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Welcome to the 2016 Yale SOM Education Leadership Conference! We look forward to seeing you in New Haven on April 7-8. Feel free to take a look at the conference agenda below. If you have any questions, please reach out to educationconference@yale.edu
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Friday, April 8 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Redesigning Education: Building New Models of School Success

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Clarifying the goals we have for students is only the first step toward realizing our vision for student success. The design and implementation process for new classroom and school models can be complex and challenging. What does the design and change management process look like, and what best practices are emerging? Though there are certainly common themes driving many of the school design and redesign efforts across the country, this period of educational change is marked by a diversity of approaches. Given that, to what degree is each process of design/school design unique and to what degree can we scale and/or share these processes? How is school design and redesign shaping the broader educational landscape?

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Dickie Steele

Principal, SYPartners
Dickie Steele is a Principal at SYPartners, a design firm that brings creativity and optimism to help build great organizations and movements. He is currently working on several corporate transformation programs in the technology sector but also works with philanthropists and non profits. Before going SYP he worked on a wide range of education issues including community college design, the concept for the teacher channel and numerous social and... Read More →

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Jennifer Ghidiu

Regional Director of Network Support & Research, Big Picture Learning
Over the past 10 years, Jennifer Ghidiu has worked with the Big Picture network of schools, as a classroom teacher, school leader, coach and director. Currently, Jennifer is supporting school startup in several different states in her region, coordinating research and data collection for the national organization, and providing direct support to a new Big Picture school in her own city. Big Picture Learning’s mission is the education of a... Read More →
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Mary Harrison

Vice President of Programs, Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Mary Sylvia Harrison brings experience leading initiatives to improve education and college readiness to her role in overseeing the Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s programs, New England’s largest foundation dedicated exclusively to education. Prior to joining the Nellie Mae Education Foundation in 2008, Mary was President and CEO of The College Crusade of Rhode Island. Under her leadership, the organization became the state’s... Read More →
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Katie Potochney

Creative Director, SYPartners
Katie Potochney is responsible for leading the creative vision and experience design, while partnering with Strategy to develop narratives and insights. Driven by curiosity and her passion for generative thinking, Katie uses her background in design and advertising to imagine and build compelling human interactions that lead to behavioral and cultural transformation for leaders and their teams. Katie has designed experiences for a number of... Read More →
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Ross Wilson

Chief Innovation Officer, Boston Public Schools
Ross Wilson serves as Managing Partner of Innovation for the Boston Public Schools. He has previously worked as Chief of Staff, Assistant Superintendent for Human Capital, Assistant Principal, kindergarten teacher, literacy specialist, and teacher of students with disabilities. Ross holds Bachelors Degrees in Special Education, Elementary Education, and Psychology, and a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from Marist College; a Masters... Read More →

Friday April 8, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm