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Education Partnerships Ensuring Excellent Instruction

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 -
8:00am to 4:30pm EST
Miami-Coral Gables
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For the first time ever, our FPN's Education Affinity Group will host a full-day convening with education funders, representatives from the district and state levels and local education foundation leaders. Don't miss this unique opportunity to develop and strengthen partnerships across Florida’s education sector to ensure excellent instruction.

Meeting Objectives

  • Funders and senior district personnel will develop a deeper understanding of each other’s priorities and/or key areas of focus.
  • Participants will identify common priorities and areas of focus and determine how they might work together to make progress on those priorities.
  • Participants will deepen their learning about Ensuring Excellent Instruction efforts in FL, including initial (TNTP) research findings, network efforts (FINS, IP, UPD).
  • Each funder/district team will develop a plan which addresses on-going communication, partnership opportunities for enhancing excellent instruction and partnership development.

Who should attend?

  • Statewide and regional education funders
  • Local district education leaders
  • State education leaders
  • Local education foundation executive directors

Topics & Presentations

  • Why High Standards and the Role Excellent Instruction Plays
    The speaker will frame the issue using comparative international indicators, national and state historical trends, and the economic imperative for our students to be successful in an environment of high standards.
  • Virtual Classroom Observation
    Attendees will virtually attend classroom sessions to observe and discuss specific teacher student interactions in context of excellent instruction. Student work will also be compared to the intended standards.
  • Working with Funders (Panel Discussion)
    Funders and senior district personnel with experience in partnership work will discuss what funders look for to maximize their investments in K-12. They will also discuss how districts can most effectively engage with funders to assure their investments’ impacts are maximized.
  • Facilitated Planning Session
    Education funders and district leaders will work in teams; each team will develop a plan which will address
    • The individual goals and priorities of the district and funder(s)
    • Common priorities and focus areas which emerge
    • How district and funders anticipate working together towards common priorities
    • What more do you need to learn about each other’s priorities or work?
    • What are specific next steps?
      • When will you meet again; do you plan to meet regularly?
      • Who are best points of contact?


Emma Cartwright, Vice President, TNTP

Emma Cartwright leads TNTP’s work supporting school improvement and instructional excellence at the district level.

Previously, as a Partner, Emma advised states and districts on the strategy, design, and implementation of policy frameworks, including the transition to college and career ready standards, teacher and leader evaluation, compensation, and school staffing. She led TNTP’s development of a performance management strategy and helped school districts and charter schools in New York City and Washington, D.C. design and pilot performance management models. Emma also developed an approach to and managed a portfolio of staffing programs to ensure low-performing schools had equal access to high quality teacher candidates, and led a project in New York City that examined the impact of collectively bargained contract provisions on staffing and helped support the implementation of new contract provisions governing seniority transfers and surplus teachers.

Prior to joining TNTP, Emma taught high school English in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a BA in English and history from the University of Michigan and an MA in teaching from Johns Hopkins University.

Daryl Houston; EAG Chair, Community Foundation of Palm Beach & Martin Counties

Daryl Houston is Chair of FPN's Education Affinity Group (EAG). Daryl is a community investment officer for the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, where he manages a diverse portfolio of grants and the foundation's field of interest funds. Daryl also provides training and oversight of the foundation's Resource Library and a number of other initiatives. 

Prior to coming aboard the community foundation, Daryl spent several years with United Way of Palm Beach County, where he served in the capacities of Director of Hands On Palm Beach County and Senior Director of Volunteer Center and Disaster Management. As the Senior Director, he provided oversight of the Volunteer Center’s staff, and the day-to-day operations of its programmatic services.

Daryl currently serves on the board of the Emergency Food Shelter Program (Board Chair), Allegany Franciscan Ministries Grants Committee and the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center’s Green School Recognition Program. He has spent the last 15 years working in the nonprofit sector of Palm Beach County. 

Silas Kulkarni, co-founder and Executive Director of Teaching Lab

Silas Kulkarni is co-founder and Executive Director of Teaching Lab, a nonprofit devoted to closing the opportunity gap through teacher-led professional learning. Silas is a nationally renowned expert on the Common Core State Standards and professional learning. Before founding Teaching Lab, he worked as a literacy expert at Student Achievement Partners and as a record-breaking math teacher in Harlem, NY and Washington DC. In 2011, Silas’ students in Southeast DC broke the citywide, all-time record for 8th grade math scores, scoring 100% proficient or above, with 62% scoring advanced. He has presented, published research, and led trainings around the country. Silas is a graduate of Yale University.



Conference Hotel and Location
The Biltmore Hotel, Miami-Coral Gables

Group Room Rate: $279.00
Group Code: 1311

Resort Fee: $10
Self-Parking is Complimentary

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Make Your Reservation by Phone: 1-800-727-1926

Note: The hotel website only allows participants to book on the main dates, any pre and post nights may be booked by calling the hotel directly at 800-727-1926 and providing group booking code 1311.
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