Every year, Education Reform Now hosts our annual thought leadership convening, Philos.
Philos brings together an influential group of stakeholders in the education reform movement: the thought leaders, philanthropists, and local, state, and national elected and appointed officials fighting for our nation’s schoolchildren, from classrooms to Capitol Hill. Participants attend Philos to connect, share experience, exchange policy ideas, and gear up for what’s next in the changing landscape of American public education.
As an extension of our annual convening, Philos Conversations, continue the discussion throughout the year–engaging leaders on pressing issues impacting education reform through a virtual setting.
Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on the new series!
Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on Philos 2021!
The theme for Philos 2019 was “resources and innovation” in improving public education. This was our largest Philos yet–held in Washington, D.C.– with nearly 300 policymakers, thought leaders, and elected officials from across the country, including honorees Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, and New Jersey State Senator Teresa Ruiz, keynote speaker Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial, and many more.
During Philos 2018 we convened more than 200 policymakers, thought leaders and elected officials in Boulder, Colorado, to discuss ways to improve educational outcomes for children, touching on everything from the 2018 midterm elections, to charter schools and choice, to higher education, to personalized learning – and much more. Speakers included Colorado Governor Jared Polis, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, New York Assembly Member Marcos Crespo, Connecticut State Senator Doug McCrory, Orleans Parish School Board Member Sarah Usdin, UNCF President and CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax, Political Icon James Carville, and Political Strategist Joel Benenson.
In 2017, we gathered in Washington D.C. to exchange ideas for how we better engage stakeholders and provide all students with a high quality education. Speakers included Secretaries of Education Arne Duncan and John King, U.S. Senators Michael Bennet, Maggie Hassan, and Chris Murphy, Colorado Speaker Crisanta Duran, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and Jason Kander.