Ed Challenge For Change


(Still tentative)

Sunday, August 24th from 3:00 – 6:00 pm


Denver Art Museum


100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204


Sharp Auditorium and Main Lobby



2:30 – 3:15 Sign-in (Sharp Auditorium)


3:15 – 3:18 Opening remarks by Colorado Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien


3:18 – 3:25 Joe Williams and Federico Pena kick off event



3:25 – 4:15 Panel 1: “Introducing the Challenge” (Sharp Auditorium)



This panel begins with the premise that we’ve got a major problem on our hands – one which is shamefully not being addressed by most high-level politicians – and looks at what it is REALLY going to take to fundamentally transform systems of education so that the needs of children trump the interests of “the system.”




Moderated by: John Merrow, PBS



Joel Klein, NYC Chancellor


Former Gov. Roy Romer, Ed in 08


Adrian Fenty, DC Mayor


Peter Groff, Colorado Senate Pres.


Cory Booker, Newark Mayor


*** Note: Press availability to follow this session



4:15 – 5:00 Panel 2 (Sharp Auditorium): The Faces of Change



Moderated by: Jonathan Alter, Newsweek



Michelle Rhee, DC Chancellor


Michael Bennet, Denver Public Schools


Larry Rosenstock, High Tech High (San Diego)


John King, Uncommon Schools


Don Shalvey, Aspire Public Schools



4:15 – 5:00 Panel 3 (Schlessman Hall): Standing up for the little guys: Why Democrats need to support a “change” agenda for education



Moderated by: Andrew Rotherham, Education Sector



Dianne Piche, Citizens Commission on Civil Rights


Rev. Al Sharpton, Education Equality Project


Delia Pompa, National Council of LaRaza


Amy Wilkins, Education Trust


Jennifer Gonzalez, Parent Organizer with Metro Organizations for People




5:00 – 5:15 Questions and Answers



5:15 – 6:00 Reception (Main lobby)



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