PIE Network 2017 Summit

  • Overview

Often described by advocates and policy thinkers alike as one of the best working meetings in the sector, the annual PIE Network Summit explores perspectives across the ideological spectrum and provides a roughly 60/40 split in structured sessions and unstructured networking opportunities to connect with colleagues from across the country.

 

DAY ONE

Note: sessions on Wednesday, October 25 are reserved for Network members; however, the evening reception on Day One is open to members as well as Network friends. 

 

Wednesday opens with a leadership lunch, and the sessions that follow are geared toward seasoned leaders and offer leadership-level policy discussion and debate on some of the consistent priority issues across the Network. General programming like “Ed Reform 101” and “Network Orientation” will be available for non-senior staff that arrive on Wednesday (though the bulk of programming for this group will begin on Thursday). Wednesday will close with an unstructured reception for all members, partners, and Network friends where you can connect with other leading advocates and national thinkers.

DAY TWO

Thursday opens with a host state welcome to members, Network friends, and experts who join us. It’s loaded with sessions offering policy perspectives from leading thinkers, as well as some longer sessions that dig deeper on technical details that drive policy considerations. Day Two also offers sessions to strengthen advocacy skills and know-how and, often the most highly rated discussions, a few current-issue salons, where leaders explore topics where we have more questions than answers. The Eddies!—a celebration of the year’s accomplishments that’s one part roast, one part toast—will take place on Thursday evening.

DAY THREE

Friday offers skill-building opportunities for all role groups, including sessions led by the Management Center that might appeal to senior leaders, as well as sessions on campaign strategy and policy. Day Three will showcase organizing and community engagement efforts, highlighting the considerable talent on the West Coast. Denis Calabrese, former President of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and public policy expert, will also host a longer session applying his “10 Rules to Change the World.”

FRIENDS OF THE NETWORK

While sessions on Day One are reserved for Network members, friends of the Network are invited to join an evening reception on Day One. Programming on Day Two (including the Eddies! awards ceremony on Thursday night) and Day Three are also open to Network friends.

PIE Network 2017 Summit App

This year’s event app is currently in development, and we look forward to launching in the coming weeks. The app will include moderator and discussant bios, a detailed agenda, and a new feature to connect with your colleagues (this will be revealed soon).

 

Stay tuned!

  • Detailed Schedule

Because we are building the agenda with the input of many across the Network, this is a work in progress.

 

Please note some of the breakout sessions on Day Two and Day Three vary in length; if you are looking for longer networking breaks, keep this in mind when selecting sessions.

 

To see a visual layout of sessions and their length, click here.

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Wed, October 25

Day One

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Why Everything You Know About Success is (Mostly) Wrong

Bayview Rooms: Bay Level

This leadership lunch features best-selling author Eric Barker, known for his recently released book, Barking Up the Wrong Tree. Eric will share his perspective on the many factors that contribute to individual success, including the art of effective influence and leveraging networks.

 

Speaker
Eric Barker

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Networking Break

This is your time to connect with other advocates and schedule meetings with colleagues from across state lines.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

Seacliff A: Bay Level

Digging Deeper with Best-Selling Author Eric Barker

This session offers more time with author Eric Barker. Hear more on the strategies that led to the success of his blog and best-selling book, Barking Up the Wrong Tree.

Moderator
Maryellen Butke
Speaker
Eric Barker

Seacliff B: Bay Level

What's Next for Teacher Evaluation: Refinement or Revolution?

Policy & Issue Salon

40 states now require districts to incorporate evidence of student learning into teacher evaluations – but what changes have actually occurred? In this session, we’ll hear from leaders who advocate for keeping and improving nascent systems and leaders who are calling for a fundamental rethinking of systems to measuring quality teaching.

Moderator
Lillian Lowery
Chad Aldis
Jamie Woodson
Jason Quiara

Seacliff C: Bay Level

Delivering on the Promise of Public Education, Take One

Policy & Issue Salon

This conversation starts with a shared value: every child has a right to a great public education. Then it asks, does a government system of schooling have a right to every child? When and how should the government provide options when traditional schools don’t measure up? Is there a role for “private schools” in a publicly funded system of education? What terms and conditions makes a school “public”? What’s the civil rights history of public and private schools–and how should that inform future policy? (One of two discussions on this important topic).

Moderator
David Pickens
Discussants
Howard Fuller
Catherine Brown
Charlie Barone

Seacliff D

Ed Reform 101

What does it mean to work in education reform? This discussion will cover the bottom line fundamentals of this terrain – the policies, politics, and everything in between. We’ll dig especially deep into the major policy areas Network members typically identify as their priorities: standards and accountability, educator policy, and charters and choice.

Presenters
Kelly McManus
Lisa Keegan

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Networking Break

This is your time to connect with other advocates and schedule meetings with colleagues from across state lines.

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

Seacliff A: Bay Level

Accountability: Reposition or Renew?

Policy & Issue Salon

Advocates will reflect back over 20 years of work promoting standards, aligned assessments, and accountability, helping to identify what led to a breakdown in the coalition, what lessons can be drawn from that breakdown, and how we might build a similar movement outside the framing of “accountability” or “reform.”

Moderator
Stefanie Sanford
Discussants
Amy Wilkins
Lillian Lowery
John Bailey

Seacliff D: Bay Level

Assessing Charter Quality: What to Measure and What Else Matters

Policy & Issue Salon

What does charter quality look like? This is one of the most hotly debated questions in the education reform world. Should parents be the first line of accountability, or should we rely more heavily on other data points like proficiency rates and academic growth? How does the charter application and approval process play into this conversation? This conversation will explore these questions to help inform our thinking around what matters in the charter quality debate.

Moderator
Derrell Bradford
Discussants
Lisa Keegan
Chad Aldis
Mendell Grinter
Karega Rausch

Seacliff C: Bay Level

Beyond Pastoral Elegies: Education in Rural America

Policy & Issue Salon

Rural America has garnered special attention from the national media recently. Much of this attention attempts to explain Trump voters, “hillbillies,” and the pervasive skepticism of “urban elite.” There are other people in rural America, however–low-income children and children of color–who get must less press. Why should ed reformers–whose past focus has sought to address challenges of struggling schools in big cities–care about kids in rural America? What should they know about rural communities and schools? And how do issues like funding, teacher pipelines, and school choice play out in rural areas?

 

Moderator
Rachel Canter
Discussants
Arun Ramanathan
Brigette Blom Ramsey
Chris Stewart

Seacliff B: Bay Level

Orientation to PIE Network - Tools, Resources, and Summit

Designed to help members learn more about what the Network has to offer, this discussion will highlight top tools and resources, explore opportunities for engaging with other advocates, and feature advice for making the most of Summit.

Facilitator
Laura Mann

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Networking Reception

Waterfront & Lower Atrium: Atrium Level

Wednesday will close with an unstructured reception for all members, partners, and Network friends where you can connect with other leading advocates and national thinkers.

Thu, October 26

Day Two

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Networking Breakfast

Grand Ballroom A: Street Level

This is your time to connect with other advocates and schedule meetings with colleagues from across state lines. Breakfast will be available until 9:00 a.m.

9:00 am - 10:15 am

Bridging Perspectives: Welcome to California!

Grand Ballroom A: Street Level

We start the day with a welcome to California offering perspectives on sobering data and exciting initiatives in the Golden state, with national implications.

  • Building Human Potential: Jim Shelton, President, Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Bridging Gaps: Ryan Smith, Executive Director, Education Trust-West
  • Building Brighter Futures: David Silver, Director of Education to the Mayor, Oakland Promise

10:15 am - 10:45 am

Networking Break

This is your time to connect with other advocates and schedule meetings with colleagues from across state lines.

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Breakout Sessions (75 Minutes)

Seacliff A: Bay Level

Debating Teacher Prep: Like Medicine or Journalism?

Policy Perspectives & Knowledge Building

Advocates have long sought to address the shortcomings of many traditional preparation programs in training teachers to be classroom-ready. But is the solution raising the bar to entry into the profession and extending pre-service training, or opening it up and holding a high bar for performance in the classroom? In other words, should teaching be more like medicine or journalism? This debate will explore the arguments for each approach, and how they might address teacher quality, shortages, diversity, and other pressing challenges for the profession.

Moderator
Dale Chu
Discussants
Daniel Sellers
Kate Walsh
Dan Weisberg
Lauren Stuart

Seacliff B: Bay Level

The Future of Work and Career and Technical Education

Policy Perspectives & Knowledge Building

Preparing students for the future means, in part, anticipating jobs and industries of the future. What role do STEM, career and technical education, and apprenticeships have in helping kids succeed? How can we make sure these approaches give students real options, and aren’t just a new form of tracking? And what’s the role for advocates in policy and implementation of innovative approaches to career education? This session will tackle these questions and more.

Moderator
Jason Gaulden
Discussants
John Bailey
Nathan Roskop
Linda Noonan

10:45 am - 12:30 pm

Breakout Sessions (105 Minutes)

Marina: Bay Level

Priorities and Possibilities (Network Leads Only)

Executives Only Session

This session offers a conversation among lead executives of Network member organizations and some of the leading funding partners who support the Network. There is one reserved space for every PIE Network member and partner organization executive director. For questions about attending the session, please contact Sarah.

 

 

Seacliff C: Bay Level

Assessment: Closing the Gap Between Policy Aspirations and Measurement Realities

Policy Perspectives & Knowledge Building

To test or not to test? The national opt-out assessment movement challenges us to define the real value of standardized tests. Assessment experts will summarize the intended and unintended consequences of testing and ways that assessment and policy organizations can better connect assessments to policy goals.

Discussants
Kimberly O’Malley
Denny Way

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch Break

Grand Ballroom A: Street Level

Networking Lunch

Depending on the length of the morning session you participated in, your lunch will start at either noon or 12:30, giving you either 60 or 90 minutes for lunch and networking. This is your time to connect with other advocates and schedule meetings with colleagues from across state lines.

Regency Room: Street Level

Optional Lunch Discussion: Charters, Vouchers, Empowerment Zones - Where and How Do We Move Forward?

What would our public school systems look like if they had been developed in the 21st century, instead of the early 20th? Would they look like they do now? Or would it be something completely different? In this optional lunch session, we will hear from author and public sector reform expert David Osborne, as he talks about his new book “Reinventing America’s Schools: Creating a 21st Century Education System.” Through an interview-style conversation led by Chris Gabrieli of Empower Schools, we will explore different approaches and opportunities to organizing structures that districts can embrace and state policy advocates can champion. The first 25 to attend will receive free copies of David’s book.

Speaker
David Osborne
Chris Gabrieli

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Breakout Sessions (75 minutes)

Seacliff A: Bay Level

Forget Stuart Smalley: The Promise of Social Emotional Learning

Policy Perspectives & Knowledge Building

Is “social-emotional learning” (SEL) a promising approach to improving academic and life outcomes, or just a repackaging of the self-esteem movement? How does SEL fit in with the reform agenda, especially as it pertains to measurement and high standards? Experts and advocates will discuss why they’ve chosen to address trauma-informed schools, resilience, and other aspects of social-emotional learning, and why we’re unlikely to unlock students’ full potential without considering SEL.

Moderator
Jacqueline Jodl
Discussants
Neil Kirschling
Acasia Wilson Feinberg
Lyon Terry

Seacliff B: Bay Level

Legislative Case Studies: Winning Strategies in Purple and Blue States

Case Studies & Strategy Builders

In today’s ever increasing partisan divide, some wonder if the days of working together across party lines are over. But the legislative victories this year in Colorado and Illinois reveal what is possible for education reformers, even in historically blue and purple states. In this discussion, we will talk with advocates involved in these impressive victories to achieve equitable charter funding in Colorado and overhaul the decades-old state funding formula (and how choice made it’s way into the mix) in Illinois. We will hear about the strategies they used, lessons learned, and what it means for the rest of us.

 

 

Moderator
Nina Rees
Discussants
Dan Schaller
Jen Walmer
Andrew Broy
Ginger Ostro

1:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Breakout Sessions (105 minutes)

Seacliff D: Bay Level

Bridging ESSA Advocacy, Policy, and Implementation

Policy Perspectives & Knowledge Building

Sharing their hot-off-the-presses reviews of state ESSA plans submitted in September, experts will weigh in with recommendations and cautions for advocates. Then participants will split into one of three smaller work groups to dive deeper on advocacy/communications, technical details, or implementation. We’ll finish with a report-back from the work groups as participants identify their next steps.

Moderator
Adam Ezring
Discussants
Indira Dammu
Carrie Griffin Monica
Blair Mann
Chad Alderman
Paige Kowalski

Seacliff C: Bay Level

Exploring the Options: School Choice Policy and the Fiscal and Academic Impact

Policy Perspectives & Knowledge Building

Support for vouchers, opportunity scholarships, tax credits and similar “choice” programs has always been the “agree to disagree” terrain within the Network. But whether or not advocates agree, policymakers in many red states will be proposing legislation that advances these ideas. This session is designed for knowledge building about the range of options in place or being debated. What are the different forms of choice? How do the different policies work? How do the different programs impact state budgets? And what does the research show when it comes to academic outcomes?

Moderator
Robin Lake
Discussants
Corey DeAngelis
Howard Fuller
Scott Sargard
Jonathan Nikkila
Patricia Levesque

Marina: Bay Level

Turnarounds and Reinvention: The Role of the States, Districts, and Charters in School Improvement

Policy & Issue Salon

Much of the focus on ESSA has been around accountability and what states should focus on when building their accountability plans. But there hasn’t been as much focus on how states, districts and charter schools can effectively improve student learning in our lowest performing schools. Over the past few years, states, districts and charter schools have taken on various approaches—to mostly middling results. How can PIE members help improve outcomes in our lowest-performing schools? What have we learned? What’s next?

Moderator
Nadya Dabby
Discussants
Lauren Bierbaum
Arun Ramanathan
Marshall Tuck
Lizzette Reynolds

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Networking Break

Depending on the length of the session you participated in after lunch, you’ll have a 30 or 60 minute networking break. This is your time to connect with other advocates and schedule meetings with colleagues from across state lines.

3:45 pm - 5:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

Seacliff C: Bay Level

Winning Communications Strategies

Case Studies & Strategy Builders

Participants will learn about the six keys for successful campaigns and then go deep into three unconventional examples from beyond education to encourage creative thinking. Following the presentation, participants will divide into small groups to explore their assumptions about audience, tone, and tactics to uncover bold new approaches as well as share their lessons learned on previous campaigns.

Kickstarters
Natalie Laukitis
Teresa Wasson
Ciara Mentzer
Presenter
Felix Schein

Seacliff A: Bay Level

Delivering on the Promise of Public Education, Take Two

Policy & Issue Salon

This conversation starts with a shared value: every child has a right to a great public education. Does a government system of schooling have a right to every child? What’s the obligation of the government to provide for alternatives if community schools aren’t great schools? Who decides what great looks like? What’s our duty as advocates to ensure that systems of schooling are stable enough to provide for the most kids? (The second of two discussions of this important topic).

Moderator
Dan Weisberg
Discussants
Chris Stewart
Evan Stone
Robin Lake
Summit Schedule

Seacliff B: Bay Level

Testing the Waters on Assessment

Policy & Issue Salon

First we’ll get wonky, debating the value of growth and proficiency as well as using assessments to drive student achievement. Then we’ll reframe the conversation, asking the discussants to put their “parent hats” on and share their personal experiences with their own children taking tests. How does our lived experience impact what we advocate for? What’s our responsibility as reformers to ensure accountability but balance the competing demands on students’ time?

Discussants
Chris Korsmo
Mike Petrilli
Patricia Levesque
Moderator
Aimee Rogstad Guidera

Marina: Bay Level

funding reform strategies for any terrain

POLICY PERSPECTIVES & KNOWLEDGE BUILDING

In this session, advocates will get a quick wrap-around of some of the major funding reform stories of 2017 and then self-select into groups to work through challenges and opportunities unique to their state as they pursue funding reform related policy changes. At each table, partners from a range of national organizations will offer thought partnership and expertise to advocates and they navigate a path forward for their states

MODERATOR
Marc Magee
Discussants
Michael O'Sullivan
Daniel Zavala
Jessica Handy
Dan Schaller
Nina Rees
Partners
Katie Roy
Christina Baumgardner
Lizzette Reynolds
Alissa Bernstein

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Networking Reception

Grand Ballroom Foyer: Street Level

Join Network members and friends for a pre-Eddies! cocktail hour.

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Eddies!

Grand Ballroom A: Street Level

One part roast, one part toast, The Eddies! recognize leading advocacy work from the past year—without taking ourselves too seriously. Member-nominated awards will go to the Network’s Most Valuable Player, Best Kept Secret, Most Actionable Research, Best Ensemble Cast, and the Game Changer of the Year.

Fri, October 27

Day Three

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Networking Breakfast

Grand Ballroom A: Street Level

This is your time to connect with other advocates and schedule meetings with colleagues from across state lines.

9:00 am - 10:15 am

Breakout Sessions (75 minutes)

Seacliff A: Bay Level

Making the Most of the Financial Transparency Requirement

Policy Perspectives & Knowledge Building

A few years after Colorado became the first state to require school-level financial expenditure data, federal law now requires the same in every state. In this interactive session, participants will build an understanding of federal requirements, trade strategies for leveraging these requirements for positive student outcomes, and discuss the role state advocates can play in the creation of these data systems and after the data becomes available to the general public.

Presenter
Marguerite Roza

Seacliff D: Bay Level

Effective Influence: Talking with Policymakers in Red States

Case Studies & Strategy Builders

Sometimes talking with policymakers from a different party can make you feel like the guy in the old Verizon commercials – “Can you hear me now!?” These “lost in translation” moments can apply to members of all parties, but are especially relevant with Republicans controlling 68 of 99 legislative chambers and 33 of 50 governorships. In this discussion, we will hear strategies from former elected officials and those who have effectively advocated in front of them to communicate their message to Republican lawmakers.

 

Moderator
Derrell Bradford
Discussants
Lisa Keegan
Jim Cowen
Tom Luna
Alex Kelly

9:00 am - 10:45 am

Breakout Sessions (105 minutes)

Seacliff B: Bay Level

Political Campaign Strategy: 10 Rules to Change the World

Case Studies & Strategy Builders

Public policy expert and strategic communications advisor Denis Calabrese brings a range of experiences and perspectives to this conversation, including his former roles as president of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and chief of staff to former House Majority Leader Dick Armey. In this session, Denis will share his “Ten Rules for Changing the World” and will explore how the same strategies that have been used to drive policy breakthroughs in criminal justice and pension reform can be applied to transform our nation’s education system.

Presenter
Denis Calabrese

Seacliff C: Bay Level

Part I: Guide More, Do Less: A Practical Approach to Effective Delegation with the Management Center

Management & Operations

Whether the work you need done is straightforward or complex, the same basic principles apply: you have to be clear about your expectations, stay engaged enough (and give enough feedback) to increase the likelihood of success, and hold people accountable for whether they deliver. This sounds so straightforward and yet, most managers don’t do it effectively, leaving them and their teams producing less impact (and more frustration). In this session we’ll share a tool and framework that make this EASY to do and easy to teach to your other managers. 

Pre-registration required; contact Sarah for more information.

Facilitator
Monique Ayotte-Hoeltzel

Marina: Bay Level

Building Community Engagement through Data Equity Walks

Case Studies & Strategy Builders

Data Equity Walks, developed by The Education Trust-West in California, increase public awareness and activation by grounding education conversations in meaningful data. Experience a walk firsthand and learn how to successfully facilitate a walk, including how advocates repurposed this approach in Illinois and Tennessee.

Facilitator
Ryan Smith

10:15 am - 11:15 am

Networking Break

Depending on the length of the first session you participated in, you’ll have a 30 or 60 minute networking break. This is your time to connect with other advocates and schedule meetings with colleagues from across state lines.

11:15 am - 12:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

Seacliff A: Bay Level

Unpacking California's 2016 Elections

Case Studies & Strategy Builders

California’s legislative elections are known for being big, expensive, complicated…and dominated by defenders of the status quo. In this session, California coalition leaders will weigh in on the political strategy and highly coordinated efforts that turned the tide in 2016, electing 16 out of 17 education reform candidates in the largest legislative election effort in state history.

Moderator
Gregory McGinity
Discussants
David Crane
Gary Borden
Bill Lucia

Seacliff B: Bay Level

Micro vs. Macro: Strategies for Leveraging Change at the District and Metro Level

Case Studies & Strategy Builders

While advocates are working on the state and national level to enact reforms on the education system as a whole, there are many others who are working on the district and metro level to enact reforms to specific systems. What is their work doing to improve education systems and how does it impact the work going on at the state and national level? In this discussion, we will hear some of the issues they have been working on, tactics they used and strategies that have worked.

Discussant
Eva Orbuch
Maribel Lopez
Ruben Felipe
Moderator
Jim Blew

Seacliff C: Bay Level

Part II: Setting Powerful Goals with The Management Center

Management & Operations

Most organizations have goals – so why aren’t they serving as the engine of organizational progress that they could and should be?  In this session, we’ll tackle part of the challenge: setting powerful, meaningful, focused goals in the first place.  We’ll explore some of the unique challenges to setting effective goals in advocacy (what about the impacts we can’t fully control?!) and offer practical advice and tools to strengthen your team’s and your goals – with an objective of helping you measure more of the right things and (often) less overall.

Pre-registration required; contact Sarah for more information.

Facilitator
Monique Ayotte-Hoeltzel

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Closing Lunch: Bridging Divides

Grand Ballroom A

As we navigate within the most politically polarized landscape of, well, recent memory for any of us, how do we find those opportunities to continue to work better together? What concessions are necessary in this “new normal” to make gains for kids? And what compromises are a bridge too far?

Moderator
Chris Korsmo
Discussants
Howard Fuller
Vallay Varro
Emily Anne Gullickson
Luke Ragland

Types of Sessions Available

Policy & Issue Salons: These sessions are designed to push boundaries, test conventional thinking, or explore topics where value trade-offs guide decisions as much as data and evidence.

 

Policy Perspectives and Knowledge Building: These are the sessions that explore a range of viewpoints and offer expert insight into shared priorities across the Network.

 

Case Studies and Strategy Builders: These discussions reflect on recent campaigns or offer knowledge building to sharpen strategy and know how.

 

Management and Operations: These sessions are designed to strengthen capacity in key areas of organizational development and leadership.

  • How to prepare

REGISTRATION

Summit participation is open to all Network members. Friends of the Network participate through invitation only. If you have questions or need more information about registration, please contact Sarah@pie-network.org.

LODGING

A discounted room rate of $279 is available for participants at the meeting hotel, the Hyatt Regency San Francisco (the discounted room rate is guaranteed through Friday, Oct. 6). Availability is first come and can sell out quickly. The PIE Network hosts all meals and meeting fees: participants are responsible for lodging costs. If you have any questions about lodging, please email Amanda@pie-network.org.

TRAVEL TO & FROM AIRPORT

The closest airport to the hotel is San Francisco International Airport (SFO), though you can also fly into Oakland or San Jose.

 

Participants are responsible for transportation costs to and from the airport. SFO is approximately 30-45 minutes from the Hyatt Regency San Francisco (depending on traffic). Both taxis and app-based services like Uber and Lyft are readily available from SFO. Taking a taxi from SFO to the hotel will cost approximately $60. App-based services like Uber and Lyft will cost approximately $35-50.

 

Frequently Asked Summit Questions

What is the address of the conference hotel?

The San Francisco Hyatt Regency is located at 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111.

When does the discounted room rate expire at the Hyatt Regency?

A discounted room rate of $279 is available for participants at the meeting hotel, the Hyatt Regency San Francisco (the discounted room rate is guaranteed through Friday, Oct. 6). Availability is first come and can sell out quickly. After Oct. 6 pricing is subject to change.

Which meals are provided by the PIE Network during the Summit?

Meals hosted by the PIE Network include lunch on Wednesday, an evening reception with heavy appetizers on Wednesday night, Thursday breakfast/lunch/dinner, and Friday breakfast/lunch. When registering, you can specify any dietary restrictions you have.

What are the on-site registration hours?

Participants can register onsite at the Hyatt Regency during the below hours. If you will be arriving outside the hours, please contact Amanda@pie-network.org to register at a different time.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 25: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. PT
  • Thursday, Oct. 26: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT
  • Friday, Oct. 26: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT
Is there a place to distribute resources from my organization to Summit participants?

Yes, members and partners can bring anything they would like to distribute (reports, brochures etc.) to the Summit resource table.

I would like to send materials in advance to the meeting site. Where should I ship them?

If needed, participants can ship materials directly to the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, using the address below.

 

Hyatt Regency San Francisco

5 Embarcadero Center

San Francisco, CA 94111

ATTN: Amanda Korte c/o Alison Tacker

Hold for: Guest Name

Conference Name: PIE Network

Conference Dates: Oct. 25-27

A FedEx Print & Ship Center is also located at 100 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111 (approximately 2 minutes from the hotel).

 

What attire is appropriate for the Summit?

The Summit is never an overly formal affair; the norm is business casual attire. Temperatures in meeting rooms often fluctuate so consider dressing in layers.

What public transportation is near the hotel?

The Hyatt Regency is situated along the city’s famous cable car line. All three of the city’s cable car routes are easily accessible from the hotel.

 

The Embarcadero BART station (Bay Area Rapid Transit) is also located one-tenth of a mile from the hotel, providing easy and affordable public transportation to the city.

What attractions are near the hotel?

The Hyatt Regency is located just steps away from the Embarcadero, the boulevard that runs along the eastern coast of the city. The Bay Bridge, the Ferry building, and multiple scenic piers are just blocks from the hotel.

Is there an organized way to donate to victims of the recent wildfires?

We are not organizing donations, but we are keeping a collection of organizations and businesses working to help.

  • The Eddies!

What are the Eddies! Awards?

The Eddies! is an Oscars-style awards ceremony built into the Network’s Summit that recognizes leading advocacy work. The night is billed as “one part roast; one part toast” and has become for many a highly anticipated part of the Summit. Over time, we’ve seen that this recognition is deeply valued by past winners who list the award in bios and display the statue prominently in their offices.

Who are the nominees this year?

One of our greatest strengths as a Network is working together to spread impact and know-how. In that spirit, we’re proud to feature excellent policymaking and advocacy campaigns from the past year, telling the story of how education policy was advanced one state at a time.  While winners in each category will be announced at the PIE Network 2017 Summit, the slate of nominees is just as important.

 

What’s New This Year

As the Network has grown, we increasingly hear that it is challenging to vote on—and digest the scope of—work happening across the country. Therefore, this year, while members will still drive the Eddies! nomination process, a selection committee will determine the final winner in each category (with the exception of MVP, which will be voted on live at Summit). This will allow for a deeper discussion to understand the extent of each nominee’s work.

2017 Selection Committee

The 2017 Selection Committee is comprised of past Eddies! nominees, Leadership Institute alumni, PIE Network board members, and education leaders with a broad view of work happening across the Network.