Education Reform Panel

Education Reform Panel
Date: 
July 14, 2014 -
5:30pm to 6:45pm

One of the most riveting and pertinent issues today is that of education and where it should be heading. Join Ms. Pyper Davis 87, Ms. Christina Henderson *12, Mrs. Theola DeBose 96, and Mr. Massie Ritsch 98 as Henderson mediates a discussion about the different takes on necessary reforms in education and what they would look like.

Ms. Pyper Davis 87 will begin as executive director for Educare DC in September 2014. Educare is a research-based early childhood program that prepares at-risk children for school. Educare DC is an anchor program within the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative. Most recently, Davis spent more than 10 years as the chief operating officer of The SEED Foundation. Davis helped to lead the growth of SEED, developing the talent, program model and infrastructure within SEEDs college-prep boarding school network. Prior to joining SEED, Pyper spent nine years in the television business, primarily as an executive with The News Corporation, working in both a strategic and operational capacity in London, New York, Los Angeles and a member of Princeton Universitys Board of Trustees.

Ms. Christina Henderson *12 serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff for D.C. Councilmember At-Large David Grosso. In this role, she is responsible for crafting and advancing Councilmember Grossos legislative agenda on an array of issues including public education, health care, finance and revenue, transportation and the environment, and business, consumer, and regulatory affairs. A fierce advocate for strong public education systems, Henderson has worked for D.C. Public Schools, the New York City Department of Education, the National Association of State Boards of Education, and the Montgomery Township Board of Education. She also has experience working on Capitol Hill and several campaigns. Henderson received her B.A. in Political Science from Furman University in Greenville, SC and her Master in Public Affairs degree from Princeton Universitys Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs.

Mrs. Theola DeBose 96 spent more than a decade as a journalist, most of her career at The Washington Post. There she was a local and international reporter, writing on everything from DC crime and education to the war in Iraq and the Haiti earthquake. She was recognized as an Emerging Journalist by the National Association of Black Journalists. Theola received her undergraduate degree in religion from Princeton University and a Masters in Journalism from the University of California at Berkeley. She sings with SongRise, Washington DCs all-female social-justice a cappella group, and is a mom of three. Theola now works in education as Director of Communications for the DC Public Charter School Board. Those who know her say she is committed, curious, and has a great sense of humor.

Mr. Massie Ritsch 98 is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for External Affairs and Outreach at the Department of Education, a position he has held since 2009. He served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach from 2012 to 2013. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Ritsch was the Communications Director for the Center for Responsive Politics, where he helped oversee www.OpenSecrets.org. From 2003 to 2005, he was Vice President of Sugerman Communications Group. Mr. Ritsch began his career as a politics and education reporter for The Los Angeles Times from 1998 to 2003.

Location: Hall of the States, 444 North Capitol St. NW, Room TBD
Closest Metro: Union Station (Red Line)
RSVP Opens: Thursday, July 10th 1:30 PM
Attendance Limit: 20

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