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Education Funders Group Meeting December

Monday, November 15, 2021
10:00am - 11:30am

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Program information coming soon. 
 

Quarterly Dates

Tuesday, March 2 | 10:00am - 11:30am Learn more >>>

Wednesday, May 5 | 10:00am - 11:30am Learn more >>>

Tuesday, August 17 | 10:00am - 11:30am Learn more >>>
 

About Education Funders Group

Meeting for over a decade, the Education Funders Group brings philanthropic funders together to learn about issues, trends and needs in the field of education to inform individual and collective grantmaking. Ideas for topics are proposed by funders, who work with the co-chairs to organize a learning session. This year, EFG will continue to explore Community School Models, Education Policy and Advocacy, and Workforce Development and Career Technical Education.


Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG and EFG members only

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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Education Funders Group Meeting: California’s State Budget and its Impact on K-12 School Funding

Tuesday, August 17, 2021
10:00am - 11:30am

SCG’s Education Funders Group invites you to join us for a follow-up conversation from our March meeting on California Governor Gavin Newsom’s May revised state budget proposal. We will explore how the historic $121.7 billion budget will affect K-12 education programs and assist with COVID-19 recovery.  We will also consider the role of philanthropy in leveraging this unprecedented investment of public funds.   

The Education Funders Group brings philanthropic funders together quarterly to learn about issues, trends, and needs in the field of education to inform individual and collective grantmaking. Over the years, the group has explored a variety of topics, including early childhood education, after-school programming, parent engagement, blended learning, linked learning, STEM, implementation of the common core, and college access/college success. 

 

Speakers

Niu Gao

Research Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California

Niu Gao is a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, specializing in K–12 education. Her areas of interest include math and science education, digital learning in K–12 schools, and student transition from high school to college. Prior to joining PPIC, she worked as a quantitative policy analyst at Stanford. She holds a PhD in educational policy and an MS in economics from Florida State University.

David Lauck

Chief Financial Officer, Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

David Lauck is Alliance's Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for accounting, finance, payroll and procurement.

Prior to returning to Los Angeles in 2016, David served as Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director for Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy, a network of public charter schools in Rhode Island. There he oversaw the financial planning, budgeting, reporting and analysis functions for the organization, as well as provided support for several school leaders. Previously, David participated in The Broad Residency in Urban Education (Class of 2009-2011), serving his two-year Residency as the Director of Finance and Accounting at KIPP LA Schools – a network of public charter schools serving students in East and South Los Angeles.

Prior to joining The Broad Residency, David filled a variety of transactional and analytical roles during more than ten years in the investment banking and asset management industries.  David holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Virginia and a MBA from the University of Virginia.

Peter Rivera

Education Program Officer, Hewlett Foundation

Peter Rivera is an Education Program Officer at the Hewlett Foundation. He works with our Deeper Learning partners to spread, scale, and support educators in effective teaching and learning practices.

Previously, Peter served as program and policy development advisor for the nation’s second largest school district, Los Angeles Unified. He worked on scaling new high school math courses, developing a school performance framework, and implementing district-wide improvement science efforts. From 2010-2016, Peter worked as a senior program officer at the California Community Foundation, where his grantmaking supported nonprofits and educational institutions in Los Angeles. Peter also conducted charter school oversight as a program manager/program monitor for the San Diego Unified School District. He began his career in education at the Long Beach Unified School District.

Peter holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California Los Angeles, and a masters degree in public policy from the University of Southern California. He is a Los Angeles native and enjoys supporting his hometown sports teams.

Vickie Ramos Harris

Director of Educational Equity, Advancement Project California

Vickie Ramos Harris serves as Director of Educational Equity for Advancement Project California. She is responsible for leading early childhood policy and advocacy in Los Angeles and across California as well as fostering opportunities to increase education equity in the public education system, including supporting the diverse needs of our English Learners and communities of color.  Prior to joining Advancement Project, Vickie served as Chief of Staff to the Board Vice-President at LAUSD, and State Policy Director at Early Edge California engaging in local, state, and federal advocacy and supported major policy advancements including creating a new grade level in California (transitional kindergarten) and expanding bilingual education access at LAUSD.  Vickie holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Pomona College, and a master’s degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. 

Ryan Smith

Chief External Officer, Partnership for Los Angeles Schools

Prior to joining the Partnership, Ryan was the Executive Director of the Education Trust-West and Vice President of Strategic Advocacy for the Education Trust, an education civil rights organization dedicated to closing opportunity gaps. At The Education Trust-West, Ryan worked on producing actionable, accessible research and advocacy tools that reached state policymakers and on-the-ground community advocates and education leaders alike. Ryan also led the team’s development and production of Black Minds Matter: Supporting the Educational Success of Black Students in California, and The Majority Report: Supporting the Educational Success of Latino Students in California. Before Ed Trust, Ryan served as the Director of Education Programs and Policy for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, where Ryan was responsible for education program and policy efforts for the organization.

After having the honor of launching the Partnership’s Family and Community Engagement Team and founding the Parent College Program, Ryan has returned as their Chief External Officer. In this role, Ryan is responsible for strategic and operational oversight of the Partnership’s development, communications, policy and advocacy, and family and community engagement initiatives. Recently, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond appointed Ryan as a Co-Chair of his Closing the Achievement Gap Initiative.

Ryan hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from UCLA, and Ryan is also pursuing a Doctorate of Education (EdD) from UCLA. Ryan served as an Annie E. Casey Children and Family Fellow and a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys museums, traveling, volunteering, and overall angelic trouble-making.

 

Quarterly Dates

Tuesday, March 2 | 10:00am - 11:30am Learn more >>

Wednesday, May 5 | 10:00am - 11:30am Learn more >>>

Tuesday, August 17 | 10:00am - 11:30am Learn more >>>

Wednesday, December 1 | 10:00am - 11:30am Learn more >>>
 

About Education Funders Group

Meeting for over a decade, the Education Funders Group brings philanthropic funders together to learn about issues, trends and needs in the field of education to inform individual and collective grantmaking. Ideas for topics are proposed by funders, who work with the co-chairs to organize a learning session. This year, EFG will continue to explore Community School Models, Education Policy and Advocacy, and Workforce Development and Career Technical Education.


Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG and EFG members only

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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Digital Equity in the California Legislature: The Golden State’s Historic Opportunity

Friday, June 25, 2021
11:00am - 12:30pm

A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, students continue to experience digital inequity. According to the Brookings Institute, almost 10 million students—half of whom are students of color—do not have the home internet services necessary for remote learning in 2021. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, connectivity and technology gaps persist across the state among low-income, African American, and Latino households. In Sacramento, tackling the digital divides has received top billing among pundits and decision makers. Oftentimes inaccessible, the conversation usually remains within the confines of the Capitol.

Join the Michelson 20MM Foundation, the California Community Foundation, and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation on June 25th, 2021, as we shift the paradigm through our next Connecting California event: Digital Equity in the California Legislature: The Golden State’s Historic Opportunity. The program will feature policymakers determined to uplift what is often described as one of the most pressing social justice issues of our time. 

 

Speakers

Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry

4th California Assembly District

In November 2016, Cecilia Aguiar-Curry was elected to the California Assembly to represent the 4th District that includes all or parts of Napa, Lake, Yolo, Sonoma, Colusa and Solano counties. Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry introduced Assembly Bill 14, “The Internet for All Act of 2021,” to bridge the digital divide. She first served as planning commissioner and then was elected to the city council eventually serving as the first female mayor of her hometown of Winters. With the understanding that employment is central to any successful community, Aguiar-Curry helped bring a PG&E training facility to Winters that provided hundreds of jobs for local residents. She was also involved in efforts to create the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument in the inner California Coast Ranges that was proclaimed by President Obama in 2015.

Senator Anna M. Caballero

12th California Senate District

Anna M. Caballero, was elected in November 2018 to the California State Senate to represent the 12th Senate District, which includes the Salinas Valley, San Benito County, Merced County and portions of Stanislaus, Madera and Fresno counties. Senator Caballero first encountered digital inequity as a councilwoman in the city of Salinas, where bridging the digital divide was crucial to strengthening the business and commercial opportunities for growth and the redevelopment of downtown Salinas. Caballero is the author of Senate Bill 28, the “Rural Broadband and Digital Infrastructure Video Competition Reform Act of 2021.”

Senator Lena A. Gonzalez

33rd California Senate District

Lena A. Gonzalez was first elected to the State Senate to represent the 33rd District in June 2019. As State Senator, she represents nearly 1 million residents in Southeast Los Angeles, Signal Hill, portions of South Los Angeles and Lakewood, and her hometown of Long Beach. At the beginning of the 2021 legislative session, Senator Gonzalez introduced Senate Bill 4, “The Broadband for All Act,” to help close the digital divide. To date, Gonzalez has worked on over 70 measures that have been introduced at the state legislature. Prior to her time in the Senate, Gonzalez worked for Microsoft where she led social impact programs on digital skills, the future of work and criminal justice reform. She also served on the Long Beach City Council from 2014-2019, representing 50,000 residents in Downtown Long Beach, including the Port of Long Beach.

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If you missed our Connecting California events, you can find the recordings on our #ConnectingCA YouTube playlist. Michelson 20MM was founded thanks to the generous support of renowned spinal surgeon and inventor Dr. Gary K. Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson. The Michelson 20MM Foundation is dedicated to supporting and investing in leading organizations, technologies, and initiatives that seek to transform learning and improve access to educational opportunities that lead to a meaningful career. Learn more at www.20mm.org.


Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG members

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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Why Care About Care? Our Economy Depends on It

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
10:00am - 11:00am

Millions of Americans rely on caregivers to look after their children and aging parents. The demand for care is rising and often out of reach, forcing individuals to look within and provide the necessary care themselves to their loved ones.

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The Power of Connectivity: How Internet Innovators are Closing the Digital Divide

Thursday, May 20, 2021
9:00am - 10:30am

Join the Michelson 20MM Foundation on May 20, 2021, for The Power of Connectivity: How Internet Innovators Are Closing the Digital Divide. 

As COVID-19 brought the urgent need for rapid and comprehensive connectivity solutions to the fore. In response, inventors, entrepreneurs, researchers, and other innovators from public and private sectors collaborated to rapidly develop technology and strategic partnerships for universal, affordable broadband internet access. During the next Connecting California event, a panel of bold, pragmatic experts will share their work and learnings from building solutions that can close the divide for all students, educators, and families. 

In August 2020, Michelson 20MM launched its Connecting California learning series, which convenes the public, private and philanthropic sectors. Connecting California seeks to strengthen collective understanding of the history and root causes of the “digital divides”–the economic and educational gaps created by inequitable access to high-speed internet, computing devices, and digital literacy resources. Featuring business leaders, digital equity practitioners, philanthropic investors and policymakers, Connecting California provides a forum that speaks to different facets of the complex landscape for building digital equity solutions at national, state and local levels. 

 

Speakers

Seth Hoedl
President & Chief Science Officer, Post Road Foundation

Seth A. Hoedl is the President, Chief Science Officer and Co-founder of the Post Road Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit  that develops new models for impact investment in infrastructure to help communities build a more sustainable and equitable future. Post Road focuses particularly on structuring intelligent infrastructure projects designed to eliminate the digital divide, reduce greenhouse gas emissions through advanced electric grid technologies, and drive adoption of cutting-edge educational, health care, and other broadband-enabled services.

Prior to co-founding Post Road, Seth was an independent Energy and Climate Consultant and an experimental physicist.  He has advised government, university and corporate clients on microgrids, distributed energy resources, and voluntary greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies.  As a physicist, he helped run a biotech startup company as the Director of R&D and Chief Science Officer where he helped bring two medical devices for cancer therapy to market and raised several million dollars in non-dilutive financing.  He has also built experiments looking for particles of dark matter.

Joanne Hovis
CEO, Coalition for Local Internet Choice; President, CTC Technology and Energy

Joanne Hovis is a nationally recognized authority on broadband markets and on the evolving role of public–private partnerships in the provision of communications services to the public. For more than 20 years, she has directed CTC’s consulting services related to strategic planning, market analysis, business modeling, grant funding, and financial analysis for localities, states, and tribal governments throughout the country.

Joanne leads the CTC teams that advise the states of Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, and New Mexico; the cities of Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle; and the statewide broadband networks in Colorado, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. She also leads CTC’s advisory work regarding federal broadband funding programs.

Joanne has testified before Congress on rural broadband, broadband public‐private partnerships, and the digital divide, and has provided expert presentations to the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities, and other national organizations.

Joanne is also CEO of the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC) and a member of the boards of directors of the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society, Consumer Reports, and the Fiber Broadband Association. She is a former president of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA).  

Bruce Patterson
Director of Technology, Entry Point Networks

Bruce Patterson is the Director of EntryPoint’s Solution Services. Mr. Patterson is the recognized thought leader behind the ‘Ammon Model’ which focuses on the separation of infrastructure from services both technically and economically, thereby allowing the infrastructure to be treated as a true public utility while enabling private competition for services. During his tenure at the City of Ammon, Bruce was responsible for the creation and management of the Ammon Fiber Network. He managed everything from strategy and implementation including legal, public process, financial, construction, and technical aspects. It is Bruce’s work that has led to the Ammon Fiber Network being identified as the “Best Fiber Optic Network in America.”

As Director of EntryPoint’s Solution Services, Mr. Patterson assists municipalities with network planning, feasibility analysis, network design, cost projections, construction oversight and network operations and management. Mr. Patterson believes that municipal fiber networks can and should be used for applications that go beyond “fast internet”. Applications such as emergency response and public safety. Mr. Patterson led Ammon to a first-place challenge award from the National Institute of Justice in 2015 with an ‘emergency screencast application’. The SDN infrastructure created by this challenge is still used today by the local public safety answering point to provide live video updates to local law enforcement when responding to events within Idaho Joint School District 93’s campuses. Mr. Patterson has also served as a co-principal investigator for two National Science Foundation research projects focused on public safety communications: NSF #1258486 – Network Slicing for Emergency Communications and NSF #1647264 –Dynamic Public Safety Response through a Municipal Software Defined Infrastructure.

Preston Rhea
Director of Engineering, Policy Program, Monkeybrains

Preston Rhea has over a decade of experience in telecommunications engineering and public interest advocacy. As Director of Engineering, Policy Program at Monkeybrains, Preston coordinates partnerships with  governments to build public fiber to affordable housing, breaks down barriers to affordable internet in  large apartment buildings, and advances Monkeybrains’ gigabit network penetration in underserved  areas. Preston developed the public policy program while managing the technician team at  Monkeybrains for four years.

Prior to joining Monkeybrains in 2015, Preston worked at Code for America developing civic  engagement practices with city governments and networks of civic technologists, developed and  implemented a field curriculum for community wireless network deployment at the Open Technology  Institute in Washington, DC, and worked at a content delivery network startup in Beijing, China. He  holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Christopher Mitchell
Director Community Broadband Networks Initiative, Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) in Minneapolis. Mitchell created MuniNetworks.org, the comprehensive online clearinghouse of information about local government policies to improve Internet access. Their interactive community broadband network map tracks more than 500 such networks. He also hosts audio and video shows, including Community Broadband Bits, Connect This!, and Building Local Power. He tweets @communitynets.

 

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Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and Catalyst members and eligible non-members

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
NCG & Catalyst members: Please contact [email protected] to register.
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact us.
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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Education Funders Group Meeting: The L.A. Compact and its Role in Transforming LA’s Cradle-to-Career Education Systems

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
10:00am - 11:30am

SCG’s Education Funders Group invites you to join us for a conversation about the history, accomplishments, and current initiatives of the L.A. Compact. For over a decade, the L.A. Compact has acted as a bridge builder - convening and mobilizing leaders from education, workforce, government, and community organizations to close the education and workforce gaps caused by systemic inequities and racism. The event will feature a panel of leaders from UNITE-LA (which serves as the convener of the L.A. Compact) and L.A. Compact member organizations.  The panel will share highlights from collaborative efforts across the cradle-to-career continuum, including initiatives to: improve teacher training pathways; expand the Community Schools model; and increase college access and persistence. We will also get a first look at the new L.A. Compact Charting Progress Data Dashboard that provides a holistic view of student success in the L.A. region. Finally, the California Community Foundation will share updates from the Higher Ed Funder’s Collaborative and current initiatives that align with the L.A. Compact’s goals.

 

Quarterly Dates

Tuesday, March 2 | 10:00am - 11:30am Learn more >>>

Tuesday, August 17 | 10:00am - 11:30am Learn more >>>

Wednesday, December 1 | 10:00am - 11:30am Learn more >>>
 

 

Speakers

Dr. Lisa Catanzarite

Vice President of Research and Evaluation at UNITE-LA

Dr. Lisa Catanzarite is Vice President of Research and Evaluation at UNITE-LA, where she oversees all research and evaluation design, data collection, analysis, and reporting; leads strategic learning, and co-leads strategic planning and anti-racism/equity efforts. Dr. Catanzarite leads or co-leads several workgroups of the L.A. Compact—a cradle-to-career collective impact initiative—and serves on national, statewide, and local research, evaluation, and equity advisory groups and workgroups. Recent engagements include the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; UnidosUS; and the California Department of Education.

Prior to entering the nonprofit field, Catanzarite made contributions to academia as a Senior Research Sociologist and Professor of Sociology and of Urban Studies and Planning at U.C. San Diego, UCLA, and Washington State University (tenured). Her research record centers on social inequalities, specifically gender and race/ethnicity in labor markets; immigration; poverty; and education. In addition to her academic background, Dr. Catanzarite held private-sector research and administrative positions in the San Francisco Bay Area and San Diego. She completed a B.A. in history, dual M.A.s in education and sociology, and a Ph.D. in sociology (Stanford University), as well as a post-doctoral fellowship in sociology (UCLA).  Dr. Catanzarite is a thought leader with a theoretical and practical understanding of social inequalities and a long-standing commitment to equity, anti-racism, social justice, and economic mobility. 

Dr. Cathy R. Creasia

Director of Accreditation and Credentialing at UCS’s Rossier School of Education

Dr. Cathy R. Creasia is the Director of Accreditation and Credentialing at UCS’s Rossier School of Education. She is also an Adjunct Professor (Education Specialists track) as well as a current member of the CCTC Commission on Accreditation. As a current Education Specialist credentialed teacher, she taught most recently in LAUSD prior to becoming higher education staff/adjunct faculty. She also spent time during her career specializing in math intervention strategies. Cathy has also served on the Board of Directors for Environmental Charter Schools in Lawndale, CA and has served on many CTC committees and task forces regarding Education Specialist standards and initiatives

Cathy holds her Doctorate in Education from USC, Masters in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from USC’s School of Business, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing with a Minor in African American Studies from CSULB. Cathy’s mission is to promote a pedagogy of diversity and enable teachers to increase educational outcomes for all students through distinctive instructional leadership and research that will promote change in policies and/or organizational systems in order to maximize each individual student’s educational outcomes, success and quality of life.

Carrie Lemmon

Senior Director for Systems Change Strategy at UNITE-LA

As Senior Director for Systems Change Strategy at UNITE-LA, Carrie Lemmon leads the strategic advancement of the L.A. Compact partnership and facilitates the development of collaborative solutions to complex social challenges in the public sector. She is driven by a passion for not only public service but also the power to transform systems and change the odds for youth who are deprived of equal opportunities to succeed in school, career, and life. In her role with the L.A. Compact, Carrie is particularly focused on facilitating cross-sector engagement around issues related to community schools, transition-age foster youth, college enrollment, and youth workforce development. A native of L.A. County, Carrie holds a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College and a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

 

David Rattray

President & CEO of UNITE-LA

David Rattray is the President & CEO of UNITE-LA. Since 1998, he has led UNITE-LA in ensuring the continuous improvement of effective and aligned cradle-to-career public education and workforce development systems in Los Angeles, resulting in all children and youth having access to a high-quality education. Previously Rattray spent more than 20 years in the foodservice distribution industry. Rattray serves on the L.A. City Workforce Development Board and Youth Council and was vice chair of the State Workforce Investment Board's Lifelong Learning Committee. He is also the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Linked Learning Alliance. Rattray earned his M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.

 

 

About Education Funders Group

Meeting for over a decade, the Education Funders Group brings philanthropic funders together to learn about issues, trends and needs in the field of education to inform individual and collective grantmaking. Ideas for topics are proposed by funders, who work with the co-chairs to organize a learning session. This year, EFG will continue to explore Community School Models, Education Policy and Advocacy, and Workforce Development and Career Technical Education.

 

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Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, Catalyst and EFG members only

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
NCG & Catalyst members: Please contact [email protected] to register.
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

Funding Issue Area & Geographic Regions
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Education Funders Group: California’s State Budget and its Impact on K-12 School Funding

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
10:00am - 11:30am

SCG’s Education Funders Group invites you to join us for a deep dive into California Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed state budget. We will explore how the budget would affect K-12 school funding and the opportunities to support extended learning based on best practices. We will also hear updates from the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s Learning Acceleration Task Force, which meets regularly with district superintendents to identify challenges as they prepare to reopen. Finally, as we approach a year since COVID-19 closed the physical campus of most schools and community centers, we will focus on learnings from 2020 regarding the work of community-based organizations and schools to respond, and how philanthropy can support their efforts, including their plans for the summer and the next school year. 

The Education Funders Group brings philanthropic funders together quarterly to learn about issues, trends, and needs in the field of education to inform individual and collective grantmaking. Over the years, the group has explored a variety of topics, including early childhood education, after-school programming, parent engagement, blended learning, linked learning, STEM, implementation of the common core, and college access/college success.

 

Moderator

Susan Kagehiro

Director of Programs, Stuart Foundation

Susan has spent most of her career within or in partnership with school districts. Most recently, she helped develop DIAL EE, an early education initiative of the CDE Foundation that supports the testing and adaptation of innovative practices that strengthens student learning and builds coherence across the PK – 12 school system. She also spent 15 years working in various capacities with the San Francisco Unified School Districts (SFUSD) starting from helping coordinate joint youth development and support programs between the City of San Francisco and SFUSD to serving in the Superintendent’s Office across three superintendents’ tenures. In addition, she served as the Education Program Officer for the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, a family foundation based in San Francisco and worked in social policy research at Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation and MPR Associates on evaluations that included a high school career academy demonstration project and implementation of an innovative mental health-focused unemployment support program.

 

Speakers

John Garcia III, Ed.L.D 

President, Greater Los Angeles Education Foundation

Dr. John Garcia III is currently President of the Greater Los Angeles Education Foundation. Previously, he was the Senior Program Officer for Education at the California Community Foundation.  John has served as a consultant for the National Governors Association, Jobs for the Future and the Southern Regional Education Board. He was also a policy analyst for the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics and a resident fellow at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. John began his career in education as a school counselor after working for Intel Corporation and Jet Propulsion Laboratory and founded the Arizona College Access Network at the Arizona Commission for Post-secondary Education.  

John received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Arizona State University. He received his doctorate in education leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. John is currently a board member of Grantmakers for Education, Social Venture Partners Los Angeles, and the New York Leadership Academy.

Jonathan Kaplan

Senior Policy Analyst, California Budget is & Policy Center

Jonathan Kaplan joined the Budget Center in 2006. He analyzes education policy with a focus on K-12 and higher education. Prior to joining the Budget Center, Jonathan taught law and United States history for seven years in Martinez, California, where he also served as chair of Alhambra High School’s social science department. He holds a master’s degree in education from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and received his bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University.

Kelly King

Senior Program Officer, Education & Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund

Kelly King manages programs and partnerships that support a more equitable education system in Los Angeles County, with a special focus on postsecondary access and attainment. King also directs the Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund, a joint initiative of the California Community Foundation and the College Futures Foundation to increase college attainment in the region.

Before joining CCF in 2015, King was an executive vice president at Focusing Philanthropy where she managed a national portfolio of philanthropic investments that included education, health access, and workforce development.

King began her career in the education and nonprofit sector at the Scripps College Academy. As director from 2008-2013, she led the program to national recognition including from First Lady Michelle Obama as a recipient of the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.

King received a bachelor’s degree in politics and public policy analysis from Scripps College and a master’s degree in education policy, evaluation and reform from Claremont Graduate University.

Jennifer Peck

President & CEO, Partnership for Children & Youth

Jennifer Peck has led Partnership for Children & Youth (PCY) since the organization’s founding in 2001.  During this time, she has grown PCY to be the leading California intermediary building access to high quality after-school and summer learning programs, and played a major role in lifting up community schools and social and emotional learning as priorities in California schools.  Jennifer led the creation of the California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance, the California Summer Matters Campaign, the California Community Schools Network, and HousED which builds on-site learning supports for students living in public and affordable housing.  Jennifer and her team are experts in improving how our public systems serve the most vulnerable students, and through policy change and implementation support, have improved and increased educational opportunities and supports for millions of students in California. Prior to joining PCY, Jennifer was an appointee of President Bill Clinton at the U.S. Department of Education, supporting the implementation of priority initiatives including the federal government’s first investment in Community Learning Centers.    

 

Quarterly Dates

Wednesday, May 5 | 10:00am - 11:30am Learn more >>>

Tuesday, August 17 | 10:00am - 11:30am Learn more >>>

Wednesday, December 1 | 10:00am - 11:30am Learn more >>>

 

About Education Funders Group

Meeting for over a decade, the Education Funders Group brings philanthropic funders together to learn about issues, trends and needs in the field of education to inform individual and collective grantmaking. Ideas for topics are proposed by funders, who work with the co-chairs to organize a learning session. This year, EFG will continue to explore Community School Models, Education Policy and Advocacy, and Workforce Development and Career Technical Education.


Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG members only

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
EFG members contact contact us at [email protected] to register. 
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
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Build Back Better: Digital Equity in the Biden-Harris Administration

Thursday, February 25, 2021
10:00am - 11:30am

Join Michelson 20MM on February 25th for the next Connecting California event: Build Back Better: Digital Equity in the Biden-Harris Administration. Following President Biden’s pledge to make digital equity a cornerstone of his administration, our panel will share their insights on the government’s approach to technology policy, and how the Biden-Harris administration can lead on one of the most potentially transformative economic development investments of the century.

In August 2020, the Michelson 20MM Foundation launched its Connecting California learning series, which convenes the public, private and philanthropic sectors. Connecting California seeks to strengthen collective understanding of the history and root causes of the “digital divides”–the economic and educational gaps created by inequitable access to high-speed internet, computing devices, and digital literacy resources. Featuring business leaders, digital equity practitioners, philanthropic investors and policymakers, Connecting California provides a forum that speaks to different facets of the complex landscape for building digital equity solutions at national, state and local levels.

 

Speakers

Kathryn De Wit

Manager, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Kathryn de WitKathryn de Wit joined Pew in 2018 and leads Pew’s Broadband Research Initiative. Before joining Pew, de Wit was an associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, where she focused on telecommunications, cybersecurity, and economic development issues. Before her work at Booz Allen Hamilton, she was a Senior Fellow with the Heinz Endowments. At the Endowments, de Wit led philanthropy efforts focused on youth engagement, place-based grantmaking, and regional economic development. De Wit holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Sociology from Penn State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Adrianne B. Furniss 

Executive Director, Board Member, and Trustee, Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

Adrianne Furniss headshotAdrianne B. Furniss is Executive Director, Board Member, and Trustee of the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society, a private operating foundation with offices in Evanston, Illinois. Since 1981, the Benton Institute has been committed to access, equity, and diversity to fulfill its mission: that everyone in the United States should have equal access to open, affordable, High-Performance Broadband as a means to deliver individual opportunity, strengthen communities, and ensure a thriving democracy. Currently, Adrianne serves on the Board of Advisors for the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC) and as Secretary and Executive Committee member of the Board of Directors for PCs for People.

Gigi Sohn

Distinguished Fellow, Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy
Senior Fellow and Public Advocate, Benton Institute

Gigi Sohn is a Distinguished Fellow at the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy and a Benton Senior Fellow and Public Advocate. For over thirty years, Gigi has worked to defend and preserve the fundamental competition and innovation policies that have made broadband Internet access more ubiquitous, competitive, affordable, open and protective of user privacy.

Previously, Sohn was Counselor to Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler; Co-Founder and CEO of Public Knowledge; Project Specialist in the Ford Foundation’s Media, Arts and Culture unit; Executive Director of the Media Access Project, a communications public interest law firm; and a member of President Clinton’s Advisory Committee on the Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters.

Ms. Sohn holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Broadcasting and Film from the Boston University College of Communication and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Tony Thurmond

California State Superintendent of Public Instruction

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond is responsible for the largest public school system in the nation, with more than 6.3 million students and over 10,000 schools. Since taking office earlier this year, State Superintendent Thurmond has made improving equity, access, and opportunity for California’s public school students his top priority. He has created initiatives that are focused on closing the achievement gap for our state’s most vulnerable students and is dedicated to supporting educators in delivering an equitable education to all students. During his 4-year tenure in the Assembly, Thurmond authored legislation that successfully expanded the free lunch program, bilingual education, and the Chafee Grant college scholarship program for foster youth. Additionally, Thurmond’s legislation guaranteed preferential voting rights for student school board members improved access to families for early education and childcare and shifted millions of dollars directly from prisons to schools. State Superintendent Thurmond is a social worker, educator, advocate, and public school parent who continues to work tirelessly on behalf of all students to ensure they reach their full academic potential.

 

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Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG members

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
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Addressing the Student Basic Needs Crisis: Seeing Students as Humans First

Thursday, January 28, 2021
10:00am - 11:30am

Students are facing more financial emergencies than ever before and institutions of higher education across the country are struggling to pivot to offer the help and support that students need. Much attention has been given to stop out rates, drop out rates, and decreasing enrollment and transfer rates. The concept of a lost generation of students has permeated higher education circles, conferences, and forums.

What is missing from these conversations? The idea of seeing students as humans first.

Pre-COVID, 43% of students at two and four year universities in the United States were food insecure. 48% of them faced housing insecurity, and 16% of them experienced homelessness. Since the pandemic hit, a survey of 38,000 students conducted by the Hope Center for College Community and Justice indicated that 3 in 5 students (60%) were experiencing basic needs insecurity. 63% of students at four year colleges and 50% of students at two year colleges reported that they couldn’t concentrate on school because of the pandemic.

The student basic needs crisis that existed prior to the pandemic has hit a tipping point, and students that were barely “making it” have joined those already impacted by the crisis and have been forced to re-evaluate their short and long term futures. This often means eliminating higher education from their plans.

Fortunately, there is hope amid this daunting landscape. Join us for a conversation with the nation’s leading experts on Student Basic Needs to evaluate where we stand in our response to help students and what relief 2021 might bring.

 

Panelists

  • Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Temple University; Founder and President, Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice
  • Dr. Rashida Crutchfield, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach
  • Rachel Sumekh, Founder and CEO, Swipe Out Hunger

 

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Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and Catalyst members and eligible non-members

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
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California's Master Plan for Early Learning and Care

Monday, January 25, 2021
10:30am - 12:00pm

Since coming to office, Governor Gavin Newsom has made bold investments in California's children- from $1.8 billion in early childhood to a comprehensive paid family leave policy. Last year, Governor Newsom's budget allocated $5 million to develop a California Master Plan for Early Learning and Care, aiming to provide a roadmap for improving its early childhood education and care system. The deep disparities exposed by COVID-19 and the surge of the movement for racial justice in 2020 have altered California's early childhood landscape in critical ways, underscoring the importance of addressing equity and inclusion in the Master Plan report.

Over the past year, under the Early Childhood Action Research Team's guidance and with the Early Childhood Policy Council's input, state leaders have been working hard to develop this blueprint unveiled on December 1, 2020.

As part of the launch of the Master Plan, the state is excited to share the report's findings with the public and early childhood stakeholders throughout the state while also lifting various public-private partnerships that will support the vision of the new plan in 2021 and beyond.

Join us for a webinar on California's Master Plan for Early Learning and Care to:

  • Understand the key components of the Master Plan and the recommended steps necessary to establish universal preschool, better support the early childhood workforce and low income-providers, and improve overall equity and access to quality learning and care, among other areas
  • Engage in discussion with funders and early childhood stakeholders to learn how philanthropy can educate, advocate, and partner with government to ensure the most effective and equitable implementation of the Master Plan
  • Engage with various leaders from the Master Plan team from the Governor's Office, Department of Health and Human Services, and Early Childhood Action Research Team
  • Learn about the various public-private partnerships opportunities that were included within the plan as well as those announced alongside it to catalyze future collaboration

 

Speakers

  • Lupita Alcala, Director of Education Policy & Outcomes, WestEd
  • Congresswoman Sara Jacobs (CA-53), Founder and Chair, San Diego for Every Child
  • Erin Hogeboom, Director, San Diego for Every Child
  • Kim Johnson, Director, California Department of Social Services
  • September Jarrett, Program Officer, Education Program, Heising-Simons Foundation
  • Jannelle Kubinec, Chief Administrative Officer, WestEd
  • Meera Mani, Director, Children, Families, and Communities (CFC) Program, Packard Foundation
  • Giannina Pérez, Senior Policy Advisor for Early Childhood, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom
  • Kris Perry, Deputy Secretary for Early Childhood Development, California Health and Human Services Agency\
  • Kim Pattillo Brownson, Director of Strategy and Policy, Los Angeles, Ballmer Group
  • Megan Thomas, Interim President, Catalyst

 

Moderator

  • Kathleen Kelly Janus, Senior Advisor on Social Innovation, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

 

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Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and Catalyst members

Registration
SCG members: Register online.
NCG & Catalyst members: Please contact [email protected] to register.
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

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