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New Schools for Baton Rouge’s third Education Ecosystem Summit is an opportunity for the Baton Rouge community to join together on behalf of our city’s children. Together–parents, community leaders, and heads of nonprofits and local businesses–will articulate a vision for Baton Rouge education, celebrate the progress made, and recommit to the work ongoing. We will collaborate around solutions to priority challenges in the short term and surface challenges to solve for over the long term. By coming together, we ensure that the solutions we put in place now and in the future are responsive to the needs of students and families.
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Thursday, April 14
 

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Welcome & Opening Plenary Session
Speakers
avatar for Chris Meyer

Chris Meyer

CEO, New Schools for Baton Rouge
A Louisiana native, Chris is an educator who has been involved in local reform efforts in instrumental ways. Chris led the Recovery School District’s Office of Portfolio and served as Special Advisor to State Superintendent Paul Pastorek, where he pioneered efforts to turn around underperforming schools and shaped the legislative and regulatory framework to enable school transformation and charter school expansion. Chris began his career in... Read More →


2:00pm

Facilities: The plan, status, and strategy
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Brenna Benson

Brenna Benson

Strategy, New Schools for Baton Rouge
Brenna began her career in education working for Teach for America in New Orleans. Soon after, Brenna worked as the Director of Data and Analytics for KIPP New Orleans Schools. She also works as an independent consultant, helping shape portfolio strategies for major urban school districts on the East Coast. Brenna previously worked at McKinsey & Company as a business analyst, specializing in operations. | | Brenna received her... Read More →


2:00pm

Parent Choice: The plan, status, and strategy
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Bing Howell

Bing Howell

Vice President, School Growth Strategy, New Schools for Baton Rouge
Bing started his career in education at Bryanston Square (London, UK) where he supported numerous schools and local authorities in creating transformational learning environments. Upon returning to the United States, Bing led the development and civic engagement work at Citizen Schools New Jersey where he eventually became the Interim Executive Director. Bing joined the Broad Residency in 2011 where he built and managed the New Jersey... Read More →


2:00pm

Talent: The plan, status, and strategy
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Heard

Ashley Heard

Director, Strategy & Innovation, New Schools for Baton Rouge
Ashley started her career as a high school special education teacher in Washington, DC. After teaching, Ashley joined the staff of Teach For America, first managing the logistics of one of the organization’s summer teacher training programs then working as a program director charged with supporting secondary special education teachers. In 2011, Ashley moved to Chicago to attend law school. During law school she worked with Chicago Public... Read More →


3:15pm

How do we diversify and localize our talent pipeline?
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
avatar for Ashley Heard

Ashley Heard

Director, Strategy & Innovation, New Schools for Baton Rouge
Ashley started her career as a high school special education teacher in Washington, DC. After teaching, Ashley joined the staff of Teach For America, first managing the logistics of one of the organization’s summer teacher training programs then working as a program director charged with supporting secondary special education teachers. In 2011, Ashley moved to Chicago to attend law school. During law school she worked with Chicago Public... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Cross

Jennifer Cross

Founding Dean, Relay New Orleans, Relay Graduate School of Education
As founding dean of Relay New Orleans, Jennifer Cross oversees all aspects of our teacher training in New Orleans. Cross, a Chicago native and alumna of Chicago Public Schools, has taught in several states and worked with Teach For America and TNTP to train and support teachers. Before joining Relay, she served as the principal of West Gary Lighthouse College Prep Academy in Gary, Indiana. Cross earned an... Read More →
avatar for Ryann Denham Sanchez

Ryann Denham Sanchez

Executive Director, City Year Baton Rouge
Ryann Denham Sanchez is the Executive Director of City Year Baton Rouge, leading the organization through its strategic growth plan with the goal of providing more tutors and mentors to the students of Baton Rouge who are struggling to get back on track to high school graduation.  A native of Gonzales, Louisiana, Ryann served as Development Director at City Year Baton Rouge where she worked to advance the site’s fundraising... Read More →
avatar for Laura Vinsant

Laura Vinsant

Executive Director, Teach For America
Laura Vinsant is a graduate of Louisiana State University. She was drawn to Teach For America’s mission after working first-hand with elementary students as a tutor. Laura began her career with Teach For America as a 2007 South Louisiana corps member and taught second and third grade in Baton Rouge. She now leads the South Louisiana region and is committed to ensuring every student in South Louisiana has access to excellent educational... Read More →


3:15pm

What do parents prioritize and look for when choosing a school?
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Gwen Hamilton

Gwen Hamilton

Community Affairs, New Schools for Baton Rouge
Gwen has a long and deep commitment of service to the Baton Rouge community and connects with this work in a personal way as a graduate of Capitol High School. Prior to joining NSBR, Gwen served as Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for the Mayor–President of Baton Rouge, Parish of East Baton Rouge. She was responsible for the management and administration of the Department of Human Development Services, the Office of Community... Read More →


3:15pm

What does an excellent portfolio city master facilities plan look like?
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
avatar for Brenna Benson

Brenna Benson

Strategy, New Schools for Baton Rouge
Brenna began her career in education working for Teach for America in New Orleans. Soon after, Brenna worked as the Director of Data and Analytics for KIPP New Orleans Schools. She also works as an independent consultant, helping shape portfolio strategies for major urban school districts on the East Coast. Brenna previously worked at McKinsey & Company as a business analyst, specializing in operations. | | Brenna received her... Read More →

Speakers
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Patrick Dobard

Superintendent, Recovery School District
avatar for Adam Hawf

Adam Hawf

Chief Growth Officer, Collegiate Academies
As Chief Growth Officer for Collegiate Academies, Adam works to ensure that Collegiate Academies expands to serve more students, families, and communities without sacrificing quality or sustainability. Adam studied English Literature and European History at Tulane University from which he graduated summa cum laude. Previously, Adam served as Assistant Superintendent, Portfolio at the Louisiana Department of Education and Deputy Superintendent... Read More →
avatar for Chris Meyer

Chris Meyer

CEO, New Schools for Baton Rouge
A Louisiana native, Chris is an educator who has been involved in local reform efforts in instrumental ways. Chris led the Recovery School District’s Office of Portfolio and served as Special Advisor to State Superintendent Paul Pastorek, where he pioneered efforts to turn around underperforming schools and shaped the legislative and regulatory framework to enable school transformation and charter school expansion. Chris began his career in... Read More →


4:30pm