The Supply Side of School Reform and the Future of Educational Entrepreneurship
About This Event

The most intriguing and daring ventures in K-12 education today are the efforts to reimagine the way American schoolchildren learn. Entrepreneurial ventures like Teach For America, the KIPP Academies, New Leaders for New Schools, and High Tech High are reinventing the definition and delivery methods of public education. Yet these Listen to Audio

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innovative programs have been hindered by difficulties in raising financial resources, finding talented employees, and overcoming regulatory barriers to entry into schools and districts.

AEI’s director of education policy studies, Frederick M. Hess, has commissioned a dozen scholars, education practitioners, and business analysts to examine this new entrepreneurial sector in education as well as the obstacles that prevent the creation of promising new ventures. By offering strategies to facilitate the growth and success of new education providers, the authors address how the entrepreneurial sector (composed of policymakers, practitioners, and philanthropists) can invigorate, complement, or replace the work of traditional schools and districts.

Contributing authors will present their findings at this daylong research conference, and an array of discussants will join the discussion. This conference and project were funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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8:30 a.m.
Frederick M. Hess, AEI
Panel I:
The Role of Entrepreneurship in Education
Stig Leschly, SRL Capital Management
Morgan Brown, US Department of Education
Michelle Rhee, DC Public Schools
Elliott Sainer, Aspen Education Group
Jon Schnur, New Leaders for New Schools
Panel II:
Addressing the Human Capital Challenge
Christopher Gergen, New Mountain Ventures
Bryan C. Hassel, Public Impact
David Harris, The Mind Trust
Sharon Robinson, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
Larry Rosenstock, High Tech High
12:00 p.m.
Panel III:
Addressing the Financial Capital Challenge
Daniel Pianko, Knowledge Investment Partners
Kim Smith, NewSchools Venture Fund
Jim Shelton, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Nelson Smith, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Panel IV:
Addressing Barriers and Changing Policy
Larry Berger, Wireless Generation
Ed Kirby, Walton Family Foundation
Don Shalvey, Aspire Public Schools
Laura Smith, New York City Schools
Panel V:
Making Supply-Side Reform Work
Anthony Bryk, Stanford University
Matt Candler, New Schools for New Orleans
Chester E. Finn Jr., Thomas B. Fordham Foundation
Wendy Kopp, Teach for America
Chris Whittle, Edison Schools
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Frederick M.
  • An educator, political scientist and author, Frederick M. Hess studies K-12 and higher education issues. His books include "Cage-Busting Leadership," "Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age," "The Same Thing Over and Over," "Education Unbound," "Common Sense School Reform," "Revolution at the Margins," and "Spinning Wheels." He is also the author of the popular Education Week blog, "Rick Hess Straight Up." Hess's work has appeared in scholarly and popular outlets such as Teachers College Record, Harvard Education Review, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, American Politics Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Phi Delta Kappan, Educational Leadership, U.S. News & World Report, National Affairs, the Washington Post, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic and National Review. He has edited widely cited volumes on the Common Core, the role of for-profits in education, education philanthropy, school costs and productivity, the impact of education research, and No Child Left Behind.  Hess serves as executive editor of Education Next, as lead faculty member for the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program, and on the review boards for the Broad Prize in Urban Education and the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools. He also serves on the boards of directors of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and 4.0 SCHOOLS. A former high school social studies teacher, he teaches or has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Rice University and Harvard University. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government, as well as an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum, from Harvard University.

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