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RSVP Today! Building ESSA Plans for Equity and Opportunity

Grassroots Education Series

RSVP Today!
Building ESSA Plans for Equity and Opportunity

Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 12:00 pm EST

The future of our public schools is being determined right now — but do you have a seat at the table? The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), passed in 2015, is being implemented across the country. The ESSA accountability plans that states and districts are setting up now could lead us toward equity and opportunity or push us down the path of privatization and disinvestment.

This webinar will give participants simple and direct guidance on what makes an effective ESSA accountability plan. While the ESSA plans have been finalized in 17 states, the majority of states are still in the developmental stages: parents, advocates and stakeholders should be asking specific questions about how states and districts will effectively account for the progress and achievement of children of color. Since these plans could potentially affect multiple generations of our children, it is essential to understand how stakeholders can engage throughout the process.

Join us for a conversation informed by policy expertise and community organizing. Our speakers will include:

Allison Brown, Executive Director, Communities For Just Schools Fund

Tanya Clay House, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for P-12 Education, U.S. Department of Education

Beth Glenn, Director, Education Justice Network (EJN)

Marilyn Young, Education Director, Southern Echo



About the Presenters:

Allison BrownAllison Brown, Executive Director, Communities For Just Schools Fund

Allison Brown is executive director of the Communities for Just Schools Fund, a national donor collaborative providing financial support to local groups across the country organizing advocates for young people. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Howard University and her law degree at Harvard University.

After working as a law clerk and then as an associate at Crowell & Moring in Washington, she joined the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department where she investigated and prosecuted cases aimed at ensuring equal educational opportunities for all students and challenging the “school-to-prison pipeline.” After six years at the Justice Department, Brown left to open her own consulting firm and then joined the Open Society Foundations in 2013, where she was responsible for that philanthropy’s efforts to eliminate racial profiling and disproportionate student discipline.

Tanya Clay HouseTanya Clay House, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for P-12 Education, U.S. Department of Education

Tanya Clay House is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary for P–12 Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Before this, she served as the director of the public policy department at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She formerly served as the public policy director at People for the American Way (PFAW) and as the policy liaison for the African American Ministers Leadership Council, a program of the PFAW Foundation. She has previously worked for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and the Kentucky Department of Education. Ms. Clay House is also a member of the board of directors of the National Bar Association and the chair of the Civil Rights Law Section. She has testified before the US Senate Judiciary Committee, the US Senate Rules and Administration Committee, the US House of Representatives Committee on House Administration, and the Election Assistance Commission. She was selected as a 2010 NGen Fellow with the Independent Sector Foundation. The Root.com named her one of the top 100 African Americans to watch for 2010, and she was awarded the 2003 Congressional Black Caucus Chair’s Award. Ms. Clay House has been a guest speaker for numerous panels and national conferences and has been interviewed and quoted in NBC Nightly News, Associated Press, C-Span, The Washington Post, The New York Times, National Public Radio, and others. She earned her B.A. cum laude in political science from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.

Beth GlennBeth Glenn, Director, Education Justice Network

Beth Glenn is Director of the Education Justice Network, a collaborative of six national education nonprofits advocating for greater education equity and opportunity. Before directing EJN, Beth served as the National Education Director for the NAACP, a policy analyst, hill staffer and reporter and editorial writer for newspapers. She earned her Master’s Degree in Policy Analysis at The New School in New York, NY, and a Bachelors in Journalism from UNC Chapel Hill.

The daughter of an educator who spent more than 20 years in North Carolina public schools, Beth is an enthusiastic collector of African art, an avid reader, eager traveler and night owl, who is happiest in quiet places near water.

Marilyn YoungMarilyn Young, Education Director, Southern Echo

Marilyn L. (McKay) Young is a dedicated community organizer with her heart rooted in “Public Education Reform.” Marilyn became involved in youth organizing when she was a freshman in High School.  Marilyn was nominated by the community to be a youth leadership-training recipient at the Highlander Youth Leadership Committee in the spring of 1987.  Marilyn is very committed to community organizing and accountable public service.  On the state level, she has served as the Mississippi School Board Association member from the 2nd Congressional District for three years representing the education needs of the community.  On the local level, Marilyn was elected to the local Tunica County School Board in 2005 as the first African-American woman from District 1.  She has made it one of her life long goals to help improve the Tunica County School District and the quality of education in the school district and the State of Mississippi.  Marilyn holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from LeMoyne Owen College and a degree in early childhood education from Coahoma Community College.

Marilyn’s commitment to community is extensive and spans over thirty-one years.  Mrs. Young is a founding member of Concerned Citizens For A Better Tunica County, a local community-based organization she helped to start in 1993 to fight for the empowerment of the local community.  In 1994, she was elected to the Board of Directors of Southern Echo. In 1995, she was awarded the "Parent of the Year" honor at the Tunica County Head Start Center / ICS.  In January of 1999, Marilyn was award the "Outstanding Citizen Award" by African Americans for a Better Tunica County. In 2005, she helped to establish several Parent Teacher Organizations in the local schools.  Mrs. Young served as the Secretary of the Tunica County Board of Education until July of 2015. She is also a member of the Morning Star Baptist Church in Robinsonville, MS where she serves as the Clerk and Secretary.