This conference is intended to increase the understanding of, and involvement in, school reform issues among the clergy in Memphis and Shelby County, as well as others actively engaged in issues affecting the public schools. It is sponsored by Shepherding the Next Generation – Shelby County.
In addition to some informal time to share insights and perspectives, the conference will feature a panel discussion of local leaders in educational reform issues, as well as luncheon presentation by a national education leader active in the religious community.
Thanks to the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the generosity of Victory University, there is no charge to attend this conference.
When: Tuesday, May 7, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Victory University
255 N. Highland
Memphis, TN 38111
Contact: Rev. Brandon Walker, (901) 417-7560
The conference will explore issues facing the unified Shelby County School District, with a focus on improving teaching effectiveness, the role of the faith community in supporting education reform, and state trends in education.
10:00am – 10:20am Coffee and informal discussion
10:20 am – 10:30 am Invocation
David Jordan, Executive Director, Agape Child & Family Services
Welcome from Victory University
Dr. Darryl Tukufu, Associate Professor, Urban Studies and Sociology
Welcome from Shepherding the Next Generation
Rev. Brandon Walker, Project Director, Shepherding the Next Generation—Shelby County
10:30am – 12:00pm Panel discussion
Tequilla Banks, TNTP
Kenya Bradshaw, Tennessee State Director, Stand for Children
Allyson Chick, Tennessee Teacher of the Year
Jamie Woodson, President, Tennessee’s State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE)
Moderated by Josh Edelman, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
12:15pm – 1:45pm Lunch
Introduction by Dr. Rick Wood, Crestview Christian Church; and Rev. Tom Pearce, National Director, Shepherding the Next Generation
Speaker: Nicole Baker Fulgham, President and Founder, The Expectations Project
1:45 p.m. – 2:00pm Benediction
Dr. Christopher Davis, Senior Pastor, Saint Paul Baptist Church
Following the conference, Nicole will be available to sign copies of her book, Educating All God’s Children: What Christians Can – and Should – Do to Improve Public Education for Low-Income Kids.
Registration is now closed. For more information, please contact Rev. Walker.