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District and Charter Early Childhood Ed Lessons from D.C.

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Date(s) - 07/31/2014
4:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Omni Parker House Hotel


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Join us in Boston on Friedman Legacy Day at a free public forum exploring district and charter early childhood education models in our nation’s capital.


This event will feature Abigail Smith, Deputy Mayor for Education in Washington, D.C., and a panel discussion with experts representing diverse points of view, including: Jeanne Allen, The Center for Education Reform; Cynthia Brown, The Center for American Progress; Leo Casey, AFT Shanker Institute; and Gerard Robinson, Former FL and VA state official.

Refreshments will be served.

Abigail Smith was appointed Deputy Mayor for Education in April of 2013. She has spent her entire professional career focused on improving quality, equity, and access in public education. Immediately prior to her appointment as Deputy Mayor, Abigail served as an independent consultant in the field of PK-12 public education, supporting a variety of reform-focused local and national organizations in ensuring high quality education for all students. She previously served as the Chief of Transformation Management for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). Abigail spent 12 years with the Teach for America program, ultimately serving as Vice President of Research and Public Policy for the national organization. She also served as Vice President of National Training and Support and as Executive Director of Teach for America’s Washington, DC site. She began her career as a first grade teacher in Weldon, North Carolina, where she also launched a successful after school reading program. Prior to accepting the role of Deputy Mayor, Abigail was Board Chair for E.L. Haynes Public Charter School. A Ward 1 resident for the last 13 years, Ms. Smith received her bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a master’s degree in education from Harvard University.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP by Monday, July 24th to Brian Patterson at 617-723-2277, ext. 217 or bpatterson@pioneerinst.wpengine.com