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 - 1:45 pm

Why Everything You Know About Success is (Mostly) Wrong

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

Digging Deeper with Best-Selling Author Eric Barker

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

Policy & Issue Salon

Delivering on the Promise of Public Education, Take One

Ed Reform 101

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

Accountability: Reposition or Renew?

Policy & Issue Salon

Charter Quality: What to Measure and What Else Matters

Policy & Issue Salon

Beyond Pastoral Elegies: Education in Rural America

Policy & Issue Salon

 

Orientation to PIE Network - Tools, Resources, and Summit

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Networking Reception

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

9:00 am - 10:15 am

Breakfast & Welcome to California

Breakfast will be served as California leaders share context about the education landscape in The Golden State.

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)

Debating Teacher Prep: Like Med School or Journalism

Policy Perspectives & Knowledge Building

Funding Reform Strategies for Any Terrain

Policy Perspectives & Knowledge Building

The Future of Work and Career and Technical Education

Policy Perspectives & Knowledge Building

10:45 am - 12:30 pm

Breakout Sessions (105 Minutes)

Priorities and Possibilities: Conversation with Leading Education Reform Funders (LEAD EXECUTIVES ONLY)

Case Studies and Strategy Builders

Assessment: Bridging the Gap Between Policy Aspirations and the Realities of Measurement Tools

Policy Perspectives & Knowledge Building

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch Break

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.

Optional Lunch Discussion: America’s Schools Successful in the 21st Century

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.”

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Breakout Sessions (75 minutes)

Forget Stuart Smalley: The Promise of Social Emotional Learning

Policy Perspectives & Knowledge Building

Legislative Case Studies: Winning Strategies in Purple and Blue States

Case Studies & Strategy Builders

 

 

1:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Breakout Sessions (105 minutes)

Bridging ESSA Advocacy, Policy, and Implementation

Policy Perspectives & Knowledge Building

Exploring the Options: Policy and Fiscal Approaches in the Choice Landscape

Policy Perspectives & Knowledge Building

Turnarounds and Reinvention: Reflecting on ESSA and the Role of Charters

Policy & Issue Salon

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

Using Design Thinking to Shape Policy

Case Studies and Strategy Builders

Charter Communications Strategy

Case Studies and Strategy Builders

Issue Salon 1

Issue Salon 2

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Networking Reception

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

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Eddies!

The Eddies! are an Oscars-style awards ceremony built into the Network’s Summit that recognizes leading advocacy work—this year themed “Last Year, Tonight.” The night is billed as “one-part roast; one-part toast” and has become for many a highly anticipated part of the Summit.

Fri, October 27

Day Three

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Networking Breakfast

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)

Working Session on Financial Transparency with Marguerite Roza

Policy Perspectives and Knowledge Building

Effective Influence: Talking with Policymakers in Red States

Case Studies and Strategy Builders

 

9:00 am - 10:45 am

Breakout Sessions (105 minutes)

Public Policy Expert Denis Calabrese on Political Campaign Strategy: 10 Rules to Change the World

Case Studies and Strategy Builders

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

Management and Operations

Pre-registration required; contact Sarah for more information.

Building Community Engagement through Data Equity Walks

Case Studies and Strategy Builders

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

Unpacking California's 2016 Elections

Case Studies and Strategy Builders

Strategies for Leveraging Change at the District Level

Case Studies and Strategy Builders

Part II: Setting Powerful Goals with The Management Center

Management and Operations

Pre-registration required; contact Sarah for more information.

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Closing Lunch: Bridging Divides

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?

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 Monday, Oct. 2). 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

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 Monday, Oct. 2). Availability is first come and can sell out quickly. After Oct. 2 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: 9 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

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 (5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111). 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.

  • 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.

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.