2009 Fall Leadership for Learning Series


James Kelly

Photo of James KellyWhen: October 7, 2009 at 4:30pm
Where: Dover Downs Hotel and Conference Center, Dover

Mr. James Kelly is co-director of Strategic Management of Human Capital in Public Education, a major initiative of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education; this multi-year, national project began in January, 2008 with significant funding from the Carnegie and Gates Foundations, among others. It is designed to achieve dramatic improvement in the organizational performance and student achievement levels in urban public school districts in the United States.

He is a senior advisor to education organizations, government agencies, foundations and corporations. From 1999 through 2006, he served as senior education advisor at the Asia Society where from 1999-2001, he was vice chair of the Society’s National Commission on Asia in the Schools. He was senior advisor at the Hunt Institute for Public Policy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill from 2003-2006. From 2000 through 2006, he was a member of the Board of Overseers of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, and was a member of the executive board of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education. He served for three years on the National Advisory Board of the Center for Proficiency in the Teaching of Mathematics, a project funded by the National Science Foundation. From 2000-2002, he was a senior advisor at the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, assisting in development of its Strategic Education Research Plan. In 2000 and 2001 he advised Standard & Poors regarding their efforts to establish state data systems for education. From 2001-2005 he was a senior advisor at the Atlantic Philanthropies. For 18 years, from 1985 until 2003, he served on the board of directors of the Institute for Educational Leadership. As a consultant to the World Bank in 2000 and 2001, Mr. Kelly served as an advisor on educational projects in Romania and Thailand that resulted in major changes in the education systems in those countries.

Dr. Beverly Hall

Photo of Beverly HallWhen: November 18, 2009 at 5:00pm
Where: The Outlook at the Duncan Center, Dover, DE

Read Dr. Hall’s speech entitled, "A Marathon, Not a Sprint: Ten Years of Reform and Growth in Atlanta Public Schools"

When Dr. Beverly L. Hall became the 15th appointed superintendent of the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) on July 1, 1999, she promised to transform the district into a world-class school system, using nationally proven reform models, facility upgrades and business-operations redesign. Under her leadership, standardized test scores have risen, aging facilities have been renovated and a new blueprint for business operations is being implemented. The district’s vision is that APS will be one of the nation’s highest performing urban school systems, where 90 percent of its ninth-graders graduate from high school in four years ready for success in college or career.

Dr. Hall chairs Harvard University’s Urban Superintendents Program Advisory Board, mentoring participants in the doctoral program, and she serves on the newly created International Benchmarking Advisory, which works to ensure that all American students receive a world-class education. Dr. Hall also serves on the board of the U.S. Department of Education Urban Education Research Task Force. Moreover, as a member of the Teaching Commission, she helped develop policy recommendations to address the teaching crisis in America. In June 2009, Dr. Hall was elected for a one-year term as secretary-treasurer of the Council of the Great City Schools, a coalition of 67 of the nation’s largest urban public school systems.

A nationally recognized educator, Dr. Hall frequently speaks to local, statewide and national organizations about the importance of improving public education, particularly in urban areas. She has presented to many prominent groups, including the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor, the Aspen Institute’s National Education Summit, the Central Atlanta Progress Board, Concerned Black Clergy, the Buckhead Coalition, the Friendship Baptist Church Forum, The Conference Board’s Business/Education Council, the National Summit on America’s Silent Epidemic, and 100 Black Men of Atlanta.

Dr. John DeFlaminis

Photo of John DeFlaminisWhen:December 2, 2009 from 4:30 – 6:30
Where:Dover Downs Hotel and Conference Center, Silver Lake Room

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Dr. DeFlaminis is the Executive Director of the Penn Center for Educational Leadership (PCEL) which is the University of Pennsylvania’s outreach, technical assistance and training and development center for the Penn Graduate School of Education. In 2005, PCEL was awarded a four-year Annenberg grant which focuses on distributed leadership.

Dr. DeFlaminis shared findings and implications from four years of distributed leadership in practice in Pennsylvania’s public schools.

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