No matter how passionate and committed you are to improving public education, no matter how much you enjoy your job, no matter how much you care about your colleagues and the students you serve, the work can be challenging. It’s easy to get frustrated by how hard it can be to help bring about sustainable improvements in school systems. It’s understandable to question if you are making a difference. It’s typical to be so focused on your own work and context that you don’t have the chance to keep up with promising practices and new ideas from other school systems — and benefit from the energy and excitement that learning brings.
These are all reasons why The Broad Center works hard to keep our network members connected, inspired and energized through ongoing opportunities to learn and grow as leaders. At the start of each year, The Broad Center Forum brings together more than 200 alumni from The Broad Academy and The Broad Residency in Urban Education in Los Angeles where they can share their innovative and transformative work as well as learn from other outstanding leaders in their fields.
For each Forum, we invite a range of speakers to inform and inspire our network, from within and outside of education. Past Forum speakers have included accomplished educators such as Pasi Salberg, John B. King, Kaya Henderson, Howard Fuller, Michael Matsuda, Montserrat Garibay and Jahana Hayes. We’ve also been fortunate to hear from authors and artists such as Claudia Rankine, Anna Deavere Smith, W. Kamau Bell, Luis J. Rodriguez, and leaders in other sectors such as Mellody Hobson, Eric Lander and Andy Stern. Our alumni have learned from activists and community leaders such as Sylvia Mendez and Brittany Packnett.
It is also a priority for us to make sure we are listening to and learning from students, teachers and parents. No Forum happens without these voices featured in a prominent way. Last year, student leaders from GripTape changed our perspective on what true student-led education can look like.
In between the plenary sessions and panels, the breakfast chats and breakout sessions, there is a lot of noise — noise from laughter, from sharing ideas, from catching up, from introductions to new people. The energy generated between alumni, our team members, our presenters and speakers is captivating and contagious. And it’s not by accident that we do this in January — what better way to re-energize people as they kick off another year? Regardless of their resolutions, we know our alumni seek to make each year better for the schools and communities they serve. And The Broad Center Forum is one way we hope to support them in doing just that.
Watch our video below highlighting last year’s Forum and we look forward to seeing our alumni at next year’s event on January 17-18, 2019!