The 2018 Education Summit

February 26 — 27, 2018
Nashville, Tennessee

The Ten­nessee Edu­ca­tion­al Equi­ty Coali­tion held the Third Annu­al Edu­ca­tion Sum­mit, fea­tur­ing John B. King, Pres­i­dent and CEO of The Edu­ca­tion Trust on Feb­ru­ary 26 and 27, 2018. Over the course of two days mem­bers learned about the cur­rent edu­ca­tion land­scape in Ten­nessee, helped iden­ti­fy shared edu­ca­tion pri­or­i­ties for the coali­tion, devel­oped a com­mon edu­ca­tion pol­i­cy agen­da, and advo­cat­ed at the state leg­is­la­ture for stu­dents in our local com­mu­ni­ties and across the state.

Featured Presenters

John B. King Jr. is the pres­i­dent and CEO of The Edu­ca­tion Trust, a nation­al non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that seeks to iden­ti­fy and close oppor­tu­ni­ty and achieve­ment gaps, from preschool through col­lege. King served as the U.S. Sec­re­tary of Edu­ca­tion from 2016 to 2017 as a mem­ber of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s admin­is­tra­tion. In tap­ping him to lead the U.S. Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion, Pres­i­dent Oba­ma called King “an excep­tion­al­ly tal­ent­ed edu­ca­tor,” cit­ing his com­mit­ment to “prepar­ing every child for suc­cess” and his life­long ded­i­ca­tion to edu­ca­tion as a teacher, prin­ci­pal, and lead­er of schools and school sys­tems.

Before becom­ing edu­ca­tion sec­re­tary and begin­ning in Jan­u­ary 2015, King car­ried out the duties of the U.S. Deputy Sec­re­tary of Edu­ca­tion, over­see­ing all poli­cies and pro­grams relat­ed to P-12 edu­ca­tion, Eng­lish learn­ers, spe­cial edu­ca­tion, and inno­va­tion. In this role, King also over­saw the agency’s oper­a­tions. King joined the depart­ment fol­low­ing his tenure as the first African Amer­i­can and Puer­to Rican to serve as New York State Edu­ca­tion Com­mis­sion­er, a post he held from 2011 to 2015.

King began his career in edu­ca­tion as a high school social stud­ies teacher in Puer­to Rico and Boston, Mass., and as a mid­dle school prin­ci­pal.

King’s life sto­ry is an extra­or­di­nary tes­ta­ment to the trans­for­ma­tive pow­er of edu­ca­tion. Both of King’s par­ents were career New York City pub­lic school edu­ca­tors, whose exam­ple serves as an endur­ing inspi­ra­tion. Both of King’s par­ents passed away from ill­ness by the time he was 12 years old. He cred­its New York City pub­lic school teach­ers — par­tic­u­lar­ly edu­ca­tors at P.S. 276 in Canar­sie and Mark Twain Junior High School in Coney Island — for sav­ing his life by pro­vid­ing him with rich and engag­ing edu­ca­tion­al expe­ri­ences and by giv­ing him hope for the future.

He holds a Bach­e­lor of Arts in gov­ern­ment from Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty, a J.D. from Yale Law School, as well as a Mas­ter of Arts in the teach­ing of social stud­ies and a doc­tor­ate in edu­ca­tion from Teach­ers Col­lege at Columbia Uni­ver­si­ty. King lives in Sil­ver Spring, Md., with his wife (a for­mer kinder­garten and first-grade teacher) and his two daugh­ters, who attend local pub­lic schools. You can fol­low King on Twit­ter via @JohnBKing.



Dr. Can­dice McQueen was sworn in as Tennessee’s com­mis­sion­er of edu­ca­tion in Jan­u­ary 2015. McQueen led a statewide effort to cre­ate a new strate­gic plan and vision for our schools called Ten­nessee Suc­ceeds focused on increas­ing post­sec­ondary and career readi­ness for all of Tennessee’s 1 mil­lion stu­dents. In sum­mer 2017, Tennessee‘s new state plan was approved under the Every Stu­dent Suc­ceeds Act, which builds on the work start­ed under Ten­nessee Suc­ceeds. Some of the hall­marks of the plan include a focus on ensur­ing Ready Grad­u­ates by sup­port­ing more ear­ly col­lege course­work and indus­try cer­ti­fi­ca­tion attain­ment, a renewed account­abil­i­ty and sup­port focus on improv­ing achieve­ment and growth for all stu­dents, and ele­vat­ing a con­tin­u­um of inter­ven­tions for the state’s low­est per­form­ing schools.

Under McQueen’s lead­er­ship, Ten­nessee recent­ly announced the state’s high­est grad­u­a­tion rate in its his­to­ry at 89.1%, best over­all ACT at 20.1 – a num­ber that rep­re­sents all pub­lic school stu­dents in the state, across the board improve­ments in the 2nd year of the new state assess­ment, and a record high num­ber of stu­dents tak­ing and attain­ing cred­it for ear­ly col­lege course­work. Ten­nessee has also refo­cused and rein­vest­ed in lit­er­a­cy with a statewide Read to be Ready cam­paign, new stan­dards with com­pre­hen­sive guid­ance and train­ing on teach­ing read­ing, a statewide coach­ing net­work for ele­men­tary read­ing teach­ers, and sum­mer camps for stu­dents who are fur­thest behind with an invest­ment of over $30 mil­lion.

Over the last three years, Com­mis­sion­er McQueen worked with the gov­er­nor and the gen­er­al assem­bly to pass the largest invest­ments in K-12 edu­ca­tion with­out a tax increase in Tennessee’s his­to­ry – an increase that has result­ed in more than $430 mil­lion invest­ed in edu­ca­tion with the major­i­ty going to teacher salaries.

McQueen has also con­nect­ed with over 14,000 teach­ers on her Class­room Chron­i­cles Tour, and spent time in close to 90% of Tennessee’s school dis­tricts. McQueen has opened lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion between the depart­ment and the pub­lic through avenues such as the Assess­ment Task Force and Assess­ment Task Force 2.0, Ear­ly Lit­er­a­cy Coun­cil, Career For­ward Task Force, and the department’s inau­gu­ral Par­ent and Stu­dent Advi­so­ry Coun­cils. In addi­tion, she con­tin­ues to over­see and par­tic­i­pate in the department’s Teacher Advi­so­ry Coun­cil and the Governor’s Teacher Cab­i­net.

Pri­or to her appoint­ment as Com­mis­sion­er of Edu­ca­tion, McQueen served as senior vice pres­i­dent and dean of the col­lege of edu­ca­tion at Lip­scomb Uni­ver­si­ty. Under her lead­er­ship, Lipscomb’s col­lege of edu­ca­tion and teacher prepa­ra­tion pro­gram were con­sis­tent­ly high­light­ed as one of the top teacher train­ing pro­grams for qual­i­ty and effec­tive­ness. Pri­or to join­ing Lip­scomb Uni­ver­si­ty, McQueen was award­ed mul­ti­ple awards for both her teach­ing and the cur­ricu­lum design of a new mag­net school.

She began her career as a class­room teacher, teach­ing in both pub­lic and pri­vate ele­men­tary and mid­dle schools. Dr. McQueen has a bachelor’s degree from Lip­scomb, a master’s degree from Van­der­bilt, and a Ph.D. from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Tex­as. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ten­nessee and the Ten­nessee Board of Regents and was recent­ly appoint­ed to serve on the nation­al board for the Coun­cil for the Accred­i­ta­tion of Edu­ca­tor Prepa­ra­tion (CAEP) and as a com­mis­sion­er for Edu­ca­tion Com­mis­sion of the States (ECS).  She is also a mem­ber of Chiefs for Change.

Abby works across a num­ber of Data Qual­i­ty Cam­paign’s pol­i­cy pri­or­i­ty areas, con­duct­ing project speci­fic research, writ­ing, and pol­i­cy analy­sis. As a senior asso­ciate, Abby com­bi­nes her love of pol­i­cy with her pas­sion for edu­ca­tion reform. Work­ing on diverse issues from teacher prepa­ra­tion to fam­i­ly empow­er­ment allows Abby to deep­en her con­tent knowl­edge while devel­op­ing valu­able skills.

Before join­ing DQC in 2015, Abby was the Direc­tor of Pro­gram Part­ners at High­er Achieve­ment, a Wash­ing­ton, DC–based non­prof­it that pro­vides year-round aca­d­e­mic sup­port to mid­dle school stu­dents. In this role, Abby man­aged all of the extracur­ric­u­lar pro­gram­ming pro­vid­ed to the more than 500 stu­dents in the pro­gram. Abby holds a B.A. in Inter­na­tion­al Stud­ies from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Rich­mond as well as an M.P.P from Duke University’s San­ford School of Pub­lic Pol­i­cy.

When she’s not at work, Abby con­tin­ues to serve as a week­ly vol­un­teer men­tor with High­er Achieve­ment, teach­ing math to a small group of 6th grade stu­dents. She also enjoys cook­ing and trav­el­ing, espe­cial­ly to nation­al parks.

David leads the day-to-day imple­men­ta­tion of SCORE’s strate­gic plan, direct­ing all pro­grams and ini­tia­tives, as well as over­see­ing the organization’s finan­cial and oper­a­tional efforts. In his pre­vi­ous role as Exec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent, David led SCORE’s advo­ca­cy, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, out­reach, pol­i­cy, and research work. Pri­or to join­ing SCORE in 2010, he worked in pub­lic rela­tions and polit­i­cal con­sult­ing, pro­vid­ing clients and can­di­dates with cam­paign con­sult­ing, issue advo­ca­cy sup­port, and pub­lic affairs and com­mu­ni­ca­tions strat­e­gy. Ear­lier, David worked for the late US Sen­a­tor Fred Thomp­son and at the Ten­nessee Repub­li­can Par­ty.

Besides his work at SCORE, David serves as the Chair of the Board of Direc­tors of Nashville Clas­si­cal Char­ter School, a pub­lic ele­men­tary school in East Nashville whose mis­sion is to pre­pare every child — no mat­ter his or her start­ing point — for col­lege. David also serves on the Board of Direc­tors of Unit­ed Ways of Ten­nessee, on the Steer­ing Com­mit­tee of Com­plete Ten­nessee, and is a mem­ber of the 2016–17 cohort of Lead­er­ship Ten­nessee.

A Ten­nessee native, David is a grad­u­ate of Rice Uni­ver­si­ty and received an MBA with hon­ors from Van­der­bilt University’s Owen Grad­u­ate School of Man­age­ment.

 Founder and CEO of The OpEd Project, writes and speaks fre­quent­ly about the inter­sec­tion of media and mythol­o­gy – that is, what we think is fact or fic­tion and how that shapes our ideas about pol­i­tics, cul­ture and his­to­ry.  She has con­tribut­ed to the op-ed pages of the New York Times, Wash­ing­ton Post and Miami Her­ald.  Her com­men­taries on wom­en, pol­i­tics, pop­u­lar cul­ture, mythol­o­gy and human rights have been nation­al­ly syn­di­cat­ed and appear in antholo­gies.  She has lec­tured at Har­vard and Stan­ford uni­ver­si­ties, and appeared on ABC TV World News, Good Morn­ing Amer­i­ca, MSNBC, CNN and NPR All Things Con­sid­ered.  A grad­u­ate of Har­vard (MA) and Columbia (MA) uni­ver­si­ties, she is the author of Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood Uncloaked: Sex, Moral­i­ty & the Evo­lu­tion of a Fairy Tale, which explores sto­ries told about wom­en over 500 years across mul­ti­ple con­ti­nents, and how they shape our lives today.  It has been trans­lat­ed into mul­ti­ple lan­guages and is under con­sid­er­a­tion for a tele­vi­sion series. Newsweek called it “rev­e­la­to­ry,” The Wall Street Jour­nal called it “beguil­ing,” and fem­i­nist author Naomi Wolf called it “laid back, read­able bril­liance.”

Oren­stein has lived and worked around the world and par­tic­u­lar­ly in Haiti, where she trav­eled as a folk­lore stu­dent and jour­nal­ist in the 1990s, dur­ing a time of polit­i­cal upheaval. As a result of that expe­ri­ence, she has report­ed exten­sive­ly on Haiti; orga­nized fact-find­ing del­e­ga­tions for jour­nal­ists, schol­ars and law­mak­ers; and con­sult­ed with the Unit­ed Nations human rights mis­sion. In 1996, she worked with a team of inter­na­tion­al human rights lawyers to assist vic­tims of mil­i­tary and para­mil­i­tary vio­lence in seek­ing jus­tice. She inves­ti­gat­ed tor­tures, rapes, polit­i­cal assas­si­na­tions and mas­sacres; inter­viewed hun­dreds of vic­tims, wit­ness­es and alleged crim­i­nals; and coor­di­nat­ed lawyers’ and vic­tims’ efforts to build cas­es again­st their per­se­cu­tors. She has writ­ten about some of the­se cas­es and their after­maths in Haiti and in the Unit­ed States.

Oren­stein has received a Peabody-Gard­ner Fel­low­ship, Tin­ker Grant and a Cordier Essay Prize (from Columbia Uni­ver­si­ty), and was a final­ist for the 2004 Prize for Promise, designed “to iden­ti­fy young wom­en, aged 21–35, of great promise and vision who could… become world lead­ers in their respec­tive fields.”  She is a fel­low with The Wood­hull Insti­tute for Eth­i­cal Lead­er­ship, a recip­i­ent of The Diana P Scott Integri­ty in Action Award, and a fel­low of Echo­ing Green, which select­ed The OpEd Project as one of 19 of the most inno­v­a­tive social enter­pris­es world­wide, out of a pool of 1500 appli­cants.

Andy is a data and pol­i­cy ana­lyst on the P-12 Pol­i­cy and Prac­tice team at The Edu­ca­tion Trust. He col­lects, ana­lyzes, and inter­prets edu­ca­tion data relat­ed to stu­dent achieve­ment, attain­ment, and oppor­tu­ni­ties to learn.

Pri­or to join­ing The Edu­ca­tion Trust, Andy par­tic­i­pat­ed in the Edu­ca­tion Pio­neers Grad­u­ate School Fel­low­ship as a pol­i­cy research asso­ciate for the Part­ner­ship for Chil­dren and Youth in Oak­land, Cal­if. While there, he col­lect­ed and ana­lyzed data to gar­ner sup­port for high-qual­i­ty, after-school pro­grams. He also has served as an Ella Bak­er train­er for the Children’s Defense Fund’s Free­dom Schools® pro­gram, where he worked on a team to train over 1,500 young lead­ers annu­al­ly. In addi­tion, he served as a pos­i­tive behav­ioral inter­ven­tions and sup­ports (PBIS) assis­tant at an ele­men­tary school in Durham, N.C.

A native of Gas­ton, N.C., Andy holds a master’s degree in pub­lic pol­i­cy, con­cen­trat­ing in edu­ca­tion pol­i­cy, from Van­der­bilt Uni­ver­si­ty Peabody Col­lege of Edu­ca­tion and Human Devel­op­ment, as well as a bachelor’s degree in inter­na­tion­al com­par­a­tive stud­ies from Duke Uni­ver­si­ty. He is also an alum­nus of the Cen­ter for Pub­lic Research and Lead­er­ship at Columbia Law School.

Event Presentations

Down­load the pre­sen­ta­tion
Pre­sent­ed by: Abi­gail Cohen, Senior Asso­ciate, Data Qual­i­ty Cam­paign

Down­load the pre­sen­ta­tion
Pre­sent­ed by: Dr. Tiffany Jones, Direc­tor of High­er Edu­ca­tion Pol­i­cy, The Edu­ca­tion Trust

Down­load the pre­sen­ta­tion

Pre­sent­ed by: David Man­souri, Pres­i­dent, SCORE

Ten­nessee Suc­ceeds Update

Pre­sent­ed by: Com­mis­sion­er McQueen