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April 16, 2018


Today, April 16, 2018,  leaders from the enterprise, investment, higher education, and PreK-12 communities will descend upon San Diego for the 2018 ASU + GSV Summit. Among these innovative leaders will be several members of the New Profit community. If you're heading to San Diego, we hope that you have the chance to hear from and connect with these breakthrough leaders who are working to advance opportunity across the country. Check out where and when you can connect with them below:

John Legend, 10-time Grammy Award winner, Oscar winner, and Golden Globe winner, will be delivering a keynote address on Tuesday, April 17th at 5 PMNew Profit partners with Legend and his FREEAMERICA initiative on the Unlocked Futures Accelerator, an initiative that is designed to unleash the expertise and insight of social entrepreneurs directly impacted by the criminal justice system.

Topeka K. Sam, Founder and Executive Director of The Ladies of Hope Ministries (The LOHM)—an organization that works to help disenfranchised & marginalized women transition back into society through education, spiritual empowerment, entrepreneurship & advocacy—will be speaking on a panel about The Importance of Social Justice To The Future of Talent Conversation following John Legend's Keynote address on Tuesday, April 17th at 5 PM. Topeka is an entrepreneur in New Profit's Unlocked Futures Accelerator.

The Unlocked Futures Entrepreneurs will be presenting their organizations on Wednesday, April 16 at 2pm at an event titled Company Presentations, Global Silicon Alley, presented by Chegg. Join Clean Decisions, Detroit Justice Center, Flikshop, Ladies of Hope Ministries, Mission: Launch, Inc., Obodo, Prison Scholars Fund, and Re-Entry Campus Program in Harbor H, Second Floor to learn more about their groundbreaking organizations.

Phyllis Lockett, CEO of LEAP Innovations, a New Profit grantee-partner that connects innovation and education to reinvent our one-size-fits-all system and transforms the way kids learn, will be honored as one of this year's Leading Innovators of Color on Tuesday, April 17th at 5 PM. "Each year, GSV accepts nominations from the ASU GSV community for the leading global innovator of color making true impact in the learning and talent world. The winners each year have accomplished incredible things in their lives and impacted thousand and even millions of people through their work." Phyllis will also be speaking on several panels detailed below:

  • Personalized Learning is Often Neither Personalized Nor Learning - Monday, April 16th at 3 PM: Leap Innovations Founder, Phyllis Lockett, will moderate a point/counterpoint discussion about the future of personalized learning. 
  • Leading Educator Panel: Personalized Learning: A Trojan Horse for Tech? - Tuesday, April 17th at 10 AM: As schools across the country adopt new models to individualize learning, personalized learning has become the buzzword du jour, used by educators to describe shifts in their pedagogical practice, by edtech to advocate for their tools, and by skeptics to describe “corporate takeovers” of schools. The term has become a placeholder in education debates, often used but rarely understood. This panel will discuss what personalized learning really is, how implementation practices can bolster or hinder it, and whether personalization is possible without edtech.
  • FoT@PreK-12 Primetime: LEAP In! Put Personalized Learning to Work - Wednesday April 18th at 10:30 AM: Personalized learning is more than just a buzzword. At LEAP Innovations, we’ve worked with more than 100 schools from across Chicago to implement personalized learning teaching and learning strategies supported by innovative edtech tools, and it’s already making a difference. Come learn how a holistic approach to implementing effective personalized learning is outpacing traditional models, while creating a virtuous circle of collaboration and feedback between edtechs, educators, and students.

Joel Rose, Co-Founder and CEO of New Classrooms, a former New Profit grantee-partner that works to create a world where personalized learning is just the way students learn—a world where every student attends a school that meets them where they are, adapts to the unique ways they learn, and develops habits for lifelong success, will be joining Phyllis Lockett on stage for the Personalized Learning is Often Neither Personalized Nor Learning (see details above).

Marc Brackett, Founding Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, a former New Profit grantee-partner, will be delivering a keynote address titled Creating an Emotion Revolution in our Nation's Schools and Workplaces on Monday, April 16th at 11:15 AM. "Emotions Matter. They inform our thinking, decisions, creativity, relationships, mental and physical health, and everyday performance. The skills of emotional intelligence, including the ability to recognize and regulating emotions, are especially important for our success and wellbeing. In this presentation, I will discuss our Center’s large-scale studies on the role of emotional intelligence in key personal and organizational outcomes. I’ll also discuss RULER, our Center’s evidence-based approach to teaching social and emotional learning, which has been adopted by over 2000 schools across the U.S. and around the world. Practical tools and strategies to develop emotional intelligence also will be shared."

Pamela Cantor, M.D., President and CEO of Turnaround for Children, an organization that translates neuroscientific research into tools and strategies for schools with high concentrations of students impacted by adversity, in order to accelerate healthy development and academic achievement, will be speaking on a panel titled The Potential of Personalization for the Whole Child: Bridging Science to Practice to Technology for All Learners on Monday, April 16th at 4 PM. "The science of learning and development points to strategies that mitigate adversity’s impact on learning and unlock human potential. Unfortunately, this research rarely makes it to teachers or product developers. If personalized learning tools could be built on research about whole child development, could technology accelerate emerging science’s impact on school design, teacher practice and student outcomes?"

Gerald Chertavian, Founder and CEO of Year Up, a national program that empowers urban young adults to enter the economic mainstream, will be speaking at the event, details have not been released yet. This post will be updated once they are. Year Up is a former grantee-partner of New Profit.

We hope you can connect with this amazing community of innovators in San Diego! Follow @NewProfit on Twitter for updates on and highlights of our community at ASU + GSV.


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