PIE Network 2018 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.



For more than a decade, advocates for education reform have gathered from across the country to reflect, plan, and celebrate advances in public policy. Every year, the Summit welcomes new leaders to the Network, showcases states with big policy crescendos, and revisits states where implementation work is underway. This year brings the Network to New Orleans.


State leaders now wield the baton, and this year’s Summit will examine how increasing autonomy at the state level may be changing the cadence of reform. We’ll look back on lessons learned this past legislative season, explore emerging new policy ideas, and sharpen advocacy know-how to harmonize our efforts for greater impact.  


Questions or ideas about Summit programming? Contact erice@pie-network.org.


2018 Summit App

This year’s event app is currently in development, and we look forward to launching it prior to the meeting. The app will include moderator and discussant bios, and a detailed agenda.


Stay tuned!

  • Detailed Schedule

Below is a working draft agenda for the 2018 Summit. Times, topics, and titles could change as we build out a robust slate of moderators and discussants. Please check back for additional updates.

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Wed, October 3

Day One

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Pre-meeting Workshops

Training from The Management Center

This pre-meeting workshop is open to all Summit participants.

Measuring the Impact of Engagement Strategies

This pre-meeting workshop is open to all Summit participants.

The Power of Branding: What it Means and How to Do It

This pre-meeting workshop is open to all Summit participants.

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Opening Breakout Sessions

Testing Our Patience: The State of Accountability

Protests, Unions, and the Future of the Teaching Profession

Politics of State Funding Reform

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm


5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Opening Welcome: Collaboration, Innovation, and Adaptabiity–The Rhythms of Reform

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Opening Networking Reception

Thu, October 4

Day Two

7:45 am - 8:45 am


8:45 am - 10:00 am

Breakout Sessions

Teacher Supply and Demand

Case Studies in Achieving More Equitable Charter Funding

Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education

Pitching Powerful Stories to Ed Reporters

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 am - 11:45 am

Breakout Sessions

Material World: The Challenges of Curriculum Reform

Building Momentum for Funding Reform: Grassroots Development, Communications, and Short-term Policy Changes

Inside Louisiana's Innovative Assessment Pilot

How to Survive and Thrive Amid Electoral Transitions

11:45 am - 12:00 pm


12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch & Discussion with Louisiana Superintendent John White

1:30 pm - 1:45 pm


1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Breakout Sessions

School Finance Policy

Measuring Success of School Choice Programs

School Improvement Strategies under ESSA

School Report Cards: Communicating Data to Parents and Policymakers

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Networking Break

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Breakout Sessions

The Shifting Political Charter Landscape

Lessons from NOLA: Community Engagement in Times of Change

Beyond the Classroom: Addressing Out of School Factors that Impact Learning

5:30 pm - 6:15 pm


6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

The Eddies! Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Fri, October 5

Day Three

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Coffee & Beignets

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Breakout Sessions

Beyond the Bill: Influencing Implementation

Personalized Learning

The Future of Assessments

10:30 am - 10:45 am


10:45 am - 12:30 pm

Jazz Brunch: Where We Go From Here

  • How to prepare


Registration is currently open to Nework members, including advocacy organizations and national partners, and any of their invited guests. If you have questions or need more information about registration, please contact julie@pie-network.org.



The Summit provides a roughly 60/40 split in structured sessions and unstructured networking opportunities to connect with colleagues from across the country. As you consider whom to include on your team, consider their ability to maximize this networking time.


PIE Network members, including state advocacy organizations and national partners, are encouraged to bring whomever best reinforces their work. This could include external partners like board members, funders, community leaders etc.


In order to ensure there is room for representatives from all member organizations, please initially limit your team to four people. Later this summer, we will open the remaining seats to additional members and friends of the Network. (At this point, we will no longer be able to guarantee four seats for unregistered member organizations.)



A discounted room rate of $199 is available for Summit participants at the InterContinental Hotel in downtown New Orleans (444 St. Charles Avenue). This rate is available until Sept. 14 or until rooms sell out. The PIE Network hosts all meals and meeting fees, while participants are responsible for lodging and travel. If you have any questions about lodging or would like to make your hotel reservation online, please email julie@pie-network.org.



The closest airport to the hotel is Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY).


Participants are responsible for travel to and from the airport. Both taxis and app-based ride services like Lyft or Uber are readily available. Taking a taxi or a Lyft or Uber from the airport to the hotel will cost roughly $40 and take approximately 30 minutes.


Frequently Asked Summit Questions

What is the address of the meeting hotel?

The InterContinental New Orleans is located at 444 St. Charles Avenue.


When does the discounted room rate expire at the InterContinental?

The discounted room rate at the InterContinental New Orleans expires on Sept. 14.


Which meals are provided by the Network during Summit?

The Summit will kick off with a welcome reception on Wednesday evening, Oct. 3 with drinks and light appetizers. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided on Thursday, Oct. 4. On Friday, Oct. 5, a light breakfast and brunch will be provided.


What attire is appropriate?

Summit is never an overly formal affair. Business casual attire is the norm. If you’re joining us for the Eddies! on Thursday night, Oct. 4, some participants do choose to wear cocktail attire.


  • 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.


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.

How can I make nominations for 2018?

You can nominate an advocate or organization that has done great work between now and Wednesday, August 15, 2018 (and because we don’t always know what’s happening in every statehouse, you can also nominate yourself or your organization). Meanwhile, catch up on the 2017 nominees.



Interested in learning more about how winners are selected? Read through the 2018 Eddies! Q & A.