Feb 28 2019, 8:15 AM EST

Bridging the Divide: School Integration Designs

Thursday, February 28, 2019
8:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Carnegie Endowment Conference Center, Root Room
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Registration will open at 8:15 a.m. and the program will begin at 8:45 a.m.
A light breakfast will be provided.


Our nation is struggling with a serious and deepening racial divide that we must bridge to preserve our democracy. We seem to be moving further away from, rather than toward the promise outlined in the seminal case of Brown v. Board of Education: to ensure that all children, regardless of race or ethnicity, have access to quality educational opportunities. On February 28th, please join us for a forum that will examine where we stand today with regard to realizing educational equity. This forum will feature experts who will share lessons learned from efforts to fulfill Brown’s promise. Experts will also analyze approaches being taken to ensure that school system design helps prepare students to be effective participants in our diverse democracy.

The forum will feature the release of a new Learning Policy Institute report, The Federal Role and School Integration: Brown’s Promises and Present Challenges. The report highlights the significance and history of the federal role in promoting diversity in k-12 public schools.

Participants will identify policy levers and best practices for advancing diverse learning environments.


  • Donna Bivens, Education Coordinator, Boston Busing/Desegregation Project, Union of Minority Neighborhoods
  • John Brittain, Professor and Acting Dean, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law
  • Mohammed Choudhury, Chief Innovation Officer, San Antonio Independent School District
  • Linda Darling-Hammond, President, Learning Policy Institute
  • Nicole Dooley, Policy Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
  • Christopher Edley Jr., Co-Founder and President, The Opportunity Institute
  • Judith Johnson, Member, New York State Education Department Board of Regents
  • Richard D. Kahlenberg, Director of K-12 Equity and Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation
  • John B. King, Jr., CEO and President, The Education Trust; former U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Senator Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut), Member, Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee
  • Gary Orfield, Professor, University of California, Los Angeles; Co-Director, Civil Rights Project
  • Congressman Robert "Bobby" C. Scott (D-Virginia), Chair, Committee on Education and Labor
  • Patrick M. Shields, Executive Director, Learning Policy Institute
  • Amy Stuart Wells, Professor of Sociology and Education, Columbia University Teachers College

Seating is limited. Please RSVP by Tuesday, February 26, 2019.
Questions? Please contact events@learningpolicyinstitute.org.