Educators from across the United States are gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, for the KnowledgeWorks Experience Conference, “Education is a Civil Right – Early College Delivering on the Promise.” Part of the promise of our country to its citizens is political and social freedom and equality. Necessary to achieve these rights is a high quality education, something that is out of reach for too many of our students. Early college helps deliver on this promise.
This morning we kicked things off with Dr. James Johnson, Jr., who spoke about the implications of demographic changes for our nation and our education system.
Dr. Johnson spoke about 6 disruptive trends he’s seeing in demographic changes, all of which have implications for educators. Among them, populations are shifting in the United States towards the South and West, more and more people are marrying out of race, the “Silver Tsunami” is about to hit and and the educational and financial success of men is declining. The data and questions posed by Dr. Johnson set the stage for some rich discussions between educators, school leaders and school partners about the power of early college and future of education.
In between our fabulous keynote addresses, the nearly 200 attendees of the KnowledgeWorks Experience conference attended sessions led by experts in student supports, special education in an early college setting, conducting a successful summer bridge program, communication, policy, and partnerships between early colleges, business and government.
The day was capped off with a dinner and socializing networking opportunity at the beautiful Center for Human and Civil Rights, a setting which gave context to the long and still continuing fight for civil rights around the world.