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Keynote Speaker

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
8:30–9:45 a.m.

Clint Smith

Writer and educator

Clint Smith believes we all share a story. It’s the story of humanity, and it’s in the telling that we emerge as individuals and celebrate what we have in common. Clint is a writer, teacher, and doctoral candidate in education at Harvard University He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship, with research interests that include mass incarceration, the sociology of racism, and the history of inequality in America. Clint is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion, an Individual World Poetry Slam finalist, a Cave Canem fellow, a Callaloo fellow, and has served as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Department of State.


Plenary: Eye on Washington: Looking Ahead at Federal Education Policy

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

What’s ahead in 2019 for education policy? Budget pressures, divided politics, workforce demands, accountability and questioning the role and value of higher education will form the backdrop for critical education debates. As policymakers scrutinize college financing, admissions and affordability, a new, divided Congress will be drafting a significant overhaul of the Higher Education Act. Changes in Congressional oversight authority will challenge Trump Administration decisions and renew debates at all levels of education from K-12 funding, Every Student Succeeds Act implementation, and charter and independent school policies to new regulatory guidance on for-profit colleges and student affordability. The Court’s influence will continue in the aftermath of the Janus decision, the status of DACA students, immigration policy, campus free speech, and institutional accountability. Hear the latest news from Washington.


  • Melanie Storey, Senior Director, Higher Education and Financial Aid Policy - The College Board - DC
  • Sean Chalk, Policy Analyst - The College Board - DC

2018 Highlights