Register now for the 2016 EdSource Symposium!

The 2016 Symposium, EdSource’s annual statewide public education conference, will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2016, at the Oakland Convention Center.

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About the Symposium

California is in the midst of a historic drive to further educational equity and promote school success—but will the outcomes match the state’s ambitions? Will the move from test-based accountability to a more complex system measuring school climate, student engagement, and academic achievement make a difference?  Will students end up better prepared for college and careers?

In our 2016 Symposium, “Making it Work: Implementing California’s New Vision for School Success,” EdSource will offer a timely, in-depth look at these reforms. Attendees will leave with need-to-know information about the changes and the extent to which new ways of assessing success can translate into improved education outcomes.

Presenters include

  • California Collaborative for Educational Excellence Executive Director Carl Cohn
  • State Board of Education President Michael Kirst
  • Opportunity Institute Co-Founder Christopher Edley, Jr.
  • Policy Analysis for California Education Executive Director David Plank
  • Learning Policy Institute President Linda Darling-Hammond
  • Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor (invited).
  • Executive Director, CORE Districts Rick Miller
  • Executive Director, Education Trust-West Ryan Smith
  • President, Stuart Foundation Jonathan Raymond 
  • President-elect, California State PTA Dianna MacDonald
  • Superintendent, Vallejo City Unified School District Ramona Bishop 

Who should attend?

School district leaders, parent leaders, advocates, teachers, policy experts, and elected officials — and anyone who is committed to improving public education in the state.

Topics Include

  • What is the budget outlook for implementation of California’s reform initiatives?
  • How feasible will it be for California to use multiple measures to assess school improvement? 
  • How will schools benefit from California’s drive to replace top-down mandates emphasizing sanctions and punishment?
  • How will schools improve school climate — and measure it? 
  • What are better forms of assessment? Where does social-emotional learning fit in?


October 6, 2016

8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m •  Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.

Oakland Convention Ctr. 550 10th Street, Oakland, CA

Early bird registration (through Sept. 9, 2016) is $109.00 •  After Sept. 9, fee is $129.00.            

Box lunch is included  •  Group discounts, and a limited number of scholarships may be available. Click here to request more information.

Note: we can only accept payment by credit card. Symposium registration fees are not refundable, but substitutions are permitted.  

EdSource thanks School Services of California for their assistance in hosting registration for the event. Click here to register at School Services’ website.

Click here for more information about our sold-out 2015 Symposium, and check out our live blog from that event.

More information about this year’s event will be announced soon! Watch this page or email us to receive updates.