2017 Urban Education Summit

Urban Education Summit

By Invitation Only

June 19 – 20


The Society for Classical Learning (SCL) invites you, an influential urban educator, to join us from June 19-20 at the InterContinental Hotel in Dallas, Texas for an Urban Education Summit. Topics will include: Sectors, Models & Approaches, Family Engagement, Policy Matters, Community Partnerships, Board Governance & Sustainable Funding.

This Summit will be a two-day gathering to share resources, discuss best practices, and consider ways to mobilize the next generation to help address the crisis. Our hope is that these two days might stimulate and rekindle your passion for addressing the urban educational crisis. We also hope that the Society for Classical Learning’s rich culture of collegiality and professional development will be an asset to this conversation.

While we at SCL have a keen interest in the classical and Christian dimensions of urban school development, our hope for this gathering is to facilitate the sharing, discussion, cross-pollination of ideas and practices across sectors and pedagogical approaches.

We look forward to seeing you there and invite you to join the conversation.

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Featured Speakers and Facilitators

Russ Gregg has served as Head of School since Hope Academy’s founding in 2000. He has been a resident of the Phillips neighborhood since 1994. In 1999, he was an administrator at Calvin Christian School in Edina, and quit his job to help lay the groundwork for a Christian school for his urban neighbors. Russ and his wife Phyllis, who teaches 3rd grade at Hope Academy, live four blocks away from the school. They have three grown children. Russ serves on the Board of Directors of the Society for Classical Learning.

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Dr. Vernard Gant is the director of Urban School Services with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). In this position, Dr. Gant is responsible for overseeing over 200 Christian schools throughout the nation that target and serve minority, under-resourced, and urban children. Dr. Gant has been with ACSI for 12 years. Dr. Gant also started and ran a scholarship program to enable moderate and low income children to attend private school and started two Christian schools targeting and serving low-income children in Birmingham, AL. He currently serves on the executive board of the Black Alliance for Educational Options and the Alliance for Choice in Education.

Dr. David Bobb is the President of the Bill of Rights Institute, an organization that works with teachers and parents across the country and educating students about the freedom and opportunity made possible by the ideas of the American Founding. Previously he was the founding director of two national centers for Hillsdale College, the Washington, D.C.-based Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship, and the Hoogland Center for Teacher Excellence, a civic education program. David is the author of Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America’s Greatest Virtue (Thomas Nelson, 2013) and a contributing editor to The U.S. Constitution: A Reader (Hillsdale College Press, 2012). He has written articles and reviews for the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Washington Times, Boston Herald, and the Claremont Review of Books, among other publications. He has spoken widely to audiences in twenty-five states on topics including education reform, civic engagement, and the American Constitution.

George Sanker has served as Headmaster of The Covenant School since 2011. Working in education since 1996, George has served as principal of two charter schools in Washington, D.C. and Longmont, Colorado. He began his career in education in private Christian schools where he taught history and theology to middle and high school students. George graduated from Colgate University with a B.A. in Political Science. After college, he served his country as an officer in the Central Intelligence Agency where he specialized in data pertaining to Southeast Asia. He also received an M.A. in Religion from Reformed Theological Seminary. George is currently ABD in sociology at the University of Virginia. He and his wife, Jeannette, have six children.

Andrew Neumann, Ph.D., Executive Chair and CEO, is an educational entrepreneur driven to ensure all children in America have access to excellent learning opportunities which maximize their potential to fulfill Greater Purpose and live flourishing lives. His passion is to contribute to building an educational ecosystem in America which will close global and national achievement gaps, build deeply held, internally driven character, and provide the option for faith formation to be an integral part of education for all who desire it regardless of a family’s income or zip code. Committed to this mission, he began his career as a teacher serving students at the high school and college levels while finishing his Ph.D. in educational mathematics. In 2006, he joined Educational Enterprises and serves its Executive Chair/CEO working to support the team to advance its mission nationally by growing its school networks (HOPE Christian Schools and EAGLE public charter schools), Christian wraparound programs (Compass Educational Programs), and the Character Formation Project. In 2016, Educational Enterprises changed its name to Open Sky Education to more clearly communicate the organization’s mission and vision. In addition to his work at Open Sky Education, Andrew works to advance this mission for children by participating in a variety of speaking engagements as well as serving on the boards of mission-aligned organizations including School Choice Wisconsin, the Alliance for Choices in Education and the Institute for Missional Visioning.