The Center for Public Research and Leadership and several student groups welcome Louisiana Schools Superintendent John White, one of the nation’s most innovative school leaders, to discuss recent US educational successes and the long road ahead.
Increasingly, efforts to improve public schooling are coming from inside the system. Once viewed as a source of education’s problems, state education departments, districts, and other public organizations are now leading the charge for change. Louisiana State Superintendent of Education John White provides a model of state leadership. Superintendent White will reflect on some of his state’s successes and outline areas for continued improvement. Guests will have the chance to ask questions and discuss the state’s role in improving education.
The event provides a chance to hear from one of the most influential state leaders in education. In 2012, Superintendent White launched Louisiana Believes, a statewide plan to ensure all students are prepared for college or professional careers. He also has led the broadest statewide effort in the US to expand pre-K access to all children. Under his leadership, Louisiana students’ performance on Advanced Placement exams, high school graduation rates, and college entry have all improved.
About the Speaker
After leading the recovery of schools in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, John White was named Louisiana’s State Superintendent in 2012. He previously served as Deputy Schools Chancellor for the New York City Department of Education, Teach for America’s executive director for New Jersey, and a high school teacher in that state.
About the Sponsors
The Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL), is a partnership of professional schools that immerses students in the study and practice of transformational change in public education and prepares them for leadership positions in organizations committed to improving the life chances of all children. The program brings together graduate students in business, education, law, policy, and other fields from Columbia and a dozen universities nationwide to spend an intensive semester studying transformative institutional change, practicing inter-disiciplinary problem-solving in teams, and engaging in consulting projects serving public sector organizations nationwide. The CPRL experience combines academic and experiential learning to develop professionals better equipped to tackle complex, social problems.
This event is free and open to the Columbia and wider community.
Date and Time: Wednesday, October 5 at 12:10pm to 1:30pm
RSVP: Tatyana Gourov, Assistant Director, CPRL, firstname.lastname@example.org