In his speech, Mayor Taveras emphasized the importance of collaboration to achieve transformational changes in the Providence Public Schools.
Education is the single most important investment we can make in economic development and also in healthier neighborhoods and safer communities, said Mayor Taveras. Like many urban cities, we face challenges in Providence schools that are bigger than any one person or organization. However, I believe we can transform our schools by bringing people together around common goals to build partnerships and ultimately, consensus.
Mayor Taveras highlighted transformational initiatives in the Providence Schools, citing the work of the Providence Children and Youth Cabinet, a diverse team of community leaders helping to guide the future of education in Providence, United Providence, the nations first district-labor management partnership, a portfolio of traditional and charter schools and enhanced afterschool and summer learning opportunities.
The ELC is held annually in New Haven, CT, and attended by more than 750 leaders of public school districts, charter management organizations, and supporting non- and for-profit institutions from across the country.
Since 2007, the conference has been an important venue for national discussions on education reform and is the only major education conference in the country hosted by a business school.
The theme of this years conference is Inspiring Transformational Change.
Louisiana State Superintendent of Education John White also delivered a keynote address at the ELC.