The Summit’s 25th Anniversary celebration culminated with a gala honoring ed reform champions who have made a significant impact in children’s lives and helped raise the bar on education. Florida’s leading school choice champions were among the honorees. Jonathan Hage, founder of Charter Schools USA, received the Founder’s Award; the American Dream Award was presented to Fernando Zulueta of Academica. Miami’s own T. Willard Fair was also honored at the Summit with a Trailblazer Award.
“Why do we have all this growth, but all this resistance from those were trying to ‘serve?,” asked Howard Fuller.
Student musicians from Keys Gate Charter School and Somerset Academy Chapel Trail entertained guests at the CER Gala. Pictured: Somerset Acadmey principal Bernie Montero proudly poses with his student Manny and band teacher Tatiana Ortega.
Center 4 School Change founder Joe Nathan was among the #CER25 honorees for his work in the ed reform movement.
JC Huizenga, founder of National Heritage Charter Schools in Michigan, received the Frontiersman award.
Former Arizona legislator and Secretary of Education Lisa Keegan was recognized for her decades of commitment to making Arizona a national success story for education.
While accepting the Education Innovator Award, Brian Jones said “the promise of America is that the circumstances of your birth should not limit your horizon.”
Kevin Chavous with K12 Inc lead a discussion on the next wave of national education policy.
Wisconsin Governor Tommy G. Thompson was among the CER honorees. “At the root of Gov. Thompson’s nationally recognized education reforms is the belief that parents know best how to educate their children. Government’s role is to provide parents with the tools, the choices and the foundation for providing their children with a world-class education. He has worked tirelessly to shift authority over education from a centralized bureaucracy to the parents in Wisconsin’s communities. And he’s making schools more accountable to the people they serve. “ – WI Governor’s website , Jan 8, 2001
“Used to be that tech was about selling a product; Now when people talk about technology, they’re talking about philosophy and mission. It’s great!,” said Frank Brogan (pictured), Assistant US Secretary of Education.
“We have been using a model of school created in the 19th century, so my questions is – how are children going to be able to make decisions and succeed in the current environment?” asked Gisele Huff, during the Reimagining Higher Ed discussion with Governor Jeb Bush, Bill Hansen/Strada Education, and Michael Moe/GSV.