2017 Urban Education Summit Frequently Asked Questions & Schedule

What is the purpose of the Summit?

The Summit will be a gathering of influential educational leaders from across the nation. The presentations and discussion will cover a myriad of topics, including funding models, school leadership, governance, school culture, and community partnerships. There are five goals for the Summit:

  1. Provide a platform for the sharing of ideas about how to plan, start, lead and operate quality urban schools.
  2. Establish collegial relationships among influential urban educators.
  3. Share proven ideas and best practices.
  4. Facilitate dialogue and spark innovation, creating opportunities for people to thrive.
  5. Create partnerships and networks that allow for more effective and successful urban schools.

What is the schedule and format for the Summit?

The final schedule of topics and speakers is still being finalized. The format will vary from presentation to discussion groups. We have exceptional facilitators with a wide variety of experience and wisdom. However, we want to benefit from the collective wisdom of this gifted group of educators. Therefore, we will provide lots of opportunities for discussion and collaboration. The organization of the two days will follow a simple structure: Shared Vision, Shared Constraints, Shared Solutions.  Here is a basic outline for the two days:

Monday, June 19

11:00am Registration, Check-in (2nd floor, Intercontinental hotel)

12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch (provided), Introductions

Shared Vision

1:00pm – 1:30pm Welcome, Vision for the Summit (Eric Cook, Exec. Dir., SCL)

1:30pm – 5:00pm Presentations, Discussion, Q&A (Including Russ Gregg, Vernard Gant and others)

5:30pm – 6:30pm   Reception, Prayer

Tuesday, June 20

8:00am – 8:30am Breakfast

Shared Constraints

8:30am – 12:00pm Presentations, Discussion, Q&A

12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch

Shared Solutions: What can we do together that we cannot do alone?

1:00pm – 4:00pm Facilitated Discussion Groups

4:00pm – 5:00pm Synthesis, Prayer

How do I register? When is the deadline?

It is very important that you register for the conference because space is limited. We need everyone to register by May 22. However, if we reach capacity before the deadline (which is VERY likely), we will close registration earlier. We will not be able to accommodate more than 120 people. Registration for the Summit is free, but is by invitation only. 

You may register here.

Do I get a reduced rate at the hotel?

Yes. To make your arrangements, click here to learn more.   

Are meals included in my registration?

Some of your meals are included in the registration. Monday, June 19 we will provide lunch. On Tuesday, we will provide breakfast and lunch. For dinners, you are on your own.

Can I bring a colleague if they did not receive the invite letter?

If you want to bring others or recommend people who should come, please send your request to Eric Cook at ecook@covenantfw.org.

How should I dress?

The dress for the Summit is business casual.

Who should I contact if I need help?
If you need assistance with hotel, travel or conference logistics, please contact Eric Cook, Executive Director, at eric@societyforclassicallearning.org or Marissa Yanaga, my assistant, marissa@societyforclassicallearning.org.

Can/should I attend the SCL conference after the Summit?

All Summit attendees are highly encouraged to stay for the annual Society for Classical Learning Conference, which takes place immediately following the Summit (June 21-24). We have excellent presenters covering a broad range of instructional, curricular, philosophical and administrative topics. Even if you are not in a classical, Christian school you will find the conference very helpful and inspiring.

All Summit attendees will receive a $50 discount off the registration cost and a $50 discount off the pre-conference cost. There is a pre-conference track for urban educators that will focus on fostering of hope in God in urban communities by training leaders to start, lead, and grow urban, classical, Christ-centered schools.

The main conference will feature a number of leading Christian thinkers and leaders. For more information, visit our conference page here