayee Chu, NewSchools Venture Fund

4:45pm–6pm Closing Plenary

What are the prospects for change that will benefit the education of America’s 15 million low-income children? Rahm Emanuel’s vantage points have included Capitol Hill, the White House, and now, Chicago’s City Hall. In this closing session, he offers a view into the future of reform.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel, City of Chicago

5:45pm-7:00pm Closing Reception


Please Touch the Technology

This interactive exhibit allows participants to explore and play with current innovations in education technology. It includes tools and content for some of the most challenging problems: tools for special education students, examples of blended learning classrooms in action, data dashboards, and college readiness supports, along with promising learning games.

“In Their Own Words”

An exhibit of the faces and stories of the students we are serving, created by ListenIn Pictures

All-Day Networking

A networking lounge will remain open with coffee and snacks all day. The Band Room is a great place to coordinate with those you know, or meet someone new. Summit Sponsors

We are deeply grateful to the generous sponsors who are helping make Summit 2012 possible.


April 24, 2012 at 11:31 AM

By: George N. Schmidt

Rahm's love affair with every stray MBA in the USA

Anyone who has been following the actual hiring practices of the Chicago Public Schools since the Reign of Rahm began less than a year ago and checking the credentials and histories of the people currently being placed into executive and administrative jobs at salaries of $80,000 per year and above will see that Rahm's real goal was to become the last full employment agency for every stray MBA in the USA. the fact that this goofiness is covered up by all the media except Substance is a tragedy, and no longer just droll.

April 25, 2012 at 10:42 AM

By: John Kugler

Rahm the Buffoon

So this idiot is now saying that closing mental health clinics will provide more serve to the community. This guy is a number one 1% jackass. If anyone needed more evidence this carpetbagging fool was not interested in working for the citizens of Chicago this is it.


Emanuel: Mental health clinic closures mean more patients served

Dozens of mental health patients and activists have been arrested in recent days while protesting Emanuel’s decision to close six of the city’s twelve mental health centers. Two of the clinics have already been closed. Four others are expected to shut down in the coming weeks.

Not only have the protesters barricaded themselves into targeted clinics. They have stepped up their efforts to disrupt Emanuel’s public appearances. On Sunday, the mayor was jeered while planting a tree for Arbor Day, then hustled away by bodyguards to avoid the protesters.

“We’re not pulling back from service. In fact, we’re giving more service to more people, and we’re adding a new benefit. And in all this debate — while there’s been a focus obviously on people [who] are upset about it — just a couple facts to clear the room and clear the air in the room. If you stuck with the old way, fewer people who need it would be getting it. If you stuck with the old way, we wouldn’t be offering psychiatric care.”

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