Summit Panel Announcement: Dynamic School Models

Our 10th Annual National Policy Summit is just around the corner. Today we’re excited to announce the Dynamic School Models Panel. Led by AFC’s Bruce Hermie, this session will focus on ways to encourage innovation and school development through policy. We will cover barriers to start-up for schools, school quality issues, and much more.

Head of School, Purdue University’s Polytechnic High School Scott Bess

Scott set the vision and strategy for Purdue University’s Polytechnic High School’s initial campus, which launched in 2017, and will open the second campus in 2019.  Targeting underserved students who might not otherwise be qualified to go on to obtain post-secondary credentials, Purdue Polytechnic’s challenge is to “reinvent” high school to meet the future needs of those students. Prior to joining Purdue, Scott was the President of Goodwill Education Initiatives and founded The Excel Center, which offers adults who have dropped out of school an opportunity to earn a diploma. The Excel Center now serves over 6,000 students in multiple states and has more than 4,000 graduates. Scott, a graduate of Purdue University (B.S., Mathematics) and Marian University (M.A., Education) was a teacher, an IT executive and business owner. Scott has four grown children and lives in Danville, Indiana with his wife, Robin.

Found and Director, Fugees Family, Inc. Luma Muffler

Luma is founder and director of Fugees Family, Inc., which incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2006. Luma has coached soccer for over 10 years and is currently the organization’s CEO and head coach of the Fugees Soccer teams. She has owned two small businesses: Fresh Start for America, a cleaning business employing refugee and immigrant workers, and Ashton’s, a coffee shop and café. She earned her BA in Anthropology from Smith College.

Superintendent, Partnership Schools
Kathleen Porter-Magee

Kathleen oversees all operations, academics, and school-level finance across the six Partnership schools. She has recruited top talent from Catholic and charter schools from around the country to help build what is viewed as a national model of Catholic school oversight and support. Under her academic leadership, Partnership Schools have demonstrated gains that exceed gains posted by even some of the highest performing charter networks. Before joining the Partnership, Kathleen served in leadership positions at the College Board, Achievement First, the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. She is a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow and has been an education fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Most importantly, she’s also a proud mom to three current Catholic school students.

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Registration closes April 22.

Room block at Loews Chicago Hotel closes April 9.

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