11:00 am Registration and book sales
11:30 am Welcome: William W. Brown
11:40 am Opening remarks
11:45 am Keynote: Kevin P. Chavous
12:00 pm Discussion
12:15 pm Q&A
1:00 pm Book signing/sales
Lunch will be served at 11:30 am.
Books available for purchase. Book signing following the luncheon.
Chavous, a noted attorney, author, and national education leader was at the forefront of education reform within the District of Columbia public school system.
From political gridlock to systemic discrimination, Chavous details the many ways education today is off track, and cites specific examples of what Americans might do to reform it.
“Our sole purpose should be to create a national obsession around learning that transends the politics of the day.” —Kevin Chavous
State and regional educators, parents, and community members will gather to learn from Chavous’ frank and fascinating experience to enact education reform. He calls for Americans to unite in making the changes needed to reestablish a learning culture as an inherent piece of the American National fabric . . . and he tells us how to begin.
About Kevin Chavous
Kevin P. Chavous is a former member of the Council of the District of Columbia and Chair of the Council's Education Committee, His efforts led to more than $500 million new dollars being made available to educate children in D.C. In addition, Mr. Chavous assisted in shaping the District's three-sector education partnership with the federal government. That partnership led to $60 million in annual federal dollars for D.C.’s public schools and provided different educational opportunities for low-income families.
In 2016, Mr. Chavous was inducted into the District of Columbia Hall of Fame. Mr. Chavous is also a very successful attorney and for many years he was a senior partner at SNR Denton, LLP, one of the largest law firms in the world. He has been licensed to practice law in four states and has been an adjunct professor at the Washington College of Law at American University. Mr. Chavous is an accomplished author, having been widely published. His latest book, Building a Learning Culture in America, will be released September 2016. Mr. Chavous is a founding board member for the American Federation for Children, and is the board chair for the Foundation for Online and Blended Learning. He is also involved with many education reform groups and is the founder and Board Chair Emeritus for Democrats for Education Reform (DFER). Mr. Chavous was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and graduated from Wabash College, where he was an NCAA District All-American in basketball. He also graduated from the Howard University School of Law, where he was president of his graduating class. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Reviews of Building a Learning Culture in America by Kevin Chavous:
"Education often brings to mind the old saying about the weather--everyone talks about it, but no one does anything about it. Kevin Chavous is not everyone. A force of nature himself, he's been battling to reshape American education for two decades. Weaving together educational expertise, lessons from other social movements, and his personal testimonial, he has penned a book that is both manifesto and strategic plan. The result is a remarkable resource for parents, practitioners, and policymakers." —Frederick M. Hess, Director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute
"Building a Learning Culture in America demonstrates Kevin Chavous' unique combination of personal experiences, professional expertise, and unwavering commitment to ensuring all children receive a quality education. Chavous reminds us that instilling a life-long love and appreciation for learning in all young people is the most significant responsibility we have as adults. I encourage anyone interested in understanding the root causes of academic underachievement, as well as a viable strategy to improve outcomes for all America's children, to read this book." —Dr. Thomas Stewart, President of Patten University