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.
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
CM Donovan Richards
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.
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.
Mark Treyger
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.
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.
Marsha Pollard
Marsha Pollard
Provost, Berkeley College
Marsha Pollard, Ph.D., was named Provost of Berkeley College in December 2018. Dr. Pollard has nearly two decades of experience in academic administration, strategic planning, and operational roles at top-ranked national universities. At Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY, Dr. Pollard was responsible for faculty recruitment, professional development, and retention initiatives. She worked to develop better early intervention systems for at-risk students, more integrated advisement systems, and improved student retention and graduation rates. Also during that time, Dr. Pollard served as the academic affairs liaison to The State University of New York system office and the New York State Department of Education. Throughout her career, she has established educational, community, and business partnerships with a focus on expanding workforce-relevant academic programs that create career pathways for students. During her tenure at New York University (NYU) in Manhattan, NY, Dr. Pollard managed operations at the School of Social Work. She led the development of certificate programs at the NYU School of Professional Studies (formerly the School of Continuing and Professional Studies) in fields such as law, technology, and finance. Dr. Pollard holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from New York University; an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University; and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Florida.
Rachel Pratt, Senior Vice President, Youth and Community Services at New York Road Runners.
Rachel Pratt
Senior Vice President, Youth and Community Services, New York Road Runners
Rachel Pratt joined NYRR as the Senior Vice President, Youth & Community Services in September 2015. She oversees all of NYRR's youth and community services programs, including Rising New York Road Runners, our new, comprehensive free youth fitness program featuring an updated, research-based curriculum, customizable digital tools and resources, and fee-free registration for events in the New York City area. Pratt is an accomplished non-profit leader with an extensive background in the non-profit sector and New York City government. Before coming to NYRR, she held for eight years the role of CEO of the Adoption Exchange Association, a national membership organization and the lead agency in AdoptUsKids, the Children’s Bureau’s national initiative to recruit and support foster and adoptive families for waiting children. Previously, she served for 12 years at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, with nearly three years spent as Assistant Commissioner, managing a staff of 500 with responsibility for more than 17,000 children in foster care. Pratt is an experienced trainer, presenter, and group facilitator. She has taught public policy in graduate programs at New York University and New School University. She has presented on youth fitness, adoption, and child welfare throughout the United States and Canada, and has authored several articles and publications on child welfare. Pratt holds an M.S. in non-profit management from New School University. She began running in 2008, motivated by a 25-year-old promise to someday run a marathon. She ran her first marathon the following year and has been running ever since. Pratt is the mother of three children (including two former Mighty Milers and current runners!) and lives with her family in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Lorraine Grillo
Lorraine Grillo
President, New York City School Construction Authority
During eight years as President of the NYC School Construction Authority Lorraine Grillo has overseen the rehab of City schools following Superstorm Sandy and the addition of almost 8,800 seats for the Mayor’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten initiative. The SCA began this school year opening eight new primary, intermediate and high school facilities, six new facilities for the UPK initiative and having completed over 300 capital improvement projects. In July, Lorraine added a completely new set of challenges when she also became Commissioner of the NYC Department of Design and Construction, the City’s primary capital construction project manager that builds public buildings and infrastructure projects for 29 client agencies. DDC’s 1,300+ employees are currently managing a portfolio approaching $14 billion in value. Her mission at the agency is to develop ways for DDC to streamline its practices, to better navigate the City’s complex regulatory environment and to renew focus on the timely delivery of great projects.
Lesley Massiah-Arthur
Lesley Massiah-Arthur
Associate VP, Government Relations and Urban Affairs, Fordham University
Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in the Bronx, New York, Lesley Massiah-Arthur is the Associate Vice President for Government Relations and Urban Affairs at Fordham University. Prior to her tenure at Fordham, Lesley worked for the NYS Assembly Ways and Means Committee as a legislative budget analyst specializing in housing, judiciary and higher education issues. Lesley has distinguished herself as one of the leading lobbyists for higher education in New York State. From economic development to education law to scientific research, she impresses many with her in-depth understanding of complex issues that face the higher education industry. Whether it is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Pell grants, the New York State Tuition Assistance Program, the Higher Education Opportunity Program, congestion pricing, the DREAM Act or securing funding sources for Fordham’s own institutional goals, the energy and passion that Lesley brings to any cause are almost inexhaustible – often working behind the scenes to improve the lives of New York’s college students and their families. She believes that meaningful change is possible and the future of America is in the hands of those who question the state of the world around them and decide to be active in government and civic affairs. Beyond her work for Fordham, Lesley has lent her time and influence towards a number of initiatives including voter registration, after-school and summer programming for our youth and improving services for one of New York City’s largest Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORC). Lesley received her Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany and Master of Arts degree from Fordham University. A 2009 Coro Fellow, Lesley also holds professional certificates from Yale University and the University at Michigan. Lesley has been the recipient of a number of awards, including City and State’s “Above & Beyond Award for Outstanding Women in Public Service,” Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy (State University of New York at Albany) “Distinguished Alumna in Political Science” Award, the Bronx Free Press and Manhattan Times “Women of Distinction Award,” and The Association of Professional Administrators of CSTEP and STEP Programs Outstanding Service Award. Lesley is a member of the American Political Science Association, National Conference of Black Political Scientists, American Association of Political Consultants, Government Affairs Professionals, and the New York Women’s Foundation. She also served as a Board Member for the Coro National Alumni Association and as a Board Member for the Union Community Health Center. Lesley resides in Mount Vernon, New York with her husband, Jason Arthur, and daughter Leighton.
Naftuli Moster
Naftuli Moster
Executive Director, Yaffed
Naftuli Moster is the Executive Director of Young Advocates for Fair Education (Yaffed). He grew up in Borough Park and attended Hasidic Yeshivas (elementary and high schools). In 2012 he founded Yaffed after discovering the gaps in his and his friends’ elementary and high school education. Moster graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in psychology from the College of Staten Island and went on to receive a Master’s in social work from Hunter College.
Rachel Gazdick
Rachael Gazdick
Chief Executive Officer, New York Edge
Rachael Gazdick is the chief executive officer of New York Edge, the metropolitan region’s largest provider of afterschool programs. With more than twenty years’ experience in education advocacy, Rachael has dedicated her career to building equity in education. Prior to joining New York Edge in May 2019, Rachael served as president and chief executive officer of Colorado’s “I Have A Dream” Foundation (CIHAD), a nonprofit organization focused on empowering children from low-income communities to succeed in school, college, and career. Over the course of her more than six years at the helm of CIHAD, Rachael grew the organization’s single-class model to a school-wide program, expanding the nonprofit’s reach to more than 700 children. She also dramatically increased the nonprofit’s fundraising results, tripling donations raised at the organization’s annual gala and doubling gifts from grants and individuals. Before her time at CIHAD, Rachael served as the executive director of Say Yes to Education Syracuse, a nonprofit community-wide partnership focused on supporting public school children attain, afford, and complete a college or other postsecondary education. In her four years at the organization, she expanded the program to 31 schools and 22,000 students. While in Syracuse, Racheal also served numerous roles at Syracuse University. From 1999 to 2012, she was an assistant professor for the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies. From 2001 to 2008, Rachael was associate director and then director of Syracuse University’s Office of Community Engagement and Integrative Learning, where she ran an array of community-focused programs and social justice initiatives. From 1999 to 2001, Rachael served as the executive director of Near East Side Community Development Organization of Syracuse (NESCO), focusing on job placement, training, mentoring and youth programs. She began her career with Teach for America, serving as a special needs teacher in South West Louisiana for two years. Rachael has a master’s degree in education from Harvard University, a master’s degree in social work from Boston College, where she focused on needs assessments, grant writing, nonprofit management, and community mobilization, and a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Syracuse University.
Michael Nieves
President and CEO, HITN
Michael D. Nieves is President and CEO of HITN,the largest non-commercial, Spanish language television network in the United States. Since taking the role in 2015, Mr. Nieves has pushed the boundaries of HITN’s commitment to provide its viewers with educational and entertaining content by working with some of the most important producers in the world from BBC, Discovery, NatGeo, and CNET to create a carefully curated list of programs for its viewers. Also, under his stewardship, HITN has added 10 million new households to its viewing audience to now reach more than 44 million households nationwide. HITN has even received three Emmy nominations in 2016—its first time since HITN’s inception in 1981. During the 2016 elections, Mr. Nieves called for the creation of, Tu Momento, an HITN original program designed to explain the U.S. presidential electoral process—from state primaries to inauguration day—to its Hispanic viewers in an effort to increase their voter participation. The program was awarded the Social Good Leader Award of 2016 by Cynopsis Media. Mr. Nieves comes to HITN with a distinguished career in government and political consulting. For over 25 years, Mr. Nieves has helped build the political landscape in New York by serving as a strategic and policy advisor and consultant to numerous elected officials and campaigns across New York City and New York State.
Josef Kannegaard
Principal Policy Analyst, Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness
Josef Kannegaard is principal policy analyst at the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness (ICPH), leading both ICPH’s national and New York City-based policy analysis and research. Prior to leading the policy team, he focused on issues of poverty and homelessness in New York City, contributing quantitative analysis to publications such as The Atlas of Student Homelessness in New York City. Before joining ICPH in 2011, Josef worked for Charles Group Consulting in Boston. Josef holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Bachelors’ degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.
Brian L Johnson
Brian L. Johnson
Vice President, Mercy College
Dr. Brian L. Johnson serves as Vice President, Mercy College (Dobbs Ferry, NY) overseeing campus operations as senior administrator of the Manhattan New York campus. Dr. Johnson formerly served as the seventh President of Tuskegee University. Dr. Johnson received a Ph.D. in 17th-19th Century American literature at The University of South Carolina at Columbia (2003), a M.A. in English from The University of Wisconsin-Madison (1998) and a B.A. in English from Johnson C. Smith University Among several administrative and academic fellowships, he has been named a (2012-2013) (A.C.E.) American Council of Education Fellow (Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis Chancellor’s Office/IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy), a (2012-2013) (A.A.S.C.U.) Association of American Schools and Colleges and Universities Millennium Leadership Initiative Fellow, a (2011-2012) Tennessee Board of Regents Maxine Smith Fellow (Tennessee Higher Education Commission), a (2011-2012) (C.C.C.U.) Consortium of Christian Colleges and Universities rising senior administrative (MELDI) Fellowship, a (2006-2007) Woodrow Wilson/Career Enhancement Sabbatical Fellow, a (2006-2007) Civic Engagement Scholar within the J. McDonald Williams Institute-Dallas, Texas, a (2005-2007) Lilly Foundation/Center for Christian Studies Fellow (Gordon College, Wenham, MA), a (2004-2005) non-resident fellow within the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Studies (Harvard University) and a (2003- Present) Andrew W. Mellon-Benjamin Mays Postdoctoral Fellowship. Dr. Johnson is also the editor and author of (7) academic and scholarly books: (2) books on William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, W.E.B. Du Bois: Toward Agnosticism (2008)and Du Bois on Reform: Periodical-based Leadership for African Americans (2005); co-editor of (4) volumes on American History in the Conflicts in American History Series (2010)--Volume 3: Civil War, Volume 4: Reconstruction, Volume 7: The Long Civil Rights Movement and Volume 8: Towards the Next American Century; author of (1) institutional history of a historically black college and university—his alma mater, Johnson C. Smith University—titled, The Yancy Years: the Age of Infrastructure, Technology and Restoration (2008). At Mercy Manhattan, Dr. Johnson is responsible for growing partnerships for the campus with academic, business and community organizations to increasing awareness for the newly launched campus (September 2019) situated in Herald Square.
Frances Bronet - Photographer Lyndon French
Frances Bronet
President, Pratt Institute
Frances Bronet became Pratt Institute’s 12th president on January 2, 2018. Before coming to Pratt, Bronet, a distinguished educator and leader at the forefront of interdisciplinary learning, served as senior vice president and provost at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago starting in 2015. Previously, she served as acting provost at the University of Oregon; before that she was the Dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts (now the College of Design) from 2005-2014. Bronet began her academic career as a faculty member in the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1985. She also held positions of associate dean of architecture, professor of architecture, and acting dean of the School. Bronet is past president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), as well as past chancellor for the ACSA College of Distinguished Professors. She is the co-founder of the ACSA Women’s Leadership Council. For more than two decades, Bronet has been developing and publishing work on multidisciplinary design curricula connecting architecture, engineering, science, technology and society (humanities and social sciences), dance, and fine and electronic arts. She has received extensive funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities/Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (NEH/FIPSE) for work on new pedagogical models using design for technical and/or interdisciplinary learning. Selected publications include: “Quilting Space: Alternative Models for Architectural and Construction Practice,” in Research in Science and Technology Studies: Gender and Work; “Space-in-the-Making,”
in Geographies of Dance; “Teaching the Design: Feminist Practice,” with Linda Layne, anthropologist, in Feminist Technologies; and “Product Design and Innovation: The Evolution of an Interdisciplinary Design Curriculum,” in International Journal for Engineering Education (with Gary Gabriele, et al). Bronet installed the NEA-funded performance “Don’t Leave Me” with nationally acclaimed choreographer Alito Alessi, his award-winning mixed-abilities company DanceAbility, University of Oregon faculty and dancers, and renowned Knight Professor and electronic musician Jeff Stolet—in a set of choreographed action installations examining the relationship between space and movement in 2016 for the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., as well as in Oregon and New Mexico. Before that, Bronet’s series of funded interactive full-scale architecture, construction, and dance performance/installations (“Beating a Path” and “SpillOut”) with the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company received critical acclaim. Her first-year design studios have collaborated with Doug Varone, Terry Creach, Emmy Award-winner Branda Miller, the Berkshire Ballet, MacArthur recipient Elizabeth Streb, and the Sandra Burton Dance Company for these “Design in Movement” projects. Bronet has been named an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Distinguished Professor and a DesignIntelligence Most Admired Educator (2011 and 2014). She is a recipient of the 2001 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching New York Professor of the Year and the 2001 William H. Wiley Distinguished Professor Award for excellence in teaching, research, service, and contributions to the university and community. She has given papers and presentations in the United States and around the world on topics such as interdisciplinary practice, leadership and education, the continuum of art and science learning, design and entrepreneurship, and sustainable strategies. Bronet holds three undergraduate degrees from McGill University in Montreal: a BSc in Architecture and professional degrees in both architecture and civil (structural) engineering, coupled with a diploma in management. After seven years in professional practice, she earned an MS in Architectural Design from Columbia University. She was licensed by the Ordre des Architectes du Quebec in 1982, and has practiced in multiple offices in Canada and New York, including her own, in Montreal. Bronet is married to Jeff Paules. They have two children, Ileana and Asher.

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.
    • Jeff Coltin, City Reporter, City & State NY (moderator)
    • Bill Chong, Commissioner, New York City Department of Youth and Community Development
    • David Antar, President, A+ Technology & Security Solutions & A+ Stem Labs
    • New York City Councilman Donovan Richards, Chairman, Committee on Public Safety
    • New York City Councilman Mark Treyger, Chairman, Committee on Education
    Introduction by Lorraine Grillo, President, New York City School Construction Authority

    Collaborative Strategies that Address Equity, Access and Affordability

    Education institutions in NY are dealing with issues of diversity in schools, affordability, traditional and non-traditional students, and the role of race in college admissions. This panel will explore collaborative models that provide pathways to degrees and career credentials and how NY is addressing challenges in college and career readiness. Other topics will include the advantages and disadvantages of the Excelsior Scholarship, which offers tuition-free college, and how public policy can integrate with the components of community networks that are essential to student success.
    • Frances Bronet, President, Pratt Institute (moderator)
    • State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky, Chairwoman, Higher Education Committee
    • Christopher Fernando, Supervisor of Education Programs from the Office of Postsecondary Access, Support and Success , New York State Education Department
    • Marsha Pollard, Provost, Berkeley College
    • Brian L. Johnson, Vice President, Mercy College
    • Lesley A. Massiah-Arthur, Associate Vice President for Government Relations and Urban Affairs, Fordham University
    • Ruth Taylor, National Educational Specialist, Edgenuity
    Remarks by Naftuli Moster, Executive Director of Yaffed, on "Substantial Equivalency" and Nonpublic Schools




    Remarks by Holly Lynch, Citizen, Advocate



    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.
    • Brian Beedenbender, VP of Sales, Teq (moderator)
    • State Sen. Shelley Mayer, Chairwoman, Education Committee
    • Lillian Llambelis, 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
    • Bill Baccaglini, President & CEO, The New York Foundling
    • Bill Waibel, President, Steam Concepts
    • Rachael Gazdick, CEO, New York Edge

    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 how adding STEM curriculum might more impact state standardized test scores, test prep, and the new Adversity Score for the SAT.
    • Reema Amin, Reporter, Chalkbeat New York (moderator)
    • State Sen. John C. Liu, Chairman, New York City Education Committee
    • Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, Chairman, Education Committee
    • Ayana Smith, Co-Leader, Teen's Take Charge Press Team

    Event Concludes

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