San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Educational Policy: "From Idea to Ordinance: Early Childhood Education"
Join us to learn the steps (and missteps) involved to turn an idea into an ordinance.
Research has shown for decades that the best pathway out of poverty is education, and early childhood education is documented to be the best long-term solution to decrease crime and unemployment while increasing quality of life. Jason Kloth will talk of the rollercoaster ordinance passed last December that allocates $40M over the next five years to providing pre-K scholarships to children from low-income households, along with his own personal/professional highlights and regrets along the way—all in true Emerging Leader fashion.
Tickets are $10 for UWCI Emerging Leaders members and Eli Lilly employees, and $15 for guests. Lunch will be provided.
About Our Speaker
Jason Kloth is Deputy Mayor of Education for the city of Indianapolis, a position he has held since 2012. In this capacity he serves on the Mayor’s senior cabinet and leads the Office of Education Innovation’s efforts to ensure that every student in Indianapolis has access to a quality education. During Jason’s tenure, the Office of Education Innovation has increased the number of schools in its portfolio from 22 to 39 and been recognized as a model authorizer by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. Jason and his team have also helped author and negotiate an ambitious $50 million proposal to fund pre-school for thousands of low-income children, drafted groundbreaking legislation that enables Indianapolis Public Schools to partner with outside organizations to improve failing schools, and hosted the nation’s largest VEX robotics competition.
Before joining the Mayor’s office, Jason held a variety of senior positions at Teach For America. He most recently served as the organization’s senior vice president of public affairs overseeing its government affairs, communications, research and evaluation, federal policy, and community relations teams. Prior to that he served as the founding executive director of Teach For America Indianapolis and led the region’s corps member effectiveness efforts, established a first-of-its-kind principal fellowship program, and raised nearly $5 million to fund the region’s operations. He also previously managed Teach For America’s team of recruiters at key schools in the Midwest and South.
Jason began his career teaching 6th grade language arts in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, where his peers elected him Teacher of the Year. He has achieved national recognition as a visionary, results-oriented leader and was named one of the Walton Family Foundation’s inaugural "Education Reformers to Watch" in 2013. In 2014 he was selected as a Pahara-Aspen Institute Education Fellow. Jason currently serves on the boards of Early Learning Indiana, Teach For America-Indianapolis, Downtown Indy, and Employ Indy. He holds a B.A. in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and lives in Indianapolis with his wife Ronni and daughter Coretta.