January 23, 2015
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saint Peter’s University
$25.00 online or $30.00 at the door
National School Choice Week provides an unprecedented opportunity, every January, to shine a positive spotlight on the need for effective education options for all children.
In commemoration of National School Choice Week, Choice Media and Saint Peter’s University School of Education invite you to join education reform leaders and supporters from across New Jersey for a timely, important, and uplifting meeting about education reform and school choice in the Garden State.
Tickets for the summit are $25 online and $30 at the door. It includes breakfast, lunch and innovative strategies to improve education in the New Jersey.
Saint Peter’s University
2641 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07306
The summit will be held in the The Duncan Family Sky Room located on the sixth floor of the Mac Mahon Student Center.
Lot#1 Armory Lot: Located on Montgomery St. between Tuers and Jordan Avenues
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8:30-9:30am -- Breakfast and Welcome
8:30am – Breakfast
9:00am – National Anthem: Charter Tech High School
9:05am – Greeting, Joe Doria, Dean, Saint Peter’s University School of Education
9:10am – The Year in Education, Bob Bowdon, Choice Media
9:30-10:30am -- Legislative Panel
Joe Doria Moderates:
- Senator Tom Kean (R), Summit
- Senator Brian Stack (D), Union City
- Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D), Burlington
- Assemblyman Dave Wolfe (R), Brick Township
10:30-10:45am -- Break
10:45-11:30am -- Cami Anderson, State District Superintendent, Newark Public Schools
11:30am-12:30pm -- Urban Education Policy
Eddie Fergus, Professor of Education, NYU, Moderates:
- Derrell Bradford, Executive Director, NYCAN
- Donnie Evans, Superintendent, Paterson Public Schools
- Michelle Mason, Deputy Director, JerseyCAN
- Shavar Jeffries, Former President, Newark Public School Advisory Board
12:30-1:00pm -- Lunch
- High School “What is School Choice?” Essay Contest Award Winner Announced
- School Choice Dancers Perform: Central Jersey Arts Charter School
1:00-2:00pm -- State of the New Jersey Charter School Movement
Laura Waters, Founder, New Jersey Left Behind, Moderates:
- Patrick Byrne, Elizabeth, NJ Blended School Applicant
- Nicole Harris, Parent Liason, North Star Academy Newark
- Rick Pressler, Interim President and CEO, NJ Charter Public Schools Association
- Tim White, Advocacy Chair, NJ Charter Public Schools Association
2:15-3:15pm -- The Future of School Choice in New Jersey
Norris Clark, New Jersey Public School Options, Moderates:
- Lorna Bryant, Director, K12
- Eric Lerum, Founder, Smarter Ed Policy
- Valarie Smith, NJ Interdistrict Public School Choice Association
- Dick Zimmer, Former Congressman & New Jersey State Senator/Assemblyman
3:30pm-4:15pm -- Featured Guest
Bob Bowdon Interviews:
- Campbell Brown, Founder, Partnership for Educational Justice
Executive Director, Choice Media
Bob is the Director of the award-winning documentary, The Cartel, which reveals the nature and extent of corruption in public education.
Executive Director, NYCAN
Founder, Partnership for Educational Justice
Vice President in Charge of Blended Schools, K12
Lorna is currently the Vice President in charge of Blended Schools for K12. She applied to create New Jersey’s first online-only school, the New Jersey Virtual Academy Charter School.
Founder and Coordinator, Newark Preparatory Charter School
Dean, School of Education at Saint Peter's University
Joe is the former Speaker of the New Jersey State Assembly and author of the first New Jersey charter school law.
Donnie W. Evans
State District Superintendent, Paterson Public Schools
With over 35 years experience in the world of education, Dr. Donnie W. Evans has served in a leadership capacity in several of our nation’s largest and most diverse school districts. In 2009, he joined Paterson Public Schools, the third largest school district in New Jersey, to serve as the State District Superintendent.
Professor of Education, NYU
Eddie’s work explores the effects of educational policy and practice as it intersects the lives of populations living in vulnerable conditions. More specifically his work is on the educational outcomes of boys of color and disproportionality in special education and suspensions.
Community Engagement Coordinator, Uncommon Newark
Former President, Newark Public School Advisory Board
In April 2010, Shavar was elected to the Newark Public Schools Advisory Board where he quickly emerged as a leader in expanding the number of high-quality public school options for all children.
Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R)
New Jersey's 21st Legislative District
Senate 2003-present, Republican Leader 2008-present, Minority Whip 2004-07, Deputy Whip 2003; General Assembly 2001-03
Committees: Commerce, Higher Education, Legislative Oversight, Legislative Services Commission
Deputy Director, JerseyCAN
Michele spent ten years supporting first generation college bound students as they applied, matriculated and graduated from college. She has helped students navigate the college process in various charter and private school settings. She spent the last two years leading the Alumni Affairs team at Teach For America- NJ.
Former Teacher, Paterson Public Schools
After 27 years working in a Paterson high school, retired teacher Lee McNulty decided to blow the whistle on the chaos happening every day that he says is no secret to the administration.
Interim President and CEO, New Jersey Charter Schools Association
Rick is the Founder of the Greater Brunswick Charter School and helped establish the Gaining Ground charter school facilities initiative.
Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D)
New Jersey's 7th Legislative District
General Assembly 2011-present
Committees: Tourism, Gaming and the Arts, Vice-Chair, Budget, Education
Valarie M. Smith
Co-Director, New Jersey Interdistrict Public School Choice Association
The NJ Interdistrict Public School Choice Association enables approved choice districts to enroll non-resident students without cost to their parents. Ms. Smith is the former Secretary’s Regional Representative (Region II, New York) for the US Department of Education and a former Board of Education Member of Cherry Hill.
Blogger, New Jersey Left Behind
Laura’s commentary regularly appears on NJ Spotlight, WHYY NewsWorks, and on her New Jersey Left Behind blog, which she has operated since 2008. She has been elected four times to the Lawrence Township Board of Education, and served over eight years as Board President.
Assemblyman David W. Wolfe (R)
New Jersey's 10th Legislative District
General Assembly 1992-present, Deputy Republican Leader 2008-present, Assistant Leader 2002-07, Assistant Majority Leader 1996-98
Committees: Education, Environment and Solid Waste, Joint Committee on the Public Schools
Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
Dick served in both houses of the New Jersey Legislature and in the United States House of Representatives.