We invite you to join us on Thursday, April 1 for our second annual Stakeholders Convening. We’ll share an interactive digital event highlighting our path forward over the next five years, stories of impact to date, and ways to engage in advancing the vision of Atlanta as a place where every student receives a great K-12 public education.
redefinED has devoted the last five years to increasing equity, supporting community-driven change, and expanding educational opportunities across Atlanta.
Today’s global pandemic has significantly impacted public education. Though COVID-19 worsened inequities, we have an opportunity to reimagine education so that every student in every community attends a great school and reaches their full potential.
This year’s Stakeholders Convening will also feature discussion groups with community and district partners. To maximize your experience, please plan to be with us for the entire event. Learn more about our breakout discussion groups below.
What is a Great School, Anyway? A School Data Tool Preview Conversation
CLINTISHA FLEMMING, BENTEEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PARENT; WINIFRED CORNELL, JACKSON HIGH SCHOOL PARENT; ANGIRA SCEUSI, REDEFINED ATLANTA; AYANA GABRIEL REDEFINED ATLANTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
There are so many different ways that parents, stakeholders, and the community look at schools. While no tool or metric will ever capture the full breadth and complexity of what makes a great school, redefinED is collaborating with parent stakeholders to build a school framework that makes it easier to understand how a school serves all students. We will share why we are creating this tool, what it is and what it is not, and how we (redefinED and parent advocacy groups) plan to use it to evaluate and further our work.
Advancing Community Power & Influence
KIM DUKES, ATLANTA THRIVE; RICARDO MARTINEZ, LATINO ASSOCIATION FOR PARENTS OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS (LAPPS); ADAH PITTMAN-DELANCEY, REDEFINED ATLANTA
What happens when parents mobilize together for their children? The promise of parent empowerment is exciting, and we’re thrilled to introduce you to local leaders driving this work on the ground. Delve deeper into the journey of two-parent lead education advocacy groups advocating for educational equity. Hear more about their journey of understanding their community’s unique needs, developing parent voice, and how they are propelling policy change in Atlanta.
Exploration of Reimagining Schools & Systems Across the U.S.
BRETT ALESSI & TORI VASQUEZ, EMPOWERING SCHOOLS; RYAN SCHETELICK & ROLANDRIA JUSTICE, IMPROVING SCHOOLS; ED CHANG, REDEFINED ATLANTA
Explore how other districts and organizations have reimagined how education can serve communities and Black and brown children differently. Who is thinking outside the box? What has shown evidence of positive challenges to traditional practices? And how are educators, school leaders, and school systems dreaming bigger?
redefinED Equity Footprint & REI Journey
STACI LYNCH, REDEFINED ATLANTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS; GERI THOMAS, REDEFINED ATLANTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS; MARY-KATE STARKEL, REDEFINED ATLANTA
redefinED atlanta sits at the intersection of philanthropy and education, sectors experiencing immense cultural shifts amidst calls for greater equity and inclusion. Our journey toward an equity-centered model of policy, practice, and philanthropy addresses both internal philosophies and practices AND how we intend to partner with and follow the Community’s lead toward achieving K-12 public school equity for Atlanta. Join us for an overview of what we’ve learned so far and what we hope to be.
Talent Talk: Impact of the APS & Relay Graduate School of Education Partnership
SKYE DUCKETT, CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER, ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS; CHRISTY HARRIS, DEAN, RELAY ATLANTA; LITA PARDI, REDEFINED ATLANTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Atlanta Public Schools (APS) has been challenged in the recent past by large teacher hiring gaps. Learn the history of how the APS and Relay Graduate School of Education partnership came to be, how the organizations have supported each other through growth and program improvements, and the Relay Atlanta impact on the teacher and leader pipeline and development within APS. You’ll also get to hear directly from a current APS Relay teaching resident.
Running a School in a Pandemic: Reflections on Flexibility & Autonomy at the School Level
ALAINA CHIPMAN LEEKS, FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ATLANTA UNBOUND ACADEMY; DR. DIONE SIMONE, PRINCIPAL, HARPER ARCHER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL; HUNTER PIERSON, REDEFINED ATLANTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Participate in a discussion led by two highly effective school leaders eager to share the challenges and triumphs of running and opening schools in a global pandemic. You’ll have an opportunity to explore how they utilized their flexibility and autonomy to pivot and address their communities’ specific needs and what’s ahead in 2021 and beyond.
We look forward to your attendance and participation.