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September 24, 2012, Cannon Caucus Room, Washington, DC


On September 24th, 2012, many of our top educators, policymakers, and researchers will join us in the historic Cannon Caucus Room on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to talk about the Future of Public Education in America. With the new Teachers College Press book: "Finding Superman: Debating the Future of Public Education in America," as a backdrop, the book's authors will enter a dialogue about how we build a better foundation of learning for all students, especially those who are historically underserved by our school systems.

Speakers include:



12:00 PM


1:00 PM

WELCOME, Watson Scott Swail, President & CEO, Educational Policy Institute

Special Presentation to The Honorable Chaka Fattah by Pranav Kothari, EPI Board Member

1:30 PM 

GUEST SPEAKER: Marc Tucker, President & CEO, National Center for Education and the Economy (NCEE); Kimberly Landis, Vice President, Educational Policy Institute (introduction)

2:15 PM

PANEL I, Dan Domenech, President, American Association of School Administrators, Alexandria, VA; Peter Smith, Senior Vice President, Kaplan Higher Education, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Betsy Brand, Director, American Youth Policy Forum, Washington, DC (moderator)

3:15 PM

Coffee Break

3:30 PM

PANEL III, Ben Levin, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Education Leadership and Policy, University of Toronto; Watson Scott Swail, President & CEO, Educational Policy Institute; Michael Feuer, Dean, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, The George Washington University (moderator)

4:30 PM

DISCUSSANT PANEL, Virginia Edwards, Editor, Education Week, Bethesda, MD; Stephen Trachtenberg, President Emeritus and University Professor of Public Service, The George Washington University, Washington, DC; Carrie Besnette Hauser, Senior Fellow, The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO (moderator)

5:00 PM

Educational Policy Institute 10th Anniversary Reception & Book Signing, Jay Goff, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO


This agenda will continue to evolve as additional speakers are added and confirmed. The event will begin promptly at 1pm and continue until 5pm, followed by a special cocktail reception celebrating 10 years of the Educational Policy Institute and a book signing for FINDING SUPERMAN.


Registration for this EPI event is FREE. The first 50 registrants will receive a copy of The Teachers College Press book, Finding Superman: Debating the Future of Public Education in America. Additional copies will be available for purchase ($15). The authors will be available for signing.



Sponsorship is available for this event. Please contact Kimberly Landis at (440) 994-9283 or to see how your organization can get involved in this year's National Capitol Summit.



The Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill has reserved a room block for this event with a nightly rate of $219. Please call (202) 737-1234 to book your room.

To receive this discount, phone 1-888-421-1442 and use "Educational Policy Institute." Or CLICK HERE and register online.

Other hotels in the vicinity include: The Liaison Capitol Hill, Washington Court Hotel, The Hotel George (Kimpton), Phoenix Park Hotel, Residence Inn Capitol Hill, and the Holiday Inn Washington - Capitol.



Teachers College Press, the New York City publisher of education books, is releasing "Finding Superman: Debating the Future of Public Education in America, this June 2012. The book, edited and co-written by EPI's Watson Scott Swail, features some of the most prominent educational thinkers of our time, who examine the pressing issues of educational equity and excellence brought to light in Davis Guggenheim’s popular documentary, Waiting for Superman. The film’s portrayal of urban public schools as uniform failures and charter schools as the only viable alternative for our nation’s youth demands a closer look. Across the chapters of this important book, the contributors reveal the film’s untold stories. These include the many public schools that are doing an excellent job of educating students, as well as the many charter schools that are doing no better than most public schools, despite their monetary advantages.

With chapters from educational luminaries that include Milton Chen, Linda Darling-Hammond, Dan Domenech, Ben Levin, Arthur Levine, Ann Lieberman, John Merrow, Diane Ravitch, Peter Smith, and Watson Scott SwailFinding Superman demands a new perspective from readers on a topic of urgent importance to all of us. Achieving excellent schools for all children is not an easy task. As these authors remind us, it requires a more balanced dialogue and a fuller range of evidence to realize truly lasting change.

What the experts say:

“This book is an essential supplement for everyone who saw the movie Waiting for Superman. It makes clear that education improvement is more complex, and requires more change in policy and practice, than Superman ever envisioned. It is a roadmap for more comprehensive transformation of education. Michael W. Kirst, Emeritus Professor of Education, Stanford University


“No one who hopes to participant in and contribute to the contemporary conversation about better teachers, better schools, and better learning for students can afford to pass up this collection.  It is a book for educators, but more than that it is a book for all who care about our young people and our nation’s tomorrow.” Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, President Emeritus, The George Washington University and university professor of public service

“Using Waiting for Superman as their foil, Swail and a cadre of national education experts argue for more comprehensive education reform efforts that prepare young people for the rapidly changing demands of today’s economy and society. This collection, drawing on the authors’ years of experience in education reform and policy, challenges the ideas highlighted in Waiting for Superman and instead maps out reform strategies that will push our thinking into new realms.” Betsy Brand, Executive Director, American Youth Policy Forum

Finding Superman brings together a who's who of education reformers to probe the challenges and opportunities of educational quality in American public education.  This volume shows that there are no simple solutions, no magic bullets that will fix our schools.  Instead, the real Supermen (and women) can be found everywhere—in the poorest public schools, in charters, and in the homes of the very children whose success will determine our collective future as a nation.” Jamie P. Merisotis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lumina Foundation.


The Cannon Caucus Room

The Cannon Caucus Room is the grandest room built for the House of Representatives outside of the Capitol. Measuring 74 feet long by 54 feet wide, the room is embellished with paired Corinthian pilasters standing on a continuous pedestal and supporting a richly detailed entablature, with decorative moldings, color, and gilding. The ceiling is decorated with a variety of classical motifs, including rosettes and a Greek key border. Six windows facing the courtyard and four crystal chandeliers light the room. The three-tiered chandeliers, which are original to the room, feature etched globes. This room is perhaps most famous as the site of some of the House Un-American Activities Committee’s most widely publicized hearings. Today it is used for numerous events throughout the year.