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8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

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OPENING CONVERSATIONS – Breaking Through: The Courage to Change

Catalyzing change in our education system from the outside and within.

Welcome Remarks: The Honorable Frederick J. Ryan, Jr.; Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute

Moderator: Ms. Romy Drucker; Deputy Director, K-12 Education, The Walton Family Foundation

Mr. Sal Khan; Founder, The Khan Academy

Moderator: Mr. William Hansen; CEO, Strada Education Network; Former Deputy Secretary of Education

The Honorable Lamar Alexander; U.S. Senate - Tennessee

9:40 AM – 10:30 AM


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PANEL 1 – The Workforce of the Future

Interrogating the issues that prevent the American workforce from thriving.

Introduction: Ms. Janelle Duray; Senior Vice President, Jobs for America’s Graduates

Moderator: Ms. Jane Oates; President, Working Nation


Dr. Virginia Foxx; U.S. House of Representatives - North Carolina

Mr. Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.; President and CEO, Society for Human Resource Management

Mr. Mike Marriner; Co-Founder, Roadtrip Nation

Ms. Mary Snapp; Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Philanthropies

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

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Moderator: Ms. Cheryl Oldham; Vice President of Education Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The Honorable Alexander Acosta; U.S. Secretary of Labor

11:00 AM – 11:50 AM  

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PANEL 2 – Measuring What Counts: Educating the Whole Child

Re-envisioning collaborative competencies children need to succeed.

Introduction: Dr. Lucas Clamp; 2019 NASSP National Principal of the Year — River Bluff High School

Moderator: Ms. Alyson Klein; Education Week


Dr. Linda Darling Hammond; President & CEO, Learning Policy Institute

Dr. Chester E. Finn, Jr.; Distinguished Senior Fellow & President Emeritus, Thomas B. Fordham Institute; Former Assistant Secretary of Education

Mr. Pedro A. Rivera; Secretary of Education, Pennsylvania

Mr. Marc Sternberg; K-12 Education Program Director, The Walton Family Foundation

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Atrium Hall

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Introduction: Mr. Roger Zakheim; Director, The Ronald Reagan Institute

Moderator: Mr. Gerard Robinson; Executive Director, Center for Advancing Opportunity


The Honorable Betsy DeVos; U.S. Secretary of Education

The Honorable Ted Cruz; U.S. Senate - Texas

1:25 PM – 2:15 PM

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PANEL 3 – From P-12: The Challenges of Creating a New School House

Considering competing demands of P-12, while seeking disruptive solutions.

Introduction: The Honorable James Douglas; Former Governor of Vermont

Moderator: Ms. Kim Hefling; POLITICO


Mr. Dale Erquiaga; CEO, Communities in Schools

Dr. Diana Rauner; President, Ounce of Prevention Fund

Ms. Nina Rees; President and CEO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Mr. Trevor Packer; Senior Vice President of AP and Instruction, College Board

The Honorable Howard Stephenson; Utah State Senate

2:25 PM – 3:15 PM

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PANEL 4 – The Higher Education Horizon

Exploring postsecondary access, affordability, attainment, and the non-traditional student.

Introduction: Dr. Jamel Wright; President, Eureka College

Moderator: Ms. Emily Wilkins; Bloomberg


The Honorable Jim Banks; U.S. House of Representatives - Indiana

Ms. Diana Chen; Student, Arizona State University

The Honorable Diane Jones; Principal Deputy Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

Mr. Chok Ooi; Co-Founder and CEO, Kenzie Academy

3:20 PM – 3:50 PM

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Introduction: Dr. Diana Rauner; President, Ounce of Prevention Fund

Moderator: Ms. Melissa Boteach; Vice President for Income Security and Childcare/Early Learning, National Women’s Law Center

The Honorable Patty Murray; U.S. Senate - Washington

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Oceanic and Hemisphere


Oceanic A-B

Civic Education: A National Priority, A State Responsibility

Ms. Kristen Cambell; Executive Director, PACE

Dr. Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg; Director, CIRCLE at Tufts University

Hemisphere A

Career and Workforce – “What Should I Do with My Life?”

Mr. Mike Marriner; Co-Founder, Roadtrip Nation

Hemisphere B

Getting Better: The Next Accountability Wave

Mr. Rick Cruz; Chair, DC Public Charter School Board

Ms. Patricia Levesque; CEO, Foundation for Excellence in Education

Ms. Joanne Weiss; President, Weiss Associates

Meridian C

Advancing Cross-State Conversations (Private Session)

Dr. Javaid Siddiqi; President & CEO, The Hunt Institute

5:05 PM – 6:00 PM

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CLOSING PLENARY – Setting Audacious Goals

President Reagan insisted that “America is too great for small dreams.”  Rising to the challenge ahead with big dreams and clear goals.

Video Introduction: The Honorable Arne Duncan, Former U.S. Secretary of Education

Conversant: The Honorable John B. King, Jr.; President and CEO, The Education Trust, Former U.S. Secretary of Education


The Honorable Jim Hunt; Former Governor of North Carolina

The Honorable Tim Kaine; U.S. Senate - Virginia; Former Governor of Virginia

The Honorable Susana Martinez; Former Governor of New Mexico

Dr. Rod Paige; Former U.S. Secretary of Education