2019 PIE Network Summit

  • Overview

September 25- 27, 2019 | Austin, TX

The 2019 Summit is devoted to spurring innovation—sparking new ideas to catalyze advocacy and transform education so that all kids graduate world ready. This working meeting is designed to give you space to refresh and sharpen strategies, test big ideas, and make connections with trusted partners. We’ll share, debate, and dig in on policy, research, and political strategies to effectively defend progress and proactively advance improvements for students.

 

 

This experience provides a roughly 60/40 split in structured sessions and unstructured networking opportunities to connect with colleagues from across the country.

 

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

 

2019 Summit App

Looking for detailed information on Summit sessions, event attendees, and more? The 2019 Summit app will be available in late summer.

  • Detailed Schedule

The 2019 PIE Network Summit will be held in Austin, TX, September 25-27.

 

We look forward to sharing additional details in the coming weeks about the programming below. Note: the times and topics below are subject to change as we finalize speakers.

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Wed, September 25

DAY ONE

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

New Member & Leadership Institute Lunch

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RSVP Only: New Member & First-Time Participant Lunch

This RSVP-only lunch is reserved for new Network members and partners as well as first-time Summit participants.

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RSVP Only: Leadership Institute Alumni Lunch

This RSVP-only lunch is reserved for Leadership Institute alumni as well as the current cohort.

1:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Working Sessions: Open to all Participants

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Hidden Tribes & The Perception Gap – Navigating America’s Polarized Landscape

Most Americans say this is the most politically divided moment in our lifetimes. Polarization is dividing our communities, fracturing formerly bipartisan/nonpartisan spaces, and preventing progress on urgent issues such as ensuring every child gets an excellent education. During this session, dive into what is driving us apart, how we can better understand the beliefs of those with different views, how our misperceptions fuel animosity, and—most importantly—how we move beyond this deepening division to find common ground in support of our students’ futures.

Speakers
Dan Vallone,
More in Common
Mohammad Naeem,
More in Common

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Beyond Tokenism to Partnership: Putting Transformational Community Organizing into Action

This workshop will provide a framework that outlines a spectrum of community organizing and a rubric to lead the self-analysis and next steps toward organizational change. The framework is widely used by a number of major funders as a lens through which to view community engagement and organizing. Participants will get hands-on experience working with the rubric, hear from organizations that have used this framework, and share how participants’ might use it to reflect on their own organizations.

Speakers
David Sailer,
Clarion River Group
Charles McDonald,
Community Engagement Partners

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Investing in Pension Reform

While most advocates make the connection between pensions and resource inequities, teacher pay, and other funding-related challenges, few have engaged in formal efforts to make teacher retirement systems more secure and sustainable. In this hands-on working session, collaborate with experts and peers to gain a deeper understanding of your own state’s context, learn from successful (and unsuccessful) pension reform efforts, and explore policy solutions and advocacy strategies for tackling this critical issue.

Speakers
Anthony Randazzo,
Equable Institute
Sandi Jacobs,
EducationCounsel
Chad Aldeman,
Bellwether Education Partners

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Cool Tool Demos

Garnet Screening Room

A Failure to Plan...

While the best laid plans can fail, failing to plan ensures failure. Join 50CAN President Vallay Varro as she demos “Expedition,” 50CAN’s bespoke advocacy planning platform that puts goals, finances, metrics and and successes all in one place and at your fingertips.

Speaker
Vally Varro,
50CAN

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Break

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Role alike time: meet with other leaders whose work looks like yours

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Executive Directors and Deputy Directors

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Communicators

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Policy and Government Affairs Leads

Garnet Screening Room

Organizers

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Opening Reception

6th Floor Lounge

Join us in the 6th floor lounge at the LINE Hotel, where you’ll enjoy incredible views of the water and the bat bridge! This space is accessed by its own elevator bank located on the far right side of the lobby when facing the check-in desks. Select P6 in the elevator.

Thu, September 26

DAY TWO

8:00 am - 9:30 am

Breakfast: Texas Welcome

Onyx Ballroom

Leading Q&A
John Fitzpatrick,
Educate Texas
Will Fullerton,
Texas Aspires
Speaker
Mike Morath,
Texas Education Agency

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Networking Break

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Breakout Sessions

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Making it Work: Career-Connected Learning for Every Student

Momentum is growing around strengthening the link between our nation’s K-12 education system and the workforce, creating a surge of policy wins as states work across sectors to design new models to ensure every student is prepared with 21st century skills. During this session, engage with both state and national leaders to learn best practices you can implement in your own state and region.

Moderator
Subira Gordon,
ConnCAN
Speakers
Kelly Caufield,
Colorado Succeeds
Lizzette Reynolds,
Foundation for Excellence in Education
Georgia Heyward,
Center on Reinventing Public Education

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Riding (Out) the Blue Wave: Charters and Choice in a Changing Landscape

Shifting political winds and intense pressure from the opposition in election year politics has forced some charter advocates to defend progress. The past year, advocates fought efforts to halt growth, restrict access to resources, and fend off other obstacles to prevent families from accessing quality charter schools. This discussion will highlight ways that advocates are holding ground, protecting quality choices, and seeking to turn the tide towards offense.

Moderator
Chad Aldis,
Thomas B. Fordham Institute-Ohio
Speakers
Matt Pahl,
New Mexico Coalition for Charter Schools
Ariel Johnson,
Illinois Network of Charter Schools
James Merriman,
New York City Charter School Center
Dean Drescher,
EdVoice

Jasper Living Room

Visual Storytelling: Turning Numbers into a Powerful Narrative

Turning a scatterplot into a leading headline requires deft strategy, collaboration across teams, and a willingness to think outside the box. Using data is a compelling way to make your message stick—and is even more powerful when the numbers come to life for your stakeholders. In this session, communications leaders will explore how to visually tell your story and transform overwhelming and often-used data points into an experience that informs, inspires, and demands action.

Moderator
Jelena Hasbrouck,
The Education Trust-West
Speakers
Clairelise Kip,
TNTP
Natalie Walchuk,
GO Public Schools
Tiffany Lankes,
The Education Trust New York
Daniel Walker,
DelawareCAN

Garnet Screening Room

Strategy Shifts: What's in the Way IS the Way

Advocates encounter barriers to change on a regular basis. In some cases, these roadblocks derail a campaign completely, but at other times, obstacles are exactly what advocates need to embrace in order to move forward. From partnering with strange bedfellows to supporting controversial policies adjacent to education, leaders in this discussion will share lessons learned from leaning into and overcoming the obstacles in their paths.

Moderator
Maryellen Butke,
Organizer Zero
Speakers
Myles Mendoza,
Empower Illinois
Carrie Griffin Monica,
Stand for Children Louisiana
Andréa Comer,
Educators for Excellence-Connecticut

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Who’s In? Opportunities and Tensions in Teacher Prep

What information should prospective teachers, advocates, and policymakers know about educator preparation programs? What knowledge, skills, and experiences should be required before teachers enter the classroom? Whose responsibility is it to ensure that teachers are supported during induction and throughout their careers? Hear answers to these and other pressing questions from a district leader, a group of improvement-minded deans, an alternative provider, and leading state advocates.

Moderator
Miguel Solis,
Dallas Independent School District
Speakers
Ben Riley,
Deans for Impact
Ian Rosenblum,
The Education Trust-New York
Chris Fraser,
Relay Graduate School of Education
Mary Cypress Metz,
Tennessee SCORE

Mica Studio

Better & Stronger Together: Grantmaker Collaboration to Support Statewide Education Policy & Advocacy

Table Talk

Learn how grantmakers can partner together to impact state policy and how you can encourage funder alliances to affect positive public and higher education policy change. The discussion will feature voices from the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium (TEGAC), an initiative of Educate Texas at the Communities Foundation of Texas. This statewide funders’ collaborative is made up of 50 Texas private family, corporate, and community foundations and United Ways—all working together to empower Texas philanthropy to invest and engage in effective public education policy and advocacy at the state level.

Speakers
Jennifer Esterline,
Educate Texas
Wynn Rosser,
The TLL Temple Foundation

Quartz Kitchen

Learning in the Fast Lane

Book Talk

Checker Finn of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute will describe his recent book, Learning in the Fast Lane: The Past, Present and Future of Advanced Placement.

Speaker
Checker Finn,
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

11:30 am - 11:45 am

Break

11:45 am - 1:15 pm

Lunch: Families Driving Change

Onyx Ballroom

Families matter most. They are a child’s first and most important teacher. Yet, too often, families’ desires and leadership in education decisions take a backseat. Hear from leaders working to change that about what parents really want, how they’re moving from empowering parents to putting parents in power, and how families driving change can transform both advocacy and our education system.

Moderator
Chris Stewart,
Education Post
Speakers
Maya Martin Cadogan,
Parents Amplifying Voices in Education
Keri Rodrigues,
Massachusetts Parents United
Seth Litt,
Parent Revolution
Sarah Carpenter,
Memphis Lift

1:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Break

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Breakout Sessions

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Advanced Coursework: Expanding Access, Ensuring Quality

As honors, AP, IB, and dual credit options expand, how can we ensure equitable access for every student—while maintaining program quality? Discuss strategies for supporting teachers and students to increase advanced coursework opportunities, and learn from leaders driving change in AP, dual credit, and automatic enrollment policy.

Moderator
Elisha Smith Arrillaga,
The Education Trust-West
Speakers
Checker Finn,
Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Melissa Henderson,
Educate Texas
Libuse Binder,
Stand for Children Washington
Prateek Dutta,
Democrats for Education Reform Colorado

Garnet Screening Room

Potato, Potata: You Say Social-Emotional Learning, I Say Soft Skills

Whether you call it social-emotional learning, character education, trauma-informed care, or business soft skills, the need to ensure students can cooperate, compromise, communicate, and thrive unites advocates who approach this work from vastly different perspectives. Leaders representing diverse constituencies will share their varying approaches to this work.

Moderator
Tim Taylor,
America Succeeds
Speakers
Neil Kirschling,
Rodel Foundation of Delaware
Kerry Savage,
Parents Amplifying Voices in Education
Queen Nwafor,
FOCUS

Jasper Living Room

Framing the Conversation Around Charter Schools

Telling the story of charter students and schools can feel more challenging than ever. Yet, it is critical to ensuring that current and future students continue to have access to quality opportunities. Hear how leaders—some solely focused on charters and others that work on charters as a piece of their policy agenda—are talking about charters in their communications, ensuring families have the information they need, and countering arguments from opponents. Recent research findings will ground the discussion and state and local leaders will share what has and hasn’t resonated in their communities.

Moderator
Alex Deiro Stubbs,
Stand for Children Louisiana
Speakers
Irene Holtzman,
Parents Amplifying Voices in Education
Tobin Marcus,
Benenson Strategy Group
Starlee Coleman,
Texas Charter Schools Association
Sara Sandhu,
GO Public Schools

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What is the Purpose of Education?

What is school for? As advocates, this question lies underneath everything we do. This discussion is an opportunity to think big and share ideas about whether and how the purpose of education has evolved and outline levers and barriers to realizing that vision.

Moderator
David Mansouri,
Tennessee SCORE
Speakers
Robert Pondiscio,
Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Kenya Bradshaw,
TNTP
Robin Lake,
Center on Reinventing Public Education

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From Schoolhouse to Statehouse: Teacher Activism and Protests

Across the country, teachers are worried about their economic security, and feel that too often their voices aren’t heard in decisions affecting their profession and their students. While a number of recent teacher protests have sought to address pay and working conditions, many have also threatened issues like school choice and accountability. Leaders will discuss lessons learned from recent protests, diagnose current challenges, share promising models of educator activism, and help participants identify opportunities going forward.

Moderator
Luke Ragland,
Ready Colorado
Speakers
Jessica Stewart,
GO Public Schools
Paul Toner,
Teach Plus
Mary Frances Clardy,
Educators for Excellence-Minnesota

Mica Studio

Tools to Reimagine Education

Cool Tool Demo

Learn more about XQ’s history, mission, and explore their open source tools and resources including “That’s a School Board Thing” and “High School and the Future of Work: A Guide for State Policymakers.” Learn how to use XQ’s tools to connect community members to school boards and elected officials—and to prepare them to help rethink high school in America.

Speaker
Jennifer Ellis,
XQ Institute

Travertine Studio

Illuminating Education Data with Spotlight Education

Cool Tool Demo

Spotlight Education will share how its novel technology turns complicated education data into personalized, relevant stories for everyday users like students and families. Examples include engaging video reports (e.g., school report cards; personalized student test score reports) and infographic reports (e.g., state NAEP results; personalized student college and career readiness reports). Spotlight will also discuss insights on current assessment and data-related challenges from their work with schools, districts, and states.

Speaker
Mark Schneiderman,
Spotlight Education

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Networking Break and Book Talk

Networking Break

Onyx Ballroom

How the Other Half Learns

Book Talk

Robert Pondiscio of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute will describe his recent book, How the Other Half Learns: Equality, Excellence, and the Battle Over School Choice.

Speaker
Robert Pondiscio,
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Breakout Sessions

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School Funding Reform: Shaping an Approach that Works for Your State

A number of states have successfully enacted significant school funding reform, from sweeping changes to funding formulae, to dramatic new strategies and funding streams for school improvement. Is there a playbook that can inform other states? What factors did leaders consider in crafting their policies and advocacy strategies? What can other states learn from places like Illinois, Oregon, Texas and beyond? Hear from several leaders how they tackled these challenges and talk with peers about how these lessons might inform your work.

Moderator
Robin Steans,
Advance Illinois
Speakers
Will Fullerton,
Texas Aspires
Toya Fick,
Stand for Children Oregon
Rebecca Sibilia,
EdBuild

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They Lead the Way: From Student Advocacy to Leadership

More students are seeking opportunities to drive change and partnering with seasoned advocacy leaders to transform education. Leaders will share how advocates can support students to develop the leadership skills necessary to run advocacy campaigns. Participants will explore real-life scenarios that student voice teams have navigated like, “What happens when you bring students into an organization’s advocacy work and they want to pursue different legislative priorities?

Moderator
Daniel Walker,
DelawareCAN
Speakers
Mohan Sivaloganathan,
Students for Education Reform
Walter Blanks,
American Federation for Children
Sadie Bograd,
Prichard Committee Student Voice Team

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Getting Political: c3, c4, & PAC Advocacy

Education advocacy organizations work every day to influence policymakers, and how they do this work depends on many factors, including their legal designation. Learn the basics of c3, c4, and PACs and the strategic opportunities these forms of advocacy bring. Hear from state-level leaders who work beyond c3 to endorse candidates, shape campaigns, and drive voters to the polls.

Moderator
Brienne Bellavita,
Walton Family Foundation
Speakers
Jen Walmer,
Democrats for Education Reform Colorado
Victor Evans,
TennesseeCAN
Sharon Want,
Caplin & Drysdale

Mica Studio

It’s Easy Being Green

Table Talk

How can we advance educational transformation and save the planet at the same time? Learn how easy it can be to understand your organization’s carbon footprint and become a carbon neutral organization while also reducing expenses and creating new ways to engage employees.

Speaker
Shannon Campion,
Stand for Children

Jasper Living Room

Unclogging the Charter School Pipeline

Cool Tool Demo

With new reports and research publishing weekly, it can be difficult to keep up with all the tools available to support charter advocacy work. Leading national policy organizations will share their most intriguing recent work, and participants will dive into a discussion about how to leverage these resources back home.

Speakers
Kristin Forbriger,
National Association of Charter School Authorizers
Travis Pillow,
Center on Reinventing Public Education

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm

Break

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Reception

Topaz Prefunction

6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

Eddies! Dinner & Ceremony

Onyx Ballroom

The Eddies! is an Oscars-style awards ceremony that recognizes leading advocacy work. The night is billed as “one part roast; one part toast.” Join us for a night of hearty laugher and inspiration as we honor exemplar advocacy from the past year.

Fri, September 27

DAY THREE

8:00 am - 9:15 am

Breakfast: 2020 Elections—The Downward Spiral or an Opportunity to Advance?

Onyx Ballroom

The 2020 elections may be a referendum on the current direction of American politics–they will also present reform advocates with a new set of challenges that will play out in statehouses and the White House. Join three leaders from the political and reform worlds as they explore the threats, opportunities, and pivots on the horizon for a wide range of education policy issues.

Moderator
Derrell Bradford,
50CAN
Speakers
Amy Wilkins,
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Shavar Jeffries,
Democrats for Education Reform
Darrell Allison,
American Federation for Children

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Breakout Sessions

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Advocacy: Art or Science?

Working in advocacy is a complex, intense, and ever-evolving endeavor. Some describe it as an art: a subjective craft requiring a unique blend of knowledge, skills, and creativity. Others see it as science: an objective practice guided by data and proven strategies and tactics.  Seasoned advocacy leaders will share their experience and draw from case studies to answer the question: is effective advocacy art or science?

Moderator
Sydney Morris,
Educators for Excellence
Speakers
Marc Magee,
50CAN
Shannon Campion,
Stand for Children
Priscilla Aquino Garza,
Educate Texas
Robert Enlow,
EdChoice

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The Changing State Testing Landscape

Has the national consensus on using testing as a lever to educate students against high standards largely dissolved? Drawing on newly published analyses and the perspectives of state-level reform advocates, examine states’ emerging testing priorities, the strengths and weaknesses of today’s state testing systems, and the prospects for innovative new systems that support both school accountability and quality instruction.

Moderator
Tom Toch,
FutureEd
Speakers
Lynn Olson,
FutureEd
Amanda Aragon,
NewMexicoKidsCAN
Bonnie O'Keefe,
Bellwether Education Partners
Dana Rickman,
Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education

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Strength in Diversity: Recruiting and Supporting Teachers of Color

The impact of and imperative for a more diverse teaching workforce are clear, so what can advocates do to help recruit and retain teachers and leaders of color? What can we learn from existing efforts to attract and train diverse teaching candidates, and how can we continue to support development opportunities once they’re in the classroom? Leading advocates and practitioners will help identify partners and policy levers to ensure that more students enjoy the benefits of excellent, diverse educators.

Moderator
Khalilah Harris,
Center for American Progress
Speakers
Paula White,
Educators for Excellence-New York
Roberto Rodriguez,
Teach Plus
Elisa Villanueva Beard,
Teach for America

Travertine Studio

Messaging for Resource Equity: How to Talk about Tough Stuff

Table Talk

We all know that it’s important to provide educational resources to the students that need it most. But when you talk about “resource equity” do you find that people’s eyes glaze over? Or worse, people automatically think it means taking resources away from their kids? Get hot-off-the-press insights into messaging strategies related to educational resource equity and discuss what research tells us about how to talk about equity in ways that will help catalyze change.

Speaker
Heather Rieman,
The Education Trust

10:30 am - 10:45 am

Break

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Closing Brunch: Where Do We Go From Here?

Onyx Ballroom

What are the most important things advocates can do when they return home to accelerate the pace of change and ensure every student has a future without limits? Let’s ask the students. Join our closing session to hear the voices of the next generation of leaders as they share their education experiences and urge us all to double down on our efforts to transform education.

Moderator
Scott Laband,
Colorado Succeeds
Speakers
Walter Blanks,
American Federation for Children
Sadie Bograd,
Prichard Committee Student Voice Team
Satchel Bellard,
Southern Methodist University
  • How to prepare

REGISTRATION

Network members, partners, and any of their invited guests should reach out to rachel@pie-network.org for details on how to register. 

 

LODGING

The 2019 Summit will be held at the LINE Hotel in Austin, TX. Reserve your hotel room at a discounted rate. The hotel rate for Summit participants will be available until Sept. 10 or 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 rachel@pie-network.org.

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Summit Questions

What time will Summit start and end?

Programming will begin at approximately 1 p.m. CT on September 25 and will end at noon CT on Friday, September 27.

 

Leadership Institute alumni will gather for an invitation-only lunch at noon C.T., prior to the official start of programming.

How do I reserve a discounted hotel room?

You can reserve a discounted hotel room online until Sept. 3 or until rooms sell out.

What is the address of the meeting hotel?

The LINE Hotel is located at 111 East Cesar Chavez in Austin, TX.

 

When does the discounted room rate expire?

The hotel rate for Summit participants will be available until Sept. 10 or rooms sell out.

 

Which meals are provided by the Network during Summit?
  • Light appetizers will be provided at a welcome reception the evening of Sept. 25.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided for registrants and speakers on Sept. 26.
  • Lunch and breakfast will be provided for registrants and speakers on Sept. 27.

 

Note: while PIE Network hosts all onsite meals and meeting fees, participants are responsible for lodging and travel.

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!, 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 2019?

The nomination period for the 2019 Eddies! has closed. Learn more about all of the 2019 nominees here. Interested in learning more about how winners are selected? Read through the 2019 Eddies! Q & A.