This year’s conference theme, "Strength in Numbers," is a celebration of a decade of data-informed progress from across our network and an opportunity to discuss our future direction. Join us for our 10th-anniversary celebration. We will look back at the evidence-informed progress we’ve made as a sector but also look forward to the pressing issues of the day. This year the event will take place at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA from May 20–22, 2019. 

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Tuesday, May 21 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Behind the Numbers: Boston Valedictorians Project
Graduating from high school at the top of your class is the ultimate indicator of academic success, but for many of Boston's valedictorians their paths after high school have not necessarily gone as planned.

Meet the journalists behind The Boston Globe’s recent investigation into the outcomes of valedictorians from Boston high schools. Hear the team discuss its troubling findings with researcher Joshua Goodman and moderator Dean Bridget Terry Long, and learn from the valedictorians themselves about the barriers to success and what we can do to help our best and brightest students graduate from college and go on to flourish.

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Bridget Long

Dean and Saris Professor of Education and Economics, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Bridget Terry Long, Saris Professor of Education and Economics, is the 12th Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). A member of the HGSE faculty since 2000, Long served as academic dean from 2013 to 2017 and was previously the faculty director of the Ed.D. and Ph.D... Read More →

Madelyn Disla

Program Coordinator II, MRC
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Malcolm Gay

Journalist, The Boston Globe
Malcolm Gay covers visual and performing arts for the Boston Globe. He previously worked as a contributing writer at The New York Times.Named an Alicia Patterson Fellow in 2013, Gay has won numerous national journalism awards, including top honors from the James Beard Foundation, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, and the National Association of Black Journalists. His first book, “The Brain Electric,” was published in October 2015... Read More →
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Meghan Irons

Social Justice and Race Reporter, Boston Globe
Meghan E. Irons is a veteran journalist at the Boston Globe, covering a range of topics that touch on how culture, politics, and social issues intersect with every day life. She was a member of the award-winning project 68 Blocks, has explored the diverse communities in Boston, and... Read More →

Abadur Rahman

Economic Development Director, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation
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Joshua Goodman

Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Joshua S. Goodman, Associate Professor of Public Policy, is an applied microeconomist studying labor economics and education policy. His work has two major strands:1) Exploring the determinants and long-run impacts of college choice2) Evaluating innovative interventions to develop... Read More →

Tuesday May 21, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Charles Ballroom, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)