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SoCal Grantmakers and the Education Funders Group invite you to join us for an in-person conversation with LAUSD’s Superintendent, Alberto Carvalho. This convening will be a unique opportunity to engage with Superintendent Carvalho and your philanthropic colleagues to reimagine and improve K-12 education throughout the LA region. The new Superintendent comes to the Los Angeles Unified School District after leading the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system for 14 years. As he embarks on this new role, he has developed a 100-Day Plan and hopes to address equity among students, staffing and enrollment issues, and academic program expansions.
We are delighted to announce that Kent McGuire, Program Director, Education, Hewlett Foundation, will join the Superintendent for a fireside chat conversation. During this portion of the program, we’ll learn about ongoing learning recovery efforts, his vision and goals for teaching and learning, and how to address the impact of declining enrollment on the district. Attendees will also explore how LAUSD envisions leveraging the funders group and its members for potential collaborative efforts to ensure that all students have access to the tools they need to succeed.
Themes for discussion:
Ongoing learning recovery efforts
Impact of declining enrollment on the district
Vision and goals for teaching and learning moving forward
LAUSD’s biggest successes and challenges in these first 80 days
The role of guidance and counseling for postsecondary success
Proposed strategies for making real change
How LAUSD envisions leveraging the Collaborative and its members
About the Education Funders Group
The Education Funders Group brings philanthropic funders together quarterly to learn about issues, trends, and needs in the field of education to inform individual and collective grantmaking. Over the years, the group has explored a variety of topics, including early childhood education, after-school programming, parent engagement, blended learning, linked learning, STEM, implementation of the common core, and college access/college success.
Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District
Alberto M. Carvalho has served as Superintendent of Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second-largest school district, since February 2022. He was selected by the Los Angeles Unified Board of Education in a unanimous vote following a comprehensive community engagement process and a nationwide search.
During his 14-year tenure as Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), Superintendent Carvalho garnered local, state, national and international recognition. His honors include Florida’s 2014 Superintendent of the Year; the 2014 National Superintendent of the Year; the 2016 winner of the Harold W. McGraw Prize in Education; the 2018 National Urban Superintendent of the Year; the 2019 National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) Superintendent of the Year Award; making him the most accomplished Superintendent in America’s history.
Superintendent Carvalho serves on the National Assessment Governing Board, appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Education. He also serves as a committee member for the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine and as an Advisory Committee Member to the Harvard Program on Education Policy and Governance. Superintendent Carvalho is a dedicated member of the National Board of Directors for Common Threads and the Posse Foundation.
M-DCPS became one of the nation’s highest-performing urban school systems, receiving systemwide accreditation from AdvancEd in 2014. M-DCPS was named as the 2014 College Board Advanced Placement Equity and Excellence District of the Year and the 2012 winner of the Broad Prize for Urban Education. He is now seeking to elevate LAUSD to the premier spot in American urban education.
Program Director, Education, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Kent McGuire is the Program Director of Education at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. He leads the investments of our teaching and learning and open educational resources strategies, with a focus on helping all students succeed in college, work and civic life. Kent is a veteran of the national education movement for public education.
Previously, Kent was the President and CEO of the Southern Education Foundation, an organization committed to advancing public education in the American South, with a focus on equity and excellence. Prior to that, he served as the Dean of the College of Education at Temple University and was a tenured professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
From 2001 to 2003, Kent was a senior vice president at the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, where he split his time between research projects on school reform and directing its department on education, children and youth. He has also been an education program officer at the Pew Charitable Trusts and directed the education program at the Lilly Endowment. Kent served as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education from 1998 to 2001.
Kent earned his Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Colorado, an M.A. from Columbia University Teacher’s College, and a B.A in economics from the University of Michigan. He serves on the boards of the Wallace Foundation, the Institute for Education Leadership, and the Panasonic Foundation.