Education Summit

The 2015 Education Summit



This year’s 3rd Annual Education Summit will take place on March 23, 2015 at The Burlington County Enterprise Center in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey .

For 1-2 attendees, please click HERE.

For 3 or more attendees,please click HERE.

For students, please click HERE.

The Promise of Education

Why are some kids learning so much – and others so very little? What do we need to understand and do?

Four internationally recognized experts will share the keynotes of the day and engage the audience in this critical conversation. Our exciting line-up of keynote speakers will include :

Amanda Ripley

Amanda Ripley is an investigative journalist for Time, The Atlantic and other magazines. She has written stories on the primacy of sports in American high schools, the college of the future and the science of motivating children. She has visited schools on four continents and interviewed hundreds of kids, teachers and parents. She explores the gap between public policy and human behavior.

Amanda’s work has appeared in Slate, the Wall Street Journal and the Times of London. She appears on all of the national television networks, has spoken on NPR, at the Pentagon, the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security. She is an Emerson Senior Fellow.  Her newest book is The Smartest Kids in the World – and How They Got That Way, a New York Times® bestseller.

Principal Baruti Kafele

Baruti Kafele was an elementary school teacher in East Orange, NJ. Principal Kafele was selected as the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. He led the transformation of four urban New Jersey schools, including the “Mighty” Newark Tech, which went from a low performing school to national acclaim being recognized as one of America’s best high schools.

Baruti is an internationally-renowned education speaker. He regularly conducts professional development workshops, parental engagement seminars and hard hitting, no non-sense male empowerment meetings. He works with hundreds of schools and districts to assist them in closing the “attitude gap”- the gap between those students who have the will to strive for academic excellence and those who do not. He is the author of Closing the Attitude Gap and Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life.

Pedro Noguera, Ph.D.

Pedro Noguera, Ph.D., is one of America’s most important voices for healthy public education, focusing on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions in urban settings. He’s an expert on school reform, diversity and the achievement gap–and he translates social theory into concise, direct language with emotional impact and intellectual rigor.

Pedro is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University. He holds tenured faculty appointments in the departments of Teaching and Learning and Humanities and Social Sciences at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development at NYU. He is the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools. He is the author of eight books and over 150 articles and monographs. His most recent book is Schooling for Resilience.

Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D.

Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D., is a Distinguished University Professor and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University. He is one of the world’s leading experts on adolescence and brain plasticity. He is the author of more than 350 articles and essays on development during the teenage years and the author of 17 books including The Ten Basic Principles of Good Parenting which has been published in 10 languages and Adolescence the leading college textbook on the subject.

His latest book is Age of Opportunity: Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence. This research has focused on a range of topics, including adolescent brain development, risk taking and decision making, family and peer relationships, school achievement and juvenile justice.


Make sure to register today!

For 1-2 attendees, please click HERE.

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For students, please click HERE.


Notes From the 2014 Education Summit…


Our 2014 Education Summit was a huge success and we had some very special guests.

Continuing the Conversation…

Self-Control, Poverty, Social and Emotional Development, and the Roles They Play in Raising our Children

Another successful gathering of researchers, social scientists, educators, teachers, administrators, and parents who came together to shape a program of action that springs from a greater understanding of the physiological and neurological impact of poverty, violence, and trauma on a student’s ability to learn and succeed. After the keynote address, presentations were made by panel members, audience Q&A, smaller expert/practitioner groups to explore in facilitated working groups more effective strategies for improving behavior, resilience, academic achievement, and parental engagement. The summit was the jumping off point for additional conversation and networking that will ultimately lead to new and practicable solutions.


Angela Duckworth, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Duckworth is a 2013 recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellow Genius Award. She is identified throughout the country for advancing our understanding of how self-control and grit — the relentless work ethic of sustaining your commitments toward a long-term goal — impact success. The implications of her work span from education to employment to human happiness.


  • Maurice J. Elias, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, Director of Social-Emotional Learning Lab, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Hallam Hurt, MD, Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine and Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Douglas MacIver, PhD, Co-Director, Center for Social Organization of Schools, School of Education, Johns Hopkins University
  • Matt Katz, Moderator, WNYC, New York Public Radio

“The summit, held by the Catholic Partnership Schools, a non-profit foundation operating the five Catholic schools in Camden, gathered 323 education professionals for a day of panel discussions and networking.” Read more at

Notes From the 2013 Education Summit…

2013 Education Summit

It’s Unanimous. The 2013 Education Summit Was a Winner!

Our thanks to the more than 300 education professionals from seven states who converged on The Enterprise Center in Mt. Laurel, NJ on Monday, March 18th to hear noted author Paul Tough and a high-powered panel of researchers and academics talk about the power of resilience and grit and the need for a deeper understanding of the social and emotional underpinnings of success in childhood and beyond.

What set the conference apart was the sheer diversity of the group. Representatives from every sector serving children were there – from pre-school specialists to university researchers, professors, and students; charter, district, parochial, and private schools administrators and teachers; guidance counselors; educational psychologists; social workers; funders; parents, and government officials. They came together to learn more about the latest research on the physiological and neurological impact of poverty and trauma on young lives, to share ideas and resources,  and to reinforce for one another the need to first help children deal with the daunting challenges they face every day.

After the keynote address, presentations by the panel members, and audience Q&A, smaller groups met in 8 facilitated workshops led by the presenters to learn more effective classroom and school-based strategies for improving behavior, resilience, academic achievement, and parental engagement. For more about the speakers, click here.

Attendees came away armed with strategies for turning developmental theory into meaningful practice.  They heard about the practical interventions that have been shown to reverse the negative impact of violence and poverty and get children on the right academic path.

They learned how mindfulness strategies and practice create a safe and emotionally healing space for learning. And they discussed the critical role of parents at home and in school in ensuring positive student outcomes.


Paul Tough, Author

Author of the best-selling How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.


  • Mary Dozier, PhD from the University of Delaware
  • C. Cybele Raver, PhD from New York University
  • Stephanie Jones, PhD from Harvard University
  • Jenny Roca, M.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania

To read the story in the Philadelphia Inquirer

And in Camden’s Catholic Star Herald