Education Pioneers National Conference to Host More than 50 Speakers, Including Keynote from Civil Rights Leader Bryan Stevenson


November 4, 2016

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Education Pioneers National Conference to Host More than 50 Speakers, Including Keynote from Civil Rights Leader Bryan Stevenson

At November conference, national nonprofit to host leading education and civil rights leaders to inform conversations about building an equitable education system

SAN FRANCISCO – Education Pioneers, a national nonprofit that places skilled professionals in critical, non-instructional leadership positions throughout K-12 public education, announces its lineup of speakers for its #EP2016 National Conference: Leadership. Innovation. Progress.

Heavy hitters include keynote speaker, civil rights attorney and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson, and former Chancellor of DC Public Schools Kaya Henderson.

Education Pioneers’ National Conference will gather hundreds of leaders who are driven to create extraordinary change in education on behalf of underserved students. Many of the attendees are among the 3,000-plus Alumni who completed the organization’s fellowship in education leadership.

“Education Pioneers believes it is crucial to bring together leaders from all backgrounds to address challenges, share best practices, and advance change for all students,” said Scott Morgan, Founder and CEO of Education Pioneers. “Our National Conference will be an opportunity for those committed to moving the needle for children through improvements in K-12 education to learn from each other and transformational leaders in the field.”

Keynote speaker Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (an endeavor to change the conversation about race and the justice system in the United States), a public interest lawyer, a professor of law at New York University School of Law, and a tireless advocate of justice for people of color and the poor. Stevenson has devoted his career to combating systemic oppression embedded in the US judicial system.

Stevenson is a Harvard Law School graduate and has argued six cases before the Supreme Court. He won a case that deemed it unconstitutional to sentence children to life without parole if they are 17 years old or younger and are not guilty of murder. Stevenson released a memoir called Just Mercy, a New York Times bestseller, that discusses growing up in a poor and racially segregated area of Delaware, his career journey fighting on behalf of the disenfranchised, and reflections on bias in his death row cases.

The #EP2016 conference will close with a conversation with leaders working to improve education in urban areas, including Richard Buery, deputy mayor of strategic initiatives in New York City, and former Chancellor of DC Public Schools Kaya Henderson. Henderson is credited with drastically improving DC Public Schools since her tenure began in 2010, making it the fastest-improving urban school district in the country.

The #EP2016 Conference is taking place in San Francisco at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco on November 15-16. The event will feature 50-plus speakers and 30-plus individualized breakout sessions.

Attendees can choose from breakout sessions organized in five tracks: Innovation in Education; Management in Education; Managing Your Career Path; Taking Stock of the Education Sector; and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

To see the full list of #EP2016 National Conference speakers and breakout sessions, please visit


About Education Pioneers

Since 2003, Education Pioneers has recruited our nation’s most extraordinary people to enter into education leadership and help transform our schools. Education Pioneers has recruited and trained more than 3,000 diverse leaders in partnership with more than 200 education organizations in about 20 cities nationwide.

Of the organization’s alumni in the workforce, more than 70 percent serve in education and lead or contribute to work that impacts more than 3.5 million public school students – most of whom are students of color and come from underserved areas. Find out more about where Education Pioneers’ leaders work and their impact here:

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