Building a learning culture in America: A conversation with education reformer Kevin Chavous - AEI

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On Tuesday, education reformer Kevin Chavous joined AEI’s Gerard Robinson for a conversation on America’s learning culture and his recently released book, “Building a Learning Culture in America” (Transaction Publishers, 2016). To expand on his book — which addresses how American schools welcomed a culture of learning in the past, how that culture faded over time, and how to reinvigorate it today — Mr. Chavous discussed how to reimagine American schooling so that every child is excited to learn and able to meet his or her potential.

To do this, Mr. Chavous said we must remove politics from our education debates and evaluate learning with metrics other than test scores. He also expressed that the future of schooling in America will be driven by technology and personalization — and that millennials will help drive that turn to technology so that more students are able to achieve educational advancements. He emphasized that our bottom line for focusing on the culture of leaning in America must fundamentally be student-centric, stating: “All kids have value. . . . They all have a purpose.”
–Elizabeth English

Event Description

In his new book “Building a Learning Culture in America” (Transaction Publishers, 2016), national education reformer Kevin Chavous addresses how American schools welcomed a culture of learning in the past, how that culture faded over time, and how to reinvigorate it today.

Join AEI as Mr. Chavous sits down with AEI’s Gerard Robinson for a conversation about his book, its implications for education policy today, and what can be done to cultivate a culture of learning in America moving forward.

Join the conversation on social media with #ChavousatAEI.


9:30 AM
Registration and book sale

10:00 AM
Gerard Robinson, AEI

10:05 AM
Kevin Chavous, American Federation for Children

10:20 AM
Kevin Chavous, American Federation for Children
Gerard Robinson, AEI

10:35 AM

11:00 AM

Event Contact Information

For more information, please contact Elizabeth English at [email protected], 202.862.5822.

Media Contact Information

For media inquiries, please contact [email protected], 202.862.5829.

Kevin Chavous is a noted author, attorney, and national education reform leader. He is the author of “Building a Learning Culture in America” (Transaction, 2016), a founding board member for the American Federation for Children, the board chair for the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning, and CEO of the Chavous Group. Mr. Chavous is involved with many education reform groups and the founder and board chair emeritus for Democrats for Education Reform. As a former member of the Council of the District of Columbia, the chair of DC’s Education Committee, and a national advocate for educational choice, he helped shepherd the charter school movement into the nation’s capital. Under his education committee chairmanship, DC became the most prolific charter school jurisdiction in the country. In addition, he helped shape DC’s three-sector education partnership with the federal government. In recent years, Mr. Chavous has worked to advance charter school and parental choice programs in a host of jurisdictions around the country. Mr. Chavous’ opinion editorials have appeared in many major newspapers, and he has given education reform speeches in nearly every state. He graduated from Wabash College and Howard University School of Law.

Gerard Robinson is a resident fellow in education policy studies at AEI. He previously served as Florida’s commissioner of education, where he managed the state’s No Child Left Behind waiver application, and as the secretary of education in Virginia, where he helped to amend the state’s charter school law and enact its first private school tax credit program. Mr. Robinson also served as president of the Black Alliance for Educational Options. He began his career teaching fifth grade in a private, inner-city school. His work has appeared in publications including The Washington Post, Education Next, Education Week, Richmond Times-Dispatch, and US News & World Report. He has a master’s of education from Harvard University, a bachelor of arts from Howard University, and an associate of arts degree from El Camino College.

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