Nov 06 2015, 9:00 AM EST

Deeper Learning and Equity: Preparing All Students for the 21st Century

On Friday, November 6, 2015, in Washington, DC, the Learning Policy Institute and Jobs for the Future held a timely discussion of how U.S. schools can provide a more equitable and empowering education for all young people. The event featured a discussion of two reports recently released by Jobs for the Future:

In addition to reviewing key research findings and recommendations, speakers and respondents discussed the most effective ways for policymakers to advance excellence and equity across the educational system.

Speakers and Panelists

  • Linda Darling-Hammond, President and CEO, Learning Policy Institute, Charles E. Ducommun Professor Emeritus at Stanford University
  • Patricia Gándara, Research Professor of Education and Co-director of the Civil Rights Project, UCLA, with Rita Pin Aherns, Director of Education Policy, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center
  • Rafael Heller, Principal Policy Analyst, Jobs for the Future
  • Lara Evangelista, Principal, The Flushing International High School
  • Janel George, Senior Education Policy Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • Wade Henderson, President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund
  • Stan Litow, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs, IBM; President, IBM International Foundation
  • Michael Petrilli, President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
  • Sarah Sparks, Research Reporter, Education Week (moderator)

Video Recordings


The views, thoughts and opinions expressed in this video belong solely to the speakers, and do not necessarily reflect the perspective of the Learning Policy Institute.

Photo: Flickr (Pasco County Schools)