Don't Remediate - Accelerate!

Session Type: Breakout

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Achievement gaps between our students will be even greater in fall 2020 than ever before: the temptation will be to do more of the same, namely, remediate those students. This means trying to teach them what they didn't learn last year, or even years ago. This simply doesn't work - and there is a better, although initially more challenging way to go: working to create just-in-time access to grade-level materials. We will present both research and practical knowhow on this critically important topic.

Take Away:
To persuade teachers, school leaders and boards to change practice in response to arguably the most pressing K-12 educational challenge in the United States.

Presented by


David Steiner, Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy

David Steiner is Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy and Professor of Education at Johns Hopkins University. He is finishing serving as a member of the Maryland State Board of Education and previously served as Commissioner of Education for New York State. He holds degrees from Oxford University (B.A. and M.A.) and Harvard University (Ph.D.).


Roblin Webb, Freedom Preparatory Academy

Roblin Webb, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Freedom Prep Charter Schools, has dedicated herself to striving for equality for all. She believes that education is our modern-day civil rights struggle and works to measurably and dramatically close the achievement gap in Memphis. She began her work in pursuit of educational equality and opportunity as a practicing education lawyer for a city school district and later as Deputy Director for New Leaders for New Schools. Ms. Webb received a bachelor’s in Urban Studies from Rhodes College and a law degree and master’s in Politics and Public Affairs from Rutgers University.


Dan Weisberg, TNTP

As TNTP’s Chief Executive Officer, Dan Weisberg oversees TNTP’s executive team and all aspects of the organization’s operations, strategy, and growth. Previously, as Vice President of Policy, Dan helped build TNTP into a leading voice on teacher quality and co-authored TNTP’s acclaimed study on the failures of the nation’s teacher evaluation systems, The Widget Effect, which helped catalyze evaluation reforms in more than 30 states since 2009. He later led the development of the groundbreaking reports, The Irreplaceables (2012), which explored the teacher retention crisis through the experience of the country’s best teachers, and The Mirage (2015), which found enormous resources being devoted to teacher development with little to no impact and set a new path for more engaging and effective teacher support. Most recently, Dan oversaw the development and launch of TNTP’s highest-impact study and most ambitious public engagement strategy with the 2018 release of The Opportunity Myth, TNTP’s report on student experience which has drawn over 100,000 unique visitors and resulted in over 400 briefings, over 4,000 downloads of tools, and over 40 national education leaders signing on to its commitments. Before TNTP, Dan served as Chief Executive of Labor Policy and Implementation for the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), the country’s largest public school system. Dan holds a J.D. from New York University Law School and a BA in Political Science from Columbia University. Dan sits on the board of several non-profits, including The National Parents Union, Educators for Excellence, The Keystone Policy Center and Blue Engine, and is the proud volunteer coach for the Essex Street Academy High School Mock Trial Team.