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Thursday, January 25 • 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Open: Independent Sector Thought Partner Track, Evidence Based Education Pathways

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This afternoon session is open to all Winter Innovation Summit attendees. 

  • Take Bus C from the west side of Libby Gardner Hall to the University Guest House, then follow signs to the Officer's Club next door.
  • Bus C departs promptly at 1:15 PM. 

Evidence Based Education Pathways
Creating a Marketplace for What Works 

We are looking forward to having you join us this week for our Evidence Based Education Pathways discussions. As are reminder, this week’s sessions are part of a wider initiative led by Independent Sector, together with their close partners Project Evident and Results for America. 
The Pathways initiative is bringing national and local leaders in the education space together with leading evidence-based practitioners, community stakeholders, businesses, funders, and government officials to explore how data and evidence-based practices can drive better education outcomes for students in areas with underperforming schools. Our goal is to build a “marketplace” for what works around evidence-based practices that connects organizations across the country
This “Pathways” convening is the second in a multi-city series that we are piloting with funding from The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. As you prepare for your participation we thought it may be useful to see a little about what we learned in Detroit. Attached is a summary of our learning from the Detroit conversation and a PDF that will give you some context for the rich discussions we had during that meeting. 

Meeting Outcomes
  • Shared understanding of the Evidence Based Education Pathways Program and learning to date
  • Input and dialogue on what is working and what needs to be done better to build evidence based practices and policies
  • Input on what is important to build local evidence based communities of practice

Session 1: Building and Local Translation of Evidence Based Practices
1:30 – 1:40—Introductions and Program Overview
  • Introduction to the Pathway’s concept and what’s been learned so far
    • Dan Cardinali, President and CEO, Independent Sector
1:40 – 2:10—Panel: Building a Marketplace for Evidence Based Practice
  • Moderated panel discussion with IS, RFA, and Project Evident regarding the challenges and opportunities in growing the implementation of evidence based practices
2:10 – 2:50—What’s Working and What’s Standing in the Way?
  • Facilitated and recorded session to look at what is working and what needs to be improved to grow the use of evidence based practices
    • Building and implementing evidence based practice,
    • Defining and implementing supporting policies,
    • Adapting what works to practice
2:50 – 3:00—Wrap up and Next Steps

Session 2: Cross Sector Roles in Building Evidence Based Education Practices
3:05 – 3:15—Welcome and Introduction                                                 
  • Brief recap of the previous meeting and short intro to the pathways concept
    • Dan Cardinali, President and CEO, Independent Sector
3:15 – 4:00—Building Education Focused Communities of Practice – Sector Roles
  • Small round-table discussions on the roles for government, business, philanthropy, NGO’s, educators, and the local community to build the use of evidence to improve education outcomes for students
4:00 – 4:45—Building Communities of Practice – Stronger Links in the Ecosystem
  • Small round-table discussions on creating a marketplace for what works to cover what needs to be local, what needs to be national, how do we strengthen the connections needed to increase the use of evidence to improve education outcomes for students
4:45– 5:00—Wrap up and Next Steps

avatar for Dan Cardinali

Dan Cardinali

President and CEO, Independent Sector
Dan Cardinali is president and CEO of Independent Sector, the only national membership organization that brings together a diverse set of nonprofits, foundations, and corporations to advance the common good.Before joining IS in 2016, Dan served on the IS Board of Directors and several... Read More →
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Nichole Dunn

Vice President, Innovation and Community Impact, Results For America
Nichole brings 20+ years of public and nonprofit executive leadership, data-driven performance management, and public policy innovation experience to Results for America. Prior to joining Results for America, she served as Deputy Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer to Salt Lake... Read More →
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Sara Peters

Director of Policy and Evidence, Project Evident
Sara is passionate about lifting up impactful programs and policies for communities in need. Previously, she served as the Director of Social Innovation at the Sorenson Impact Center, where she led the Center’s Pay for Success practice and social impact finance portfolio. She has... Read More →

Thursday January 25, 2018 1:30pm - 5:00pm MST
Officer's Club—South Room