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Capacity for Equity: What Does It Take to Harness Community Resources Effectively?
Children's cabinets have the job of thinking about the whole child -- which means moving beyond individual silos to strengthen the ecosystem of supports for families. In this moment of upheaval, how can we challenge our understanding of what this means AND take concrete steps that matter in real time?

Join thought leaders Karen Pittman, from the Forum for Youth Investment, Paul Reville from Harvard’s Education Redesign Lab, and Elizabeth Gaines from Children’s Funding Project to probe how we can think differently and act together to support youth and families equitably. We will also look at how concrete strategies like success coaching can bring the ecosystem of support directly to individual youth and families.

This special session will feature an open conversation followed by break-out discussion for children's cabinets.

Oct 22, 2020 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Elizabeth Gaines
Founder and Director, ELIZABETH@CHILDRENSFUNDINGPROJECT.ORG @Children’s Funding Project (CFP)
Elizabeth is the founder and director of the Children’s Funding Project (CFP). Begun in 2018, CFP is the response to Elizabeth’s 25 year career in child advocacy that persistently led her to question whether adequate resources were being directed to children. Her career began with leading after-school and community-based youth programs at the Atwood Community Center in Madison, Wisconsin. She later served as youth policy analyst for Citizens for Missouri’s Children, followed by 13 years at the Forum for Youth Investment, where she helped policy leaders develop tools and techniques to improve their use of data, increase their policy alignment, and more efficiently apply resources for greater impact.
Paul Reville
Founder and Director @Education Redesign Lab, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Professor Reville returned to the Harvard Graduate School of Education as the Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration in 2013, having just completed nearly five years of service as the secretary of education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As Governor Deval Patrick's top education advisor, Reville established the Executive Office of Education and had oversight of higher education, K-12, and early education in the nation's leading student achievement state. He served in the Governor's Cabinet and played a leading education reform role on matters ranging from the Achievement Gap Act of 2010 and Common Core State Standards to the Commonwealth's highly successful Race to the Top proposal. He is particularly interested in matters of federal and state education policy and is now concentrating his work on the design of 21st century learning systems, braiding schooling, health/social supports and enrichments to close learning gaps.
Karen Pittman
Co-Founder and CEO @Forum for Youth Investment
Karen co-founded the Forum for Youth Investment with Merita Irby. Under their leadership, the Forum has established deep roots as a national nonprofit, nonpartisan “action tank” – combining thought leadership on youth development, youth policy, cross-system/cross-sector partnerships and developmental youth practice with on-the-ground training, technical assistance and supports – fully committed to changing the odds that all children and youth are ready for college, work and life. Prior to the Forum, Karen worked with the International Youth Foundation (IYF) to strengthen its program content and develop an evaluation strategy. Before IYF, Karen served on the Clinton administration as director of the President’s Crime Prevention Council. Prior to her work with the administration, Karen was the vice president at the Academy for Educational Development, where she founded and directed the Center for Youth Development and Policy Research.