As the education reform movement has matured, the venues where advocates convene have also grown. While there are many conferences and meetings throughout the year, the following are the critical gatherings where reform champions meet on an annual basis.
50CAN Annual Meeting
The CAN Summit endeavors to strike a balance between the need for local leadership and the importance of national support. The meeting brings together individuals from throughout CAN network with a focus on CAN boards, staff, partners, and supporters.
Diverse experiences of the individuals who attend the CAN Summit enrich conversations about local leadership, advocacy, and policy. Attendees can expect a wide range of viewpoints and values around public education and reform that will challenge all attendees’ thinking.
A select group of partners and funders will join CAN network executive directors, national and state board members, and senior staff.
America Succeeds Annual Meeting
America Succeeds’ EDventure is a one-of-a-kind, two-day actionable ideas potluck where all participants are encouraged to bring ideas to share and take new ideas home with them. EDventure features unusual and inspiring keynote speakers, panels, networking, recreation and entertainment.
EDventure celebrates the intersection of business and education policy and advocacy and, like any good adventure, offers an exciting experience that will challenge participants to explore boundaries, test their skills, take risks, and embrace new challenges.
Affiliate network members, and a select group of partners and special guests. Executive directors, policy directors, communications directors, board members
Democrats for Education Reform Annual Retreat
Each year Democrats for Education Reform convenes an influential group of stakeholders in the education reform movement at their Philosopher’s Camp On Education Reform (or Camp Philos). Participants connect, share experiences, exchange policy ideas, and gear up for what’s next in the changing landscape of American public education.
Camp Philos features leaders from the front line of efforts to improve public education, engage new advocates, assess where we are now, and evaluate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead through case studies, debate, and candid dialogue.
Thought leaders, philanthropists, and local, state, and national elected and appointed officials fighting for the nation’s schoolchildren, from classrooms to Capitol Hill
NewSchools Venture Fund Annual Summit
The NewSchools Venture Fund hosts an invitation-only annual gathering for education innovation thought leaders representing over 500 organizations in San Francisco, California. This event brings together some of the most important voices and perspectives in K-12 education today. This Summit provides a platform for attendees to engage, share best practices, and tackle some of the toughest challenges facing educators, with the potential to profoundly impact, inspire, and transform public schools so that they work better for every student, in every neighborhood.
The Summit sparks conversations around topics like diversifying education leadership, design-thinking in the classroom, expanding the definition of student success, and the creation of socioeconomically diverse schools. Attendees can hear from educators, students, parents, designers, and researchers that challenge participants to rethink time, talent, and technology in a way that enables new models to put more power in students’ hands and tailor learning to meet their individual needs.
Attendees include entrepreneurs, educators, community leaders, funders, organizational leaders, and policy makers
Foundation for Excellence in Education Annual Conference
As ExcelinEd’s flagship initiative, the National Summit on Education Reform annually convenes the best and brightest from around the world to share strategies to improve the quality of education for all children, everywhere. This one-stop shop of policies and practices offers an opportunity for attendees to learn the nuts and bolts of reform.
Attendees leave the National Summit armed with the knowledge and networks to advance bold education reform in their states. This uncommon conference annually serves as a catalyst for energizing and accelerating the reform movement across the nation.
Scheduled to accommodate election year turnout, the meeting draws lawmakers and policymakers in significant numbers, along with leading policy thinkers and reform advocates
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Annual National Charter Schools Conference
The National Charter Schools Conference is a learning and networking event for charter school teachers, leaders, and enthusiasts. Spanning over four days this conference offers more than 100 breakout, networking, and general sessions.
This conference brings together more than 4,500 education advocates who are a part of a movement, learning from the best in the field, and learning from each other. There are opportunities to meet peers struggling with similar issues or who have solutions to offer making this an incredible learning experience.
Attendees come from all 50 states and while the majority are charter schoolteachers, there are also charter school and education leaders, board members, policy makers, back office staff, instructional coaches, and many, many more attending the conference
PIE Network Annual Summit
While advocates for education reform are found in the mix at meetings of other reform organizations, the Network’s annual summit is the only meeting whose central purpose is to connect state-based advocacy organizations with advocacy leaders from other states as well as policy thinkers and other innovators who might inform their work. A working meeting, the agenda is a mix of case-based discussion of the year’s legislative sessions, looking around corners to the upcoming year’s challenges, along with opportunities to sharpen advocacy skills and approaches. Another feature unique to PIE Network meetings is a culture that fosters candor and willingness to talk not only about what’s working but also lessons learned. The spirit of the summit: everyone brings something to contribute and a yearning to learn.
The now highly-anticipated “Eddies!” awards ceremony celebrates the hard work of advancing reform across the country. One part toast, one part roast, the “Eddies!” recognize progress, honors difficult work, and, through a night of hearty laughter, recharges spirits and commitment.
The invitation-only summit connects leaders from Network member organizations as well as other champions for education reform. A leaders’ meeting for those actively engaged in reform organizations, a typical summit connects roughly 350 leaders from 180 or more organizations