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Awards 2017


Register today, and learn about the grassroots to grass tops community schools movement from leaders in the field. Join us in celebrating our Community Schools Awards for Excellence 2017 winners during the Symposium on June 5, 2017. See how schools, families, and communities, along with district and city leadership, are partnering so students can learn and thrive.

To kick off the Symposium, renowned author, researcher and policy expert, Linda Darling-Hammond, President and CEO of Learning Policy Institute, will deliver the keynote address on the power of the community schools strategy with the release of LPI’s new report. 

Linda Darling-Hammond is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University where she founded the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and served as the faculty sponsor of the Stanford Teacher Education Program, which she helped to redesign.

Darling-Hammond is past president of the American Educational Research Association and recipient of its awards for Distinguished Contributions to Research, Lifetime Achievement, and Research-to-Policy. She is also a member of the American Association of Arts and Sciences and of the National Academy of Education. From 1994–2001, she was executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, whose 1996 report What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future was named one of the most influential reports affecting U.S. education in that decade. In 2006, Darling-Hammond was named one of the nation’s ten most influential people affecting educational policy. In 2008, she served as the leader of President Barack Obama’s education policy transition team.
View some of our other distinguished speakers!

Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFL-CIO), is a supporter of the community schools strategy. She has been an advocate for public education that engages families and communities and is leading efforts to connect a broad array of parent and community partners in collaborating on events across the country that advance a community and education driven agenda.  Learn more
Pedro A. Rivera serves as Pennsylvania Secretary of Education. Under Secretary Rivera's leadership, the School District of Lancaster, PA developed and implemented new curriculum using the community schools strategy. His innovative ideas helped to improve math, science, and writing proficiency scores. Learn more  
Carmen Fariña is the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education. Together with Mayor de Blasio, Chancellor Fariña is responsible for expanding the community school strategy to 215 schools. She also launched the Framework for Great Schools, a holistic research-based approach to school improvement. Learn more 
Richard Buery is the New York City Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives. He is the architect of Pre-K for All in New York City and is also charged with spearheading the implementation of ThriveNYC in an effort to overhaul the city's mental health system. A former president and CEO of the Children's Aid Society, Buery has years of experience supporting community schools. Learn more

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