I received an invitation to attend a conference at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Since I can’t be there, I am hoping someone who reads this blog will attend and report back to us on what you learned.


The keynote speaker is Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee, whose state was one of the first to receive Race to the Top funding. Tennessee created the Achievement School District, which clustered low-performing schools into a virtual district and gave each of them to a charter operator. Vanderbilt researchers reviewed the data and found no significant gains in the ASD. Nada. Tennessee has been a hotbed of corporate reform over the past five years. On the 2015 NAEP, Tennessee had flat scores compared to 2013; no gains in reading or math (though if you google the results, you will see that the Tennessee government and StudentsFirst put out deceptive claims about Tennessee’s unimpressive performance in 2015). Tennessee scores at the national average in both reading and math. What secrets will Governor Haslam impart to the Harvard audience? Or will he pretend that the state made big gains in 2015, as it did in 2013? Academic expert Campbell Brown will moderate the two panels.




You were recently invited to the By All Means convening on Tuesday, May 17th. We would love to have you join us.


By All Means is a bold undertaking to address the iron-clad correlation between a child’s socio-economic status and his or her prospects for educational achievement and life success. BAM utilizes two key strategies: deep fieldwork in a select number of cities and a series of national convenings at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Through our partnerships with six cities (Oakland, CA, Louisville, KY, Providence, RI, Somerville, MA, Salem, MA and Newton, MA), we will implement improved, integrated systems of child development and education that focus on personalization, braiding health and human services with schools, and access to high-quality out-of-school learning opportunities.


The upcoming convening, titled Poverty Matters: Making the Case for a System Overhaul will take place on the campus of the Harvard Graduate School of Education on May 17. The day will include introductory remarks from Harvard President Drew Faust, a morning keynote address by former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, a panel conversation with city mayors and a lunch keynote address by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. Additionally, other sessions will feature nationally recognized leaders in the field. Please see the agenda below for more details.

Additional logistical details can also be found below along with a link to the registration site.

Thanks for taking the time from your busy schedule to consider this event. We sincerely hope you can join us on May 17th!


RSVP Here. 



Poverty Matters: Making the Case for a System Overhaul
Tuesday, May 17th


Registration and Coffee (8:30a.m.-9:15a.m.)

Welcome Remarks (Askwith Hall)
Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean James Ryan

Opening Address (Askwith Hall)
Introductory Remarks – Harvard University President Drew Faust
Opening Keynote Remarks – Hon. Deval Patrick, former Massachusetts Governor

Demography and Destiny (Askwith Hall)
Paul Reville, Professor – Harvard Graduate School of Education & Founder – Education Redesign Lab


Panel of By All Means Consortium City Mayors (Askwith Hall)
Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Mayor Kimberly Driscoll, Mayor Jorge Elorza,
Mayor Greg Fischer, Mayor Libby Schaaf, & Mayor Setti Warren

Moderator: Campbell Brown, Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, The 74


Lunchtime Keynote Speaker (Radcliffe Institute)
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam


Can schools alone overcome the challenges of poverty? (Askwith Hall)

Moderator: Campbell Brown, Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, The 74
Panelists: Roland Fryer, Henry Lee Professor of Economics – Harvard University,
Richard Barth, CEO – KIPP Foundation, Dr. Pam Cantor, CEO – Turnaround for Children

Best Investments to Ensure Student Success (Askwith Hall)
Panelists: Nicholas Donohue, President and CEO – Nellie Mae Foundation,
Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey, President – Say Yes to Education, along with other invited panelists

Closing (Askwith Hall)
Paul Reville, Professor – Harvard Graduate School of Education & Founder – Education Redesign Lab

Paul Reville
Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of
Educational Policy and Administration
Director, Education Redesign Lab
Harvard Graduate School of Education