Join Us for Our May Conference




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
[email protected]

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.

Conference agenda:

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.