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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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Ashley Heard

New Schools for Baton Rouge
Director, Strategy & Innovation
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 Schools as an Education Pioneer Fellow. Most recently, she served as a Charter Growth Manager at the Illinois Network of Charter Schools where she helped teams plan charter schools for their communities. Ashley earned her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt, her masters degree in special education from American University, and her law degree from Loyola University Chicago.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, April 14



My Moderators Sessions

Thursday, April 14