Askwith Forums: How Mayors are Leading the Way on Child Development and Education
Introduction by: Paul Reville, Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration, and director, Education Redesign Lab, HGSE
Moderator: Jorrit de Jong, lecturer in Public Policy and Management, and faculty director of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School
• Joseph Curtatone, Somerville, MA
• Jorge Elorza, Providence, RI
• Greg Fischer, Mayor, Louisville, KY
• Libby Schaaf, Oakland, CA
In an era of widespread disagreement on education reform, increased confidence in local control of education, and the absence of a dominant theory on where reform goes from here, visionary mayors are emerging as leaders of thought and action in defining a new role for municipalities to play in developing and educating young people, with particular attention to children living in poverty. Several mayors who are participating in both HGSE's By All Means Initiative and HKS’s Bloomberg City Leadership Initiative are mapping out cradle-to-career pathways to success for children in their communities. They will discuss their ambitious plans with the head of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, Jorrit de Jong.
This forum is held in conjunction with the By All Means initiative.
About By All Means
The By All Means initiative is addressing the iron law correlation between socioeconomic status and education outcomes by partnering with visionary mayors and superintendents from six cities across the U.S. Each city has created a Children’s Cabinet — a cross-sector team made up of mayors, superintendents, health and human services directors, and community and civic leaders — to embark on a redesign process that is focused on creating integrated systems of opportunity and support from early childhood through to higher education.
To accelerate this work, the Education Redesign Lab hosts the cabinets for five 2-day retreats over 2.5 years, bringing leaders to Cambridge to learn from national experts, Harvard faculty, and each other. This is the initiative’s fourth convening.