The 2016 Grantmakers for Education Conference—Equity in Education: Conversations We’re Not Having—will be a forum for “undiscussable” topics, an opportunity to bring them out of the shadows.
This year’s conference will be held in the Mountain West United States—Denver, Colorado—a region that has been lauded nationally for its progressive K-12 reform initiatives. Despite many successful programs, disparities in overall achievement exist for students of color and students in poverty. Colorado and its surrounding states often struggle in addressing urban and rural challenges, symptomatic of issues seen nationwide: geographic isolation, poverty, a lack of public will to fund education, racial disparities and more. The conference seeks to examine the leadership role that education philanthropy can take in communities across the country to lead conversations and identify concrete actions that move us toward an inclusive, equitable future for all.
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