EdLeader Speaker Series



Kara Millonzi of the UNC School of Government explored public school funding flows and flaws during an EdLeaders Speaker Series talk in March, 2017.

There are many factors at play when it comes to helping students SOAR.  To get a handle on the changing variables and dynamics, join us for breakfast, conversation and special events through the  GEA EdLeaders Speaker Series.  

During morning sessions we’ll provide hot coffee, a light breakfast and balanced information.  You provide questions and conversation.  Our special events like Principal for a Day, the Education Summit and the Dinner & Discussion evenings provide opportunities to get inside schools for a behind the scenes experience and time for a deeper dive on issues we’ve highlighted in other sessions.

We are hard at working planning for more in-depth learning opportunities for 2017-18. An updated events calendar will be available in August, 2017.  Watch this space for more information or sign up here to receive our e-blasts.



Thursday.  October. 27, 7:45 am – 9:15 am   A few VERY BIG Issues with Joe Ableideinger and James Ford of the Public School Forum.  We had a packed house to hear Joe and James break down the Top 10 most critical education issues in NC and discuss their groundbreaking work on “Trauma & Learning” and “Equity & Opportunity in Education.”

Thursday.  November 17, 7:45 am – 9:15 am  The Teacher Pipeline with Dr. Anthony Graham, Dean, School of Education, NC A&T.  The # 1 issue facing our school system now is teacher and principal recruitment and retention.    Dr. Graham highlighted troubling trends in teacher retention and unpacked compelling data on how race affects teaching.  He also shed light on how we prepare, recruit and keep talent in our schools in the current environment.

Friday, December 9, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm*  Principal for a Day —  150 guests spent the morning shadowing GCS principals to see how some of our community’s most dynamic leaders juggle a dizzying array of challenges and decisions.  All gathered for lunch a presentation with Dr. Angel Harris of Duke University.  Harris challenged the group to look beyond what is probably and on to what is possible when it comes to understanding the dynamics of race and socio-eonomics on student outcomes.

 January 10, 7:45a – 9:15      Race & Equity:  A Groundwater Approach    Serious work in public education requires direct and informed discussions about race and equity. Despite the snow and ice we had a very engaged group show up to hear Dr. Bay Love shine a light on the hard truth the data illuminates about race across systems.

January 30, 2017  6:00pm – 8:00 pm  Dinner, Data, History & Discussion   The training and presentations on race, equity and education provide a wealth of information and often not enough time for discussion.  This dinner session is designed for those who have already participated in a race training or one of our previous sessions  (with James Ford, Anthony Graham, Angel Harris or Bay Love).   Monica Walker,  GCS Diversity Officer and Dr. Bay Love will be with us, but we won’t be starting from the beginning.  Participants are expected to have some prior knowledge and a desire to dive deeper into historical events and their consequences.

February 17,18, 2017 — Structural Racism Workshop  Community , business and parent leaders participated in a two-day workshop at GEA led by Monica Walker, GCS Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Eric Hines, GCS Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Dr. Bay Love of the Race Equity Institute.  Facilitators walked participants through history, data and discussion to explore and unpack what structural racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone.  The workshop strategically examined how the accumulated impact of racism has resulted in pervasive disproportionality and disparate outcomes for children of color in the educational system.

March 9th, 2017  7:45a-9:15a   Funding Flows & Flaws.   Where does the $700M invested in our schools come from each year?  How do we spend it? What are the restrictions and mandates that flow with the dollars?  Where do we have flexibility?  Are there other dollars that align with the school budget? Kara Millonzi of the UNC School of Government, an economist and attorney, will break things down and shed light on some nuances.

Wednesday, April 5, 8:00a-10:00a* — Inside our Schools — GEA’s Education Summit.   Small groups fan out across the district on one morning to visit GCS schools.  Guests enjoy breakfast and discussion with principals and teachers around a common theme, and then have an opportunity to see the unique assets and challenges in that school.  The new format was unveiled in spring of 2016 and was met with incredibly positive reviews.   We are working on the selection of featured school for the April event.   Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more info:   * start times may vary slightly depending on school

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