The Roundtable in 2021

2021 Annual Meetings

While awaiting distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations, the Roundtable is replacing the first of its two semi-annual meetings with regular Zoom meetings with speakers known nationally and internationally. Its second meeting will be in person and is scheduled for November in Atlanta, Georgia.


Current scheduled webinars

January 21 • Joshua Starr
Starr, current CEO of PDK international and a former superintendent in Connecticut and Maryland, will brief us on PDK’s regular annual poll on “Public Perceptions of Public Schools.”

February 9 • Erin Jones
Identified by the White House as a “Champion of Change,” Jones earned more than one million votes in a statewide election to become Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction. A powerful speaker, she will address “Building Interracial Bridges.”

March 25 • Rucker C. Johnson
Money Matters
Johnson is the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and a faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He will brief us on emerging research demonstrating that additional targeted funding combined with local flexibility provides dramatic evidence of closing the achievement gap.

April 7 • Daniel T. Willingham
What Good is Education if People Ignore Facts?
Willingham is a psychologist at the University of Virginia where his research focuses on applying the findings of cognitive psychology and neuroscience to K–12 education.

May • Julian Vasquez Heilig
What’s Next in Education Policy
Heilig is the Dean and Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation at the University of Kentucky College of Education. His impressive research background includes examinations of high-stakes testing and accountability-based reforms and their impact on students of color.

In-person • Education for Democracy

November 12-14 • Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, Atlanta

A discussion with leading figures such as Norman Ornstein (American Enterprise Institute) and Joel Westheimer (University of Ottawa) about the state of civic education in the United States and how to improve education for democracy.  (Replica of Oval Office in Carter Library Museum at right.)

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