November 2017 Convening
The Lab's fourth convening, Building Momentum for a Children's Opportunity Agenda, took place in November of 2017. In response to city needs, the convenings continue to be inward-facing, with an intense focus on moving the city work forward. Two sessions of the convening were open to the public.
Former U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King Jr., delivered the keynote address entitled A National Perspective on Building Equitable Systems of Education & Wellbeing for All Children. During his address, King provided reflections on the importance of local work in achieving the goal of ensuring all children have the opportunity to thrive, particularly in the current national education climate. After King's talk, King and Lab Director Professor Paul Reville participated in a Harvard EdCast to discuss King's journey after serving as U.S. Secretary of Education, what he hopes to accomplish in his new role, his vision for achieving equity in education, and examples of successful work from around the country.
Later that evening, the Lab teamed with Askwith Forums to host a panel discussion called How Mayors are Leading the Way on Child Development and Education, featuring four By All Means mayors: Joseph Curtatone of Somerville, Massachusetts; Jorge Elorza of Providence, Rhode Island; Greg Fischer of Louisville, Kentucky; and Libby Schaaf of Oakland, California. The mayors dicussed their innovative, silo-breaking efforts to map out cradle-to-career pathways to success for children in their communities.