United States Senator Elizabeth Warren outlines her views on federal education policy in Clark University's sixth annual Gurel Lecture. As a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Senator Warren played an influential role in the passage of the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act.
After Senator Warren's keynote remarks, a panel of leading education experts share their perspectives on the range of skills students will need to thrive in the future, and their views on how the new federal law positions urban communities to provide the deeper learning experiences-in the classroom and beyond-that their students will need to gain a full complement of these 21st century skills.
- Nick Donohue, President and CEO, Nellie Mae Education Foundation
- Dr. Ronald Ferguson, Kennedy School of Government and Director of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University
- Dr. Dianne Kelly, Superintendent, Revere Public Schools
- Gene Wilhoit, Executive Director, National Center for Innovation in Education
- Dr. Katerine Bielaczyc, Director of the Hiatt Center for Urban Education and Associate Professor of Education, Clark University
(Photo: Flickr/Ben Wikler, image cropped)
BIO: Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren Warren is the junior U.S. Senator for Massachusetts. She made her life's work the fight for middle class families and became an expert on bankruptcy and an outspoken critic of consumer lenders. She is widely credited for the original thinking, political courage, and relentless persistence that led to the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Warren spent nearly 20 years as a professor of law at Harvard University, She is the author of several books including, The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke.
BIO: Nicholas C. Donohue
Nicholas C. "Nick" Donohue is the President and CEO of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, where he leads efforts to reshape New England's public education systems to be more equitable and more effective for all learners. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2006, Donohue was a Special Master at Hope High School in Providence, where he oversaw implementation of the Rhode Island Commissioner of Education’s Order to reconstitute the school; he has also been Commissioner of Education in New Hampshire.
As a sought after thought leader in education transformation, Donohue has worked tirelessly to promote equitable learning opportunities and close the achievement gap. Throughout his career Nick has championed innovative approaches to expanding access to high quality learning opportunities for all learners, especially for those who are underserved. His leadership in education reform challenges traditional notions of schooling to respond to our changing world and prepare all learners to contribute to a thriving democracy.
In 2015, Donohue was named as one of the "50 People Shaping the Future of K-12 Education" by Getting Smart, a mission-driven organization and online community focused on accelerating and amplifying innovations in teaching and learning. Additionally, he serves on the Boards of Directors for the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and Grantmakers for Education (GFE).
Donohue holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE).
BIO: Ronald Ferguson
Ronald Ferguson is faculty director of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University. His book, Toward Excellence with Equity, advocates for a social movement focused both on raising achievement and narrowing gaps. Ferguson is also a contributor to the Waldfogel volume and will present findings from the Achievement Gap Initiative Conference report of June 2008.
BIO: Dianne Kelly
Dr. Dianne Kelly is the Superintendent of Revere Public Schools in Revere, MA.
BIO: Gene Wilhoit
Gene Wilhoit is the Executive Director of the National Center for Innovation in Education at the University of Kentucky. He has led the Council of Chief State School Officers and National Association of State Boards of Education in Washington, D.C., and served as a state education commissioner in both Arkansas and Kentucky. Wilhoit is a well-recognized voice for high expectations, responsive accountability systems, and innovation in student learning experiences and outcomes. He began his career as a teacher, and his work continues to focus on the inspiration and empowerment gained from new knowledge and skills.
BIO: Katerine Bielaczyc
Katerine Bielaczyc is the Director of the Hiatt Center for Urban Education and an Associate Professor of Education at Clark University. Before joining the faculty at Clark in 2012, she was Deputy Head of the Learning Services Lab at the National Institute of Education in Singapore, Assistant Professor at Harvard University jointly in Teacher Education and Technology in Education, a Senior Scientist at Bolt, Beranek, and Newman, and Director of the Learning Communities Research Group at Boston College. She has also collaborated on educational projects in Europe and South America.
Dr. Bielaczyc's research involves collaborating with students, teachers, and school communities to investigate new approaches to teaching and learning. Her work focuses on developing both technological and social infrastructures to support participants in working together as a knowledge building community to create knowledge regarding personal, pedagogical, and systemic transformation.