2019 Education Summit

August 15, 2019  
Baruch College, 55 Lexington Ave, Room 14-220, New York, NY 10010
55 Lexington Ave, Room 14-220, New York, NY 10010
9:00AM - 4:00PM
Bringing Together the Leaders in Education
Event Description

City & State’s Education Summit will offer industry executives, public sector leaders and academics the opportunity to share ideas and debate critical issues such as school choice, closing the achievement gap, and school safety. The full-day event brings together the most influential leaders and thinkers in New York’s education field.

Richard Carranza
Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
Richard A. Carranza is Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, the largest school system in the nation. He is responsible for educating 1.1 million students in over 1,800 schools. During Carranza’s nearly 30 years in education, he has served in virtually every role. Prior to New York City, he was the superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, the largest school district in Texas, and the seventh largest in the United States. Before that, he served the San Francisco Unified School District, first as deputy superintendent and then as superintendent. Before moving to San Francisco, Carranza was the Northwest Region superintendent for the Clark County School District in Las Vegas. He began his career as a high school, bilingual social studies and music teacher, and then as a principal, both in Tucson, Arizona. A son of a sheet metal worker and a hairdresser—and a grandson of Mexican immigrants—Carranza credits his public school education for putting him on a path to college and a successful career. He believes that a great education changes lives, and is excited to help the next generation of New Yorkers achieve their dreams. As Chancellor, he is building on the City’s Equity and Excellence for All agenda, which supports students academically, socially, and emotionally from early childhood through twelfth grade. He is also championing initiatives to help educators strengthen their practice and to empower more parents to become engaged in their children’s education. Carranza is the past chairman of the Board of Directors for the Council of the Great City Schools, where he served as a national spokesperson on significant issues facing urban school districts. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, the American Association of School Administrators Executive Committee, and the K to College Advisory Board. Education Week profiled Carranza as a national 2015 Leader to Learn From.(Open external link) He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education from the University of Arizona and a Master of Education with distinction in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University. He completed his doctoral coursework in educational leadership through Northern Arizona University and Nova Southeastern University. Carranza is a fluent Spanish-speaker and an accomplished mariachi musician. He is married to Monique and has two daughters.
Shelley Mayer
State Sen. Shelley Mayer
Chairwoman, Committee on Education
Shelley Mayer has spent her career as an advocate for New Yorkers. She is an experienced and progressive leader. In an April 2018 Special Election, she was elected to the New York State Senate representing the 37th Senate District, which includes the Cities of Yonkers, White Plains, New Rochelle, and Rye; the Towns of Bedford, Eastchester, Harrison, Mamaroneck, North Castle, and Rye; and the Villages of Bronxville, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Port Chester, Rye Brook, and Tuckahoe. She was elected to the New York State Assembly in a special election on March 20, 2012 and subsequently re-elected November 2012, 2014, and 2016 from the 90th District (Yonkers). Shelley previously served as Chief Counsel to the New York State Senate Democrats, where she helped lead the effort to expel the disgraced Hiram Monserrate and helped draft critical legislation to reform Albany and protect taxpayers. Prior to her election to the Assembly, Shelley was a Senior Counsel at the National State Attorney General Program at Columbia Law School, where she focused on health care and labor law rights. For over seven years, she was Vice President of Government and Community Affairs at Continuum Health Partners, one of New York City’s largest teaching hospital systems, working to protect Medicaid and Medicare services and improving the relationship between New York City’s diverse communities and the hospital system. From 1982 to 1994, Shelley was an Assistant Attorney General in the office of New York Attorney General Bob Abrams. She served in the Civil Rights Bureau, as Chief of the Westchester Regional Office, as the legislative liaison for the Attorney General and ultimately as a senior advisor to the Attorney General. As an Assistant Attorney General, Shelley fought to protect civil rights for New Yorkers and to broaden laws protecting consumers and tenants. Shelley received a JD from SUNY Buffalo School of Law in 1979 and a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA in 1975. Shelley has been actively involved in the Yonkers community, serving as a member of the Yonkers NAACP, Yonkers YWCA, Westchester Women’s Bar Association, and Westchester Women’s Agenda. She is a member of the Yonkers Lawyers Association, New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Shelley also previously served on the Board of the Jewish Council of Yonkers/Westchester Community Partners and the Yonkers Public Library. Shelley lives in Yonkers with her husband of 36 years, Lee Smith. Shelley and Lee have three adult children – Aaron, Julia, and Arthur Smith.
John Liu
State Sen. John C. Liu
Chairman, New York City Education Committee
John C. Liu is a New York State Senator representing a broad area of northeast Queens. He is chairperson of the Senate’s committee on New York City Education and also serves on the committees of Finance, Education, Transportation, Alcoholism and Substance Abuse and Rules. John was Comptroller of the City of New York (2010-2013) and a New York City Councilmember (2002-2009). In 2013, John was a candidate for Mayor of New York City, in lieu of running for re-election as Comptroller. Currently, John teaches municipal finance and public policy in Masters programs at the City University of New York (CUNY) and Columbia University.
Toby Ann Stavisky - State Senate
State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky
Chairwoman, Higher Education Committee
Toby Ann Stavisky, the first woman from Queens County elected to the State Senate and the first woman to Chair the Senate Committee on Higher Education, is a native New Yorker who was born and raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She attended P.S. 9 before graduating from the Bronx High School of Science and Syracuse University, which she attended on an academic scholarship. The Senator completed graduate school at Hunter and Queens Colleges. After working in the actuarial department of a major insurance company, Mrs. Stavisky taught Social Studies in the New York City high schools. As a result of her involvement with issues such as better schools, programs for older adults, social justice, opportunities for New Americans, and assisting small business, the Senator has been honored by many organizations. These include the Taiwanese Association, the Korean American Association of Queens and the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps. For her “dedicated service to seniors across Queens,” Senator Stavisky was presented with the Rose Kryzak Legislative Award from the Queens Interagency Council on the Aging. The New York Branch of the NAACP honored her contributions toward furthering “freedom and human dignity.” The Senator is proud to have been honored twice by the Flushing Chinese Business Association and in 2016 by the University Student Senate of CUNY. In June, 2016, at the Queensborough Community College commencement, she was awarded the Presidential Medal for her “exceptional and longstanding commitment to public higher education.” Currently, she serves as Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic Majority Conference and Chairwoman of the Senate's Committee on Higher Education. Senator Toby Ann Stavisky was first elected to the Senate on November 2, 1999, and has subsequently been re-elected ten times. The Senator resides in Forest Hills. Standing Committee Assignments 2019: Higher Education (Chairwoman), Education, Ethics, Finance, Health, Judiciary, and Racing, Gaming and Wagering. The former Toby Ann Goldhaar was married to Dr. Leonard Price Stavisky, a university professor, who served in the Assembly and Senate until his death in June of 1999. She has one son, Evan, who is married to Kristen Zebrowski Stavisky.
Michael Benedetto.
Assemblyman Michael Benedetto
Chairman, Education Committee
Mark Treyger
New York City Councilman Mark Treyger
Chairman, Committee on Education
Mark Treyger is the Council Member for the 47th District, representing the neighborhoods of Bensonhurst, Coney Island, Gravesend, and Sea Gate. Before the City Council, Treyger spent eight years teaching World History, Government, and Economics at New Utrecht High School. While teaching, Treyger took an active role in the United Federation of Teachers, serving as a union delegate, staff developer, and member of the school Leadership Team. In 2013, Treyger was elected the Council Member of the 47th District. After serving as the Chair of the City Council’s Committee on Recovery and Resiliency from 2014-17, Treyger was selected to serve as the chairperson of the City Council’s Committee on Education in 2018. Since becoming Education Chair, Treyger’s advocacy has led to significant budget victories for schools, including a $125 million investment for Fair Student Funding and $150 million in funding for school accessibility upgrades, helping address inequities in our school system. Treyger has also made meeting the social and emotional needs of students one of his top priorities, fighting for millions in funding to place more social workers and guidance counselors in NYC schools.
CM Donovan Richards
New York City Councilman Donovan Richards
Chairman, Committee on Public Safety
Council Member Donovan Richards, a lifelong resident of Southeast Queens and the Rockaways, was elected to the New York City Council in March 2013. Richards chaired the Environmental Protection committee for two years and was the co-chair of the Mayor’s OneNYC plan, shepherding in the City’s 80 by 20 resiliency plan. Richards was appointed to chair the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises in the second half of his first term. He worked to negotiate and pass Mandatory Inclusionary Housing and Zoning for Quality and Affordability, two affordable housing plans that have captured thousands of affordable units. Richards worked to usher in neighborhood rezonings in East Midtown and East New York, and secured $288 million in investments for his own local rezoning in Far Rockaway. In January 2018, Richards started his second term by being named Chair of the Public Safety Committee. He has held oversight hearings on the NYPD’s crowd control and protest protocols, marijuana enforcement strategies, lack of resources in the Special Victims Division, gang enforcement measures, and school safety. He is also a member of the Council’s Leadership team and lead Council Member on the city’s Fresh program task force.
Jessica Ramos
State Sen. Jessica Ramos
Education Activist
Jessica Ramos has spent her life fighting for working families, advocating for labor, and organizing her local community. Born in Elmhurst to an undocumented seamstress and a printing pressman, Jessica was raised in Astoria, attended Queens public schools, and now lives in Jackson Heights with her two sons. A strong union advocate, Ramos worked with Build Up NYC to fight for construction, building and hotel maintenance workers in New York City. Ramos also worked with SSEU Local 371 and 32BJ SEIU, where she helped building maintenance workers, office cleaners and public schools cleaners win contracts that protected their rights, wages, and benefits. Jessica was a member of Queens Community Board 3 and served as Democratic District Leader in the 39th Assembly District. Jessica sat on the boards of the Jackson Heights Beautification Group and Farmspot, Jackson Heights’ community-supported agriculture (CSA) program. She has received awards for her work with the LGBTQ community and her advocacy on behalf of Women and Minority-Owned Businesses. As the first American-born in her family, Jessica feels a deep sense of responsibility in bridging the gap between immigrant and non-immigrant communities. Jessica credits her love for activism and public service to her parents, Colombian immigrants who fought for and won the right to dual citizenship for Colombian-Americans and founded Siempre Colombia, a not-for-profit organization in Jackson Heights. Jessica does not have a driver’s license—she rides the subway every day.
Bill Chong
Bill Chong
Commissioner, NYC Dept. of Youth and Community Development
Bill Chong was appointed DYCD Commissioner by Mayor Bill de Blasio in January 2014. Previously, he served as Deputy Commissioner for Program Operations at the Department for the Aging, where he oversaw a nearly $200 million services portfolio and fostered a more streamlined and inclusive process for service providers. He also worked to bring more stakeholders into disaster preparedness plans and better protect seniors during emergencies. In eight years at DYCD during a previous tenure, Chong was a leader in implementing the Out-of-School-Time after-school initiative. As Deputy Commissioner for Youth Services and Assistant Commissioner for Capacity Building, he partnered with City agencies to fund over 500 programs across the City, helping reach disadvantaged youth. Chong has held positions at the Citizens Committee for New York City, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the New York City Department of Personnel, and the New York State Division of Human Rights.
Lillian Llambelis
Lillian Llambelis
Deputy Commissioner for Community Partnerships and STEAM Initiatives, NYC Dept. of Design and Construction
Lillian “Lee” Llambelis is the Deputy Commissioner for Community Partnerships and STEAM Initiatives (Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture/Art and Mathematics) Initiatives at the NYC Department of Design and Construction. DC Llambelis leads the agency’s outreach efforts that support educational initiatives intended to create a pipeline for students from middle school through employment. This includes managing various programs, including ACE Team 8 Mentor Program (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering), DDC’s middle school after school program, summer middle school enrichment program, high school internship, and college internship programs. Ms. Llambelis has also created STEAM focused workshop events that highlight the importance of STEAM education, and provide access to students, like Introduce a Girl to Architecture, Engineering and Construction Day and Meet the Builder. DDC STEAM works closely with DOE, DYCD and the ACS Vulnerable Youth Program. STEAM has created a Young Engineers and a Costal Resiliency curricula that is used in DOE Title 1 middle schools across the five boroughs. Ms. Llambelis also oversees Town + Gown, a city-wide university-community partnership program, that brings academics and practitioners together to create actionable knowledge in the built environment. Ms. Llambelis is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the Georgetown University Law Center. She was also a Coro Foundation Fellow in Public Affairs. Prior to attending law school, she served as an assistant press secretary to former Mayor Edward I. Koch.

Registration & Networking Breakfast

Opening Keynote Richard A. Carranza, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education with introduction by Michael D. Nieves, President and CEO, HITN
Remarks by Josef Kannegaard, Principal Policy Analyst, Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness

    School Safety

    Mass acts of violence at schools have unfortunately become a common occurrence in the United States, heightening schools' concerns for the safety of their students and faculty members. New York City has managed to prevent these large scale acts while contending with regular acts of physical misconduct. This panel will discuss what New York City has done right and what potential solutions exist to increase campus safety, including early assessment and intervention for students struggling with mental health issues; facial recognition technology to prevent unwarranted visitors in schools; physical modifications to aging school technology; and other measures focused on the physical health of students.
    • Bill Chong, Commissioner, New York City Department of Youth and Community Development
    • New York City Councilman Donovan Richards, Chairman, Committee on Public Safety
    • New York City Councilman Mark Treyger, Chairman, Committee on Education

    The Future of Standardized Testing

    The college admission scandal has reignited a national conversation around the value of standardized testing for determining the qualifications of prospective students. Similarly, New York City is undergoing intense debate around potentially reforming or completely scrapping the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT), currently the sole determinant of admission into the city's prized specialized high schools. The panelists will discuss the various sides of these contentious issues and more, including access to test prep and the new Adversity Score for the SAT.
    • State Sen. John C. Liu, Chairman, New York City Education Committee
    • Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, Chairman, Education Committee
    • State Sen. Jessica Ramos, Education Activist
    One on One discussion on the "Charter Schools: A Superior Learning Environment or Creating Two Parallel Education Systems?" 

      STEM, Technology, and Innovative Programs

      New York continues to prioritize STEM-based education in a host of ways, including upgrading classrooms thanks to funding from initiatives like Smart Schools Bond Act and offering various after-school programs. Some focus on working with girls and underrepresented minorities outside of the normal school day, while others are training teachers how to promote high quality programs and classes for their students. This panel will discuss the effectiveness of various strategies aiming to enhance well rounded youth both inside and outside of the classroom.
      • State Sen. Shelley Mayer, Chairwoman, Education Committee
      • Lillian Llabmelis, Deputy Commissioner for Community Partnerships and STEAM, New York City Department of Design and Construction
      • Rachel Pratt, SVP, Youth and Community Services, New York Road Runners

      Equity, Access, and Affording Higher Education

      Education institutions in NY are dealing with issues of diversity in schools, affordability and role of race in college admissions. In New York, Governor Cuomo rolled out the Excelsior Scholarship, which offers options including tuition-free and debt-free college as well specialty college to qualifying students at public institutions. There are educational challenges that traditional public schools are not equipped to deal with, but NY is making strides in this area. This session explores possible reforms to the educational system offerings, and more.
      • Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Chair, Higher Education Committee
      • John D'Agati, Deputy Commissioner, Higher Education, New York State Education Department
      Event Concludes
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