6:00–8:00pm Join a panel of world-class educators as we tackle the question of how we ensure that - at a time where new tools are causing us to question much of what we think about learning and school - we keep our focus squarely on the development of the people who inhabit our schools.
This event will take place in the SLA Auditorium and be simulcast via our YouTube Channel
Gregg Behr - Author of "When You Wonder, You're Learning," Executive Director of the Grable Foundation and Co-Founder of Remake Learning - Gregg Behr, executive director of The Grable Foundation since 2006, is a father and children’s advocate. For more than 15 years, he has helped lead Remake Learning—a network of educators, technologists, designers, and makers he founded in 2007—to international renown. Among the foremost examples of learning ecosystems, Remake Learning has turned heads everywhere from The White House to the World Economic Forum for its efforts to ignite children's curiosity; encourage creativity; and foster justice, joy, and belonging in schools, libraries, museums, and other sites of learning. In 2023, HundrED named Gregg as its Global Champion of the Year for inspiring learning innovation across continents. He's an advisor to The Brookings Institution and The Fred Rogers Institute, and has been honored by President Obama, the Disruptor Foundation, ISTE, and AASA as an innovator and thought leader. He is the co-author of When You Wonder, You’re Learning: Mister Rogers’ Enduring Lessons for Raising Creative, Curious, Caring Kids.
DawnLynne Kacer - Executive Director - Opportunity Network, School District of Philadelphia
DawnLynne Kacer, as Executive Director-Opportunity Network, leads the School District of Philadelphia team with the primary mission to support Philadelphia’s current and former opportunity youth. This work includes supporting 22 multiple pathway programs and the School District’s Re-engagement Center. Her work is centered around ensuring pathways to graduation for Philadelphians who have become disconnected from education, are over-aged and under-credited, or are seeking to return to school while needing personalized support with barriers including housing instability, child care, and mental health. Previously, she led the School District’s Charter Schools Office which monitors, supports and evaluates the more than 80 brick and mortar charter schools in Philadelphia.
Before joining the School District in 2015, DawnLynne led the Charter Schools Office for the NYC Department of Education. Before her career in urban public education, DawnLynne was a Senior Consultant for public sector clients in healthcare policy and information technology. She also served as a juvenile court officer hearing cases of abuse/neglect and foster care permanency in Georgia. DawnLynne has a Masters of Education from The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, a MPP from the University of Michigan, and both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Georgia. DawnLynne is a foster parent, voracious reader, loves to travel, and enjoys taking and printing black and white darkroom photography.
Cheryl Logan - Executive Director of the McGraw Center for Leadership - U. Penn GSE, former Superintendent of Omaha, NE, 2022 McGraw Prize Winner
Dr. Cheryl Logan, the 2022 McGraw Prize in Education Winner, is currently the Inaugural Director of the Center for Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education. Until June 2023, Logan served as the superintendent of the Omaha Public Schools, a system serving 53,000 students for five years (July 2018- June 2023).
Logan has spent her career in education working in school districts with large immigrant populations from around the world, including with students from significant English language learner populations. She has previously served in the following roles:
- Chief Academic Officer – School District of Philadelphia
- Assistant Superintendent – School District of Philadelphia
- Elementary Principal – Prince George’s Howard County Public Schools, Maryland
- High School Principal – Prince George’s Public Schools
- Foreign Language and ESL Instructor – Prince George’s Public Schools, Maryland
She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland, a Master of Education Degree from John Hopkins University and a Doctorate of Education Degree from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to other forms of diversity among the communities in which she has served, Dr. Logan believes that education leaders must collaborate with students, faculty, employees, business and faith partners in service of their organization. Dr. Logan is also fluent in Spanish. Logan is the mother of an adult daughter. She resides in Greenville, DE with her husband and two dogs.
Jose Vilson - Founder / Executive Director of EduColor, Author of "This is Not a Test" - Jose Vilson is a veteran educator, author, and executive director of EduColor, an organization mobilizing educators through pedagogy, equity, and agency. In addition, he is a doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University studying sociology and education with a policy concentration.
Moderator: Kristen Graham - Education Writer, the Philadelphia Inquirer - Kristen Graham is the K-12 Education reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer. She is a veteran education/investigative reporter producing award-winning journalism on multiple platforms. She was a lead writer on "Assault on Learning," a series which affected large-scale change and won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Kristen is a huge fan of the Philadelphia Phillies. She lives in South Jersey with her husband and two sons.