Young Education Professionals
Examples of Previous Events
The following examples come from YEP-DC's 2010 calendar. Each chapter is responsible for its own events. Please go to the Events page to see a list of upcoming YEP chapter events. In addition to five happy hours, YEP-DC held the following events in 2010:
Service Day at Boys & Girls Club (January 2010)
YEP-DC members participated in an MLK Day of Service volunteer event at a Boys & Girls Club.
Human Capital in Our Nation's Capital: An Evening with Jason Kamras (January 2010)
Jason Kamras, Director of Human Capital Strategy for Teachers in DC Public Schools (DCPS), spoke about IMPACT (the DCPS effectiveness assessment system for school-based employees) and DCPS' human capital strategy for teachers. DCPS recruiters were on hand to discuss current job opportunities with the school system and answer questions about DC's public school system.
Black and White and Blogged All Over: Education in the News (March 2010)
YEP-DC and the American Institutes for Research (AIR) co-hosted a panel of education journalists who discussed how education is covered today, what makes a compelling education story, and how the changing nature of the news industry is impacting the coverage and tenor of education reporting. The panel featured reporters who cover local, regional, and national beats through both traditional and new media outlets, including Mike DeBonis (Washington City Paper), Michele McNeil (Education Week), Bill Turque (The Washington Post), and Linda Perlstein (Education Writers Association).
Volunteer Day at J.C. Nalle Elementary School (April 2010)
YEP-DC members participated in Greater DC Cares' Servathon by volunteering at J.C. Nalle Elementary School.
Redefining College: The Democratization of Higher Education (May 2010)
This expert panel discussed the changing landscape of higher education. Growing student populations, changing demographics, the economic downturn, and the increasing demand for skilled workers have encouraged both postsecondary institutions and students to think and act differently about the role of higher education. The panel featured Julie Johnson (Deputy Director of the Community College of the District of Columbia), Katherine Brodie (Director of Government and Legal Affairs at the Career College Association), Sheila Mills Harris (Director of the School Without Walls at the George Washington University Early College Program), and Brian Sponsler (Research Analyst at the Institute for Higher Education Policy). Opening remarks came from Jonathan Gueverra (Chief Executive Officer of the Community College of the District of Columbia).
The Great Education Forum: Chairman Vincent C. Gray (June 2010)
The Great Education Forum was an opportunity for the DC mayoral candidates to discuss the education issues, challenges, and opportunities facing DC this year and ahead. From turnaround strategies and teacher effectiveness to early childhood education and high school reform, all education issues were put on the table for a robust and rich discussion. While the then-Mayor Adrian M. Fenty did not attend this event, attendees heard from Chairman Vincent C. Gray, who went on to be elected as mayor of DC later that year.
Give Back to DC Youth Happy Hour (July 2010)
DC has many organizations that provide funding, direct education, and enrichment services to DC students — most of which are in need of volunteers. Attendees learned about ways in which they could give back to DC youth (and, as with all our happy hours, they met other young education professionals). Organizations represented included College & Career Connections, Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, Mentors, Inc., One World Education, and the Young Professionals Committee of the DC Public Education Fund.
An Evening with Michelle Rhee (August 2010)
YEP-DC invited our members to hear from a woman at the center of the DC education scene since arriving in 2007: DCPS Chancellor Michelle Rhee. Kavitha Cardoza of WAMU moderated this event, which was comprised of both moderator and audience questions.
Volunteer Day for DCPS Beautification Day (August 2010)
Every year, DC Public Schools holds Beautification Day to fix up its schools for the new school year. In 2010, YEP-DC helped out at Garrison Elementary School.
From Recovery to Reform: Post-Disaster Education in New Orleans and Haiti (September 2010)
YEP-DC hosted a discussion on education reform in a post-disaster environment. Panelists Paul Vallas (Superintendent of the Recovery School District of Louisiana) and Marcelo Cabrol (Chief of the Education Division at the Inter-American Development Bank) discussed their personal experiences working in post-Katrina New Orleans and post-earthquake Haiti, and offered insights into strategies for how to rebuild a system from the ground up.
YEP Connect: Networking the Education Community (November 2010)
YEP-DC provided its members with the opportunity to engage with leaders representing a wide range of education sectors – including Capitol Hill, the Department of Education, locally- and nationally-focused non-profits, and foundations – and discuss strategies for finding, getting, and advancing in an education career. The event was broken down into three sections – an opening plenary highlighting the personal experiences in networking and career advancement for invited facilitators, small group discussions, and open networking.