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Opening Plenary

Cracking the Two Codes That Drive Our World: How to Master Technology and Democracy

Wednesday, November 6
11:00am- noon

DeNora Getachew

New York Executive Director of Generation Citizen

As the New York Executive Director of Generation Citizen, a national nonprofit, DeNora spends her days transforming how civics education is taught in schools. Like many of the students that GC’s programming impacts, DeNora knew from an early age that she was destined to be an advocate for change. DeNora has spent over a decade acquiring a broad range of legal, fundraising, and policy and advocacy skills. She has shaped state and local laws on a diverse portfolio of issues, including campaign finance, education, ethics, police accountability, and voting reform.

Bernard A. Harris Jr., M.D

Chief Executive Officer, National Math + Science Initiative

As chief executive officer, Dr. Harris leads the organization’s efforts to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement in STEM education across the country. He has been involved in math and science education for more than 25 years through The Harris Foundation and as a founding board member for NMSI. Harris is the author of Dream Walker: A Journey of Achievement and Inspiration.

Reshma Saujani

Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is the international nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology while teaching girls confidence and bravery through coding. A lifelong activist, Saujani was the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. She is the author of the international bestseller Brave, Not Perfect and the New York Times Bestseller Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World.

Stefanie Sanford

Chief of Global Policy and External Relations, College Board

Sanford leads College Board advocacy initiatives with policymakers, public and private institutions, and organizations to advance educational access and organizations to advance educational access and opportunity to all students.

Remarks

Jeremy Singer

President, College Board

Plenary

Thursday, November 7, 2019
4:30–5:30 p.m.

Grace & Change: A Conversation with University of Virginia President James Ryan and College Board CEO David Coleman

James E. Ryan

President, University of Virginia

A leading expert on law and education, Ryan has written extensively about the ways in which law structures educational opportunity. His articles and essays address such topics as school desegregation, school finance, school choice, standards and testing, pre-K, and the intersection of special education and neuroscience. Ryan’s most recent book, Wait, What? And Life’s Other Essential Questions based on his popular 2016 Commencement speech, was published in 2017 by HarperOne and is a New York Times bestseller. In addition, Ryan has authored articles on constitutional law and theory and has argued before the United States Supreme Court.

David Coleman

Chief Executive Officer, College Board

David became the College Board’s CEO in 2012, promising to deliver real opportunities to more students. “The College Board is committed to clearing a path for all students to own their future,” he says. "That is our calling." Since then, David has spearheaded the design of a simpler SAT; forged a partnership with Khan Academy to provide personalized, free SAT preparation to more than five million students; and expanded the Advanced Placement Program to serve even more students from all backgrounds.

Remarks

Lewis D. Ferebee

Honorary Chair
Chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools

The trainings and sessions were led by professionals who are truly well informed. I met educators from other parts of the country and heard what they are doing to provide access and opportunities for their students. I had some super conversations.

—Forum 2018 Attendee