Join the Ten­nessee Edu­ca­tion­al Equi­ty Coali­tion as we come togeth­er and look ahead to 2018 and the key races and forth­com­ing leg­is­la­tion and poli­cies that will affect K-12 edu­ca­tion across the state.  We will hear from local, state and nation­al lead­ers about the role of civic engage­ment in fur­ther­ing edu­ca­tion­al equi­ty and excel­lence and we will exam­ine ways that each of us can Lead the Change that we seek for stu­dents in Ten­nessee. Togeth­er we will learn about the local and state levers that impact edu­ca­tion in Ten­nessee, and offer ways for you to lend your exper­tise and voice to the crit­i­cal con­ver­sa­tions that will take place in 2018. We can’t afford to sit this one out. 

When: Mon­day, Octo­ber 23rd | 1pm-4:30pm
Where: Music City Cen­ter, 201 5th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203

Keynote Speakers

The Politics of Participation: Leading the Change for every Student

Join us for a spe­cial con­ver­sa­tion about the essen­tial role of advo­cates to engage in the civic are­na on the most press­ing issue of our time — the edu­ca­tion of chil­dren in our coun­try. Our fea­tured speak­ers bring a nation­al per­spec­tive and wealth of expe­ri­ence from ser­vice in the White House and work in Con­gress; often using their voice as a cat­a­lyst to cre­ate change and inspire lead­er­ship in oth­ers.

David Johns, Keynote Speaker

Executive Director, Black Justice Coalition

David Johns is the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Black Jus­tice Coali­tion, and is the for­mer Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the White House Ini­tia­tive on Edu­ca­tion­al Excel­lence for African Amer­i­cans. Pri­or to serv­ing in the White House, Johns was a senior edu­ca­tion pol­i­cy advi­sor to the Sen­ate Com­mit­tee on Health, Edu­ca­tion, Labor and Pen­sions (HELP) under the lead­er­ship of Sen. Tom Hark­in, D-Iowa. Before work­ing for the Sen­ate HELP com­mit­tee, under Chair­man Hark­in, Johns served under the lead­er­ship of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.. Johns has worked on issues affect­ing low-income and minor­i­ty stu­dents, neglect­ed youth and ear­ly child­hood edu­ca­tion, and His­tor­i­cal­ly Black Col­leges and Uni­ver­si­ties (HBCUs). His research as an Andrew W. Mel­lon Fel­low served as a cat­a­lyst to iden­ti­fy, dis­rupt and sup­plant neg­a­tive per­cep­tions of black males, both with­in acad­e­mia and soci­ety. Johns obtained a master’s degree in soci­ol­o­gy and edu­ca­tion pol­i­cy at Teach­ers Col­lege, Columbia Uni­ver­si­ty, and he grad­u­at­ed with hon­ors from Columbia Uni­ver­si­ty in 2004 with a triple major in Eng­lish, cre­ative writ­ing and African Amer­i­can stud­ies.

Layla Avila, Keynote Speaker

founder and CEO/executive director, Education leaders of color

Lay­la Avi­la serves as a Founder and CEO/Executive Direc­tor of Edu­ca­tion Lead­ers of Col­or. EdLoC is a nation­al mem­ber­ship orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cat­ed to ele­vat­ing the lead­er­ship, voic­es and influ­ence of peo­ple of col­or in edu­ca­tion and to lead­ing more inclu­sive efforts to improve edu­ca­tion.

Pre­vi­ous­ly, Lay­la worked at TNTP is a vari­ety of roles, start­ing as as Vice Pres­i­dent and Part­ner for TNTP’s Teach­ing Fel­lows pro­grams, then as Chief of Staff for CEO Dan Weis­berg, and final­ly becom­ing Exec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent before leav­ing to form EdLoc. Lay­la start­ed her career with Teach For Amer­i­ca in 1997, work­ing as a bilin­gual and ESL teacher at August A. Mayo Ele­men­tary School in Comp­ton, CA, and serv­ing on the school’s Lead­er­ship Team. She also served as an ana­lyst for the White House Ini­tia­tive on Edu­ca­tion­al Excel­lence For His­pan­ic Amer­i­cans, an inter­a­gen­cy work­ing group to increase edu­ca­tion­al oppor­tu­ni­ties for His­pan­ic Amer­i­cans.

Lay­la holds a BA in Eco­nom­ics from Columbia Uni­ver­si­ty and an MA in Pub­lic Pol­i­cy from the Kennedy School of Gov­ern­ment at Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty. Lay­la was elect­ed to the South Whit­tier School Dis­trict Board of Trustees in 2005.

Tennessee Roundtable Panelists

Shaping Education Policy: Power and Process in Tennessee

Have you ever won­dered how the State Board of Edu­ca­tion, or the State Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion, or the Ten­nessee State Leg­is­la­ture dif­fer in their author­i­ty to enact change in edu­ca­tion? Or the role of local city gov­ern­ment in improv­ing the odds for suc­cess for stu­dents in their local schools? Our pan­elists are local and state lead­ers who will share their vision for edu­ca­tion in Ten­nessee, and the role that they and their office play in improv­ing out­comes for stu­dents in our state.

Laura Encalade
Lau­ra Encalade
Office of the Com­mis­sion­er of Edu­ca­tion
Ten­nessee Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion
Elissa Kim
Elis­sa Kim
Ten­nessee State Board of Edu­ca­tion
Dis­trict 5
David Rosenberg
David Rosen­berg
Metro Coun­cil Chair­man, Edu­ca­tion Com­mit­tee
Dis­trict 35
Craig Fitzhugh
Craig Fitzhugh
Ten­nessee House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives
Dis­trict 82

Join us!

Networking Reception immediately following. 

4:30–5:30 p.m. Appetizers and Drinks Provided.