Friday, November 20, 2015

7:30 a.m.  Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.  Welcome

Jim Allhusen, Hilton Head Institute, Vice Chair                                  

8:10 a.m. Why Do We Educate Our Children?

Dr. Jim Wagner, President, Emory University and Hilton Head Institute Board Member

Depending on what we measure and who we ask, education in America can be judged to be wildly successful, failing miserably, or in some ways, seeming to do both things simultaneously.  There is no question that the purpose of formal education has changed over time, perhaps so much so that it has become difficult to state just what those purposes are and why they are of value.  And lacking value, it is little wonder that we can point to incidences of the softening of public support for education and of personal motivation of students and their families. 

8:30 a.m. Creating Innovators:  The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World

Tony Wagner, Expert in Residence, Harvard University’s Innovation Lab

When information is ubiquitous and free, and when basic education is available to billions of people worldwide, only one set of skills can ensure this generation's economic future: the capacity for innovation.  What must parents, teachers, mentors, and employers do to develop the capacities of many more young people to be the innovators they want to be—and that we need them to become?  What do the best schools and colleges do to teach the skills of innovation?

9:30 a.m. Break

10:00 a.m.  How Well Did My Education Prepare Me for My Future?

 A Student Panel Discussion - Moderator: Tony Wagner

 Recent high school graduates discuss the strengths and weaknesses of their high school education.

11:30 a.m.  Summit Luncheon  

1:00 p.m.  Put Children First

Kevin Chavous, Founding Member, American Federation for Children and former DC City Council Member

For a century and a half, there has been little substantive change in public education.

In America's public classrooms, the classic approach remains essentially the same as it was years ago: a one-size-fits-all core curriculum. Understand the importance of building a national obsession around learning in America – one that transcends the politics of the day and is solely focused on truly putting our children first.  Discover specific ways we can inspire our citizens to want to learn, as opposed to the overwhelming focus on system change or system preservation. 

2:00 p.m.  Do Factors Outside the Classroom Affect Learning?

Tammy Pawloski, Director, Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty, Francis Marion University

Research is clear that life with limited key resources can negatively impact brain development, and the achievement gap between under-resourced children and their privileged peers is widening.  The dropout rate for low-income students is five times greater than that of their higher-income counterparts. Why is this happening and what can the community do to support children, families, and schools?  Explore reasons why access to resources matter and which high-impact experiences can literally elevate the structure and function of the brain.  

2:45 p.m.   Break

3:15 p.m.    Are We Educating for the Future Our Children Will Create?

A Panel Discussion - Moderator:  Johnny O’Brien, Founder, Renaissance Leadership and former President of the Milton Hershey School

An inside look at the limitations and possibilities of the current educational system.

Panelists include:

  • Brent Benner, Director of Enrollment Management, University of Tampa
  • Peter Brews, Dean of the Moore School, University of South Carolina
  • Robert Lytle, Co-Head of Education Practice, Parthenon/Ernst & Young, LLP
  • Kevin Chavous, Founding Member, American Federation for Children                                                       

4:45 p.m. One Day that Changed My Life

Casey Gerald, CEO, MBAs Across America

Casey was abandoned by troubled parents at an early age and saw his life flash before him when thugs held a gun to his head.  It was at that moment that a peaceful calm came over him and he chose to make something of himself, graduating from Yale and Harvard, and is now pursuing a meaningful career.

5:15 p.m. Closing Remarks

Jim Allhusen, Hilton Head Institute, Vice Chair         

5:30 p.m.   Wine & Cheese Reception

Saturday, November 21, 2015

8:30 a.m.   Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Roundtables on Education (Select one)

  • Roundtable Q1:  What is the value proposition of a four-year degree?  Brent Benner/Robert Lytle/Peter Brews
  • Roundtable Q2:  Do we need a re-think of education to unlock the potential in every student?  Kevin Chavous/Casey Gerald/Jim Wagner