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Emerging School Models

Maintaining the Momentum

September 12-13, 2024

Harvard Kennedy School
Taubman Building, 5th Floor Nye ABC and Allison Dining Room

Photo of Superintendent Alberto Carvalho
Superintendent Alberto Carvalho

New school models are reshaping the American educational landscape. Emerging charter school models, micro schools, career and technical programs, and different forms of homeschooling are expanding nationwide. But can these models build on the current momentum? What infrastructure is needed to make them sustainable over the long term?

To explore these questions, the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University will host a conference on emerging school models at Harvard Kennedy School, on Thursday, Sept. 12, and Friday, Sept. 13, 2024.

The conference will include a keynote address by Alberto M. Carvalho, Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

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Photo of Paul E. Peterson Paul E. Peterson
Harvard University


Photo of Dan Hamlin Daniel Hamlin
University of Oklahoma 


Thursday, Sept. 12


1 p.m.

Opening Remarks

Paul E. Peterson, Harvard University
Daniel Hamlin, University of Oklahoma

1:15 p.m.

Session 1: What’s the growth potential of emerging models? 

Mike McShane, EdChoice
Adam Peshek, Stand Together Trust
Michael Petrilli, Thomas B. Fordham Institute

2:15 p.m.


2:30 p.m.

Session 2A (Nye): Will universal choice programs be captured by the affluent or will they open up opportunities for all?

Todd Hepworth, Utah Association for the Education of Young Children
Myles Mendoza, Oak Rose Group 
Patrick Wolf, University of Arkansas
Paul E. Peterson, Harvard University (Moderator)

Session 2B (Alison): Are career and technical education programs worth the investment?

Paul Meinersmann, St. George Municipal School
Casey Sacks, WIN Academy
Keanna Warren, Purdue Polytechnic High Schools
Daniel Hamlin, University of Oklahoma (Moderator)

3:30 p.m.


3:45 p.m.

Session 3A (Nye): Are religious charter schools constitutional?

Martha Field, Harvard Law School
William Jeynes, California State University Long Beach
Mike Moreland, Villanova University
Paul E. Peterson, Harvard University (Moderator)

Session 3B (Alison): How is homeschooling changing? What are the legal barriers to innovation?

Dalena Wallace, AIM Educational Collaborative
Angela Watson, Johns Hopkins School of Education
Alycia Wright, Cultural Roots
Daniel Hamlin, University of Oklahoma (Moderator)

5:30 p.m.

Networking reception

Charles Hotel Ballroom, 1 Bennett Street, Cambridge

6:30 p.m.

Keynote Address: 

Alberto M. Carvalho, Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District

Friday, Sept. 29

8 a.m.

Breakfast in Allison Dining Room

9 a.m.

Keynote Address

Jeff Sandefer, Acton Academy

9:45 a.m.

Session 4A (Nye): What policies are needed for CTE to work?

Sylvia Duarte, hybrid homeschooling parent
Jessalyn Franchimone, hybrid homeschooling parent
Tanya Russel, hybrid homeschooling parent
Daniel Hamlin, University of Oklahoma, and Eric Wearne, Kennesaw State University (Moderators)

Session 4B (Alison): The varieties of hybrid homeschooling

Shaun Dougherty, Boston College
Mikko Silliman, Aalto University, Finland
John White, Propel America
Paul E. Peterson, Harvard University (Moderator)

10:45 a.m.


11 a.m.

Session 5A (Nye): Are micro schools sustainable?

Amar Kumar, KaiPod Learning
April Jackson, Pass Network
James Tooley, Buckingham University, UK
Daniel Hamlin, University of Oklahoma (Moderator)

Session 5B (Alison): What are the new models for educating those with special needs?

Yitz Frank, School Choice Ohio
Cher Harris, Autism Inspired Academy
Karla Phillips-Krivicka, Arizona State Board of Education 
Paul E. Peterson, Harvard University (Moderators)

11:30 a.m.


11:40 a.m.

Session 6A (Nye): New designs, programs, and missions in the charter sector

Anpao Duta Flying Earth, NACA Inspired Schools Network
Alexis Rubin, Launch
Nellie Sanders, Oklahoma Secretary of Education
Nina Rees, Rees and Associates, and Paul E. Peterson, Harvard University (Moderators)

Session 6B (Alison):  How are new technologies being leveraged by emerging models?

Ben Dodson, Doowii
Amir Nathoo, Outschool
Kelly Van Sande, Ignite Academy
Daniel Hamlin, University of Oklahoma (Moderator)

12:40 p.m.

Adjourn – Lunch