Yale School of Management

Shaping the Future of Education Is the Focus of Yale SOM Education Leadership Conference

New Haven, Conn., March 19, 2012—Educators and leaders in education reform will gather for the sixth annual Yale School of Management Education Leadership Conference on Friday, March 23, at the Omni Hotel, 155 Temple St., New Haven. The theme of this year's event is "Vision 2032: Shaping the Future of Education."

Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy will kick off the panel discussion "Connecticut: At the Tipping Point?" during the opening night reception on Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. The panel, which features leaders from Bridgeport Public Schools, the Connecticut Education Association, and ConnCAN, will address new approaches to closing Connecticut's achievement gap and the education reform happening in the state. The reception is open to those not attending the general conference; registration is $10.

The education commissioners of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and New York will present the morning keynote panel "The 'State' of Education, Now to 2032," focusing on how state departments can move beyond regulation and compliance and play a larger role in education reform.

Throughout the day, panel discussions will address topics including connecting educators and entrepreneurs to create classroom innovation; recruiting and training the next generation of teachers and administrators; ensuring college-ready students and families; how to have difficult but necessary conversations about race and education reform; mobilizing parent groups and community organizations to support schools; when school should start and the role of early childhood education; and collaborations between districts, unions, and charter schools to accelerate student achievement.

An interactive design workshop and studio session led by Wireless Generation will explore the challenges teachers face in using real-time data in the classroom and participants will brainstorm ideas for the perfect teacher dashboard. A design team that includes students from the School of Visual Arts will transform the ideas into product prototypes over the course of the day.

Finalists in the Yale School of Management Education Business Plan Competition will present their ideas for nonprofit and for-profit ventures aimed at advancing education reform. The winning team will be announced and awarded $10,000 in prize money. The winner of the third annual Yale-Lynn Hall Teacher Action Research Prize will also be announced.

For the full program and registration, please visit the conference website.

The conference is hosted by the Yale School of Management Education Club and is sponsored by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the Charter Oak Challenge Foundation, Webster Bank, Wireless Generation, ConnCAN, the Parthenon Group, the Broad Foundation, Teach for America, Uncommon Schools, and Education Pioneers.