Join funders from throughout Massachusetts on November 28 from 8-10:30am for a lively and interactive discussion about the role of private philanthropy in public education reform and the lessons being learned at Lawrence Public Schools, which, this past January, became the first school district placed in receivership by the State. The session will be held at AGM, 55 Court Street, Suite 520, Boston. Tickets are free for AGM members, $35 for non-members.
Keynote, Jeff C. Riley, Superintendent and Receiver, Lawrence Public Schools, will brief grant makers on the plan for Lawrence and the progress made to date.
All eyes are on Mr. Riley and Lawrence and it is expected that the success – or failure – of the receivership will impact the future of school district reform, not only in Massachusetts, but in troubled school systems throughout the country.
A panel of education experts will offer their view of what is happening in Lawrence and its connection to other education trends, past and present.
Beth Anderson, Executive Director, Phoenix Charter Academy
Sheila Balboni, Executive Director, The Community Group
Scott Given, CEO, Unlocking the Potential, Inc.
Presentations will be followed by a facilitated funder discussion lead by AGM member, Dave Welbourn, President and CEO of the Essex County Community Foundation. This important peer-to-peer learning opportunity will provide funders active in Lawrence and other communities to share information about their strategies, concerns and future plans. Featured Funders include:
Lynne Doblin, Executive Director, Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation
Katie Everett, Executive Director, Lynch Foundation
Laura Perille, Executive Director, EdVestors