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Monday, February 4

4:00pm EST

Opening Plenary
Why do some children succeed while others fail? The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: success comes to those who score the highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. In the new book, How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter most have more to do with character: skills such as perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism and self control.
In addition to his research, Tough will share about the lessons learned in IS 318, a low-income public school in Brooklyn, NY, where an afterschool program focused on chess changed the culture of the school and the lives of the students.
Tough has written extensively about education, child development, poverty and politics, and his articles on character education, the achievement gap and the Obama administration’s poverty policies include cover stories in The New York Times Magazine.

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Paul Tough

Paul Tough is the author of the new book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, in which he challenges our culture’s belief that intelligence, endlessly measured by test scores, is the sole indicator of value in our education system. The work of... Read More →

Monday February 4, 2013 4:00pm - 5:30pm EST
Salons III & IV JW Marriott Washington DC
Wednesday, February 6

8:30am EST

Plenary: Students at the Center of Learning

How do we create the opportunity and access for students to be in the center of the learning process and be engaged as co-creators in learning? As leaders in the afterschool field we need to “...think about new and creative ways to engage young people in science and engineering, whether it’s science festivals, robotics competitions, fairs that encourage young people to create and build and invent — to be makers of things, not just consumers of things,” as President Obama challenged us when launching the “Educate to Innovate” campaign.
Join Kumar Garg, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and network leads in a salon-style discussion to explore issues to expand the impact of student centered learning — STEM, the Maker movement, digital media and alternative assessments.

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Kumar Garg

Senior Advisor, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Kumar Garg is a senior advisor to the deputy director at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy focusing on education and broader innovation policy. Kumar leads President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign to improve science, technology, engineering and... Read More →

Wednesday February 6, 2013 8:30am - 9:15am EST
Salons III & IV JW Marriott Washington DC

3:00pm EST

Plenary: Afterschool for All Challenge
Staff from the House and Senate shed light on the current policy and budget deliberations impacting afterschool and the forecast for movement on major legislation, including appropriations and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Speakers will offer their insights into the education priorities that might arise in the new 113th Congress as well as background context that will help afterschool advocates navigate their meetings with Congressional offices.

Wednesday February 6, 2013 3:00pm - 4:15pm EST
Salons III & IV JW Marriott Washington DC