The 2020 Whole School Reform conference will continue to push participants’ thinking and disrupt the status quo that exists in many schools and districts, especially those serving minority students and students living in poverty.
Throughout the years, the Whole School Reform conferences have focused on coaching, leadership development, perceptions of race and poverty, and now, the achievement gap. With the growing number of participants, the leaders of REACH realize that the challenge of providing powerful and thought-provoking experiences is to secure experts in the field, both theorists and practitioners, that are capable of discussing current challenges in education that impede high student achievement. In return, REACH asks each of the conference’s participants to actively engage in the conference, have an open mind to new ideas, examine current practices, and reflect on the adjustments necessary to address concerns in their home schools and districts.
This year’s conference promises to live-up to the past experience of pushing participants out of their comfort zone and support them through solution-based inquiry and action planning.