Washington, DC –– Today, the DC Charter School Alliance announced that Dr. Howard Fuller, education reformer, civil rights activist, and academic, will keynote its annual conference on October 26, 2021. This year’s conference will reflect on 25 years of the DC charter school movement’s history while sharing the sector’s vision for excellence for the next 25 years. The conference will take place virtually on October 26-28, 2021.
“Dr. Fuller is a compassionate advocate who has relentlessly fought for education reform throughout his distinguished career,” said DC Charter School Alliance Founding Executive Director Shannon T. Hodge. “As we celebrate and reflect on 25 years of tremendous success in the District’s public education system and share our vision for excellence for the next 25 years, we’re looking forward to Dr. Fuller challenging our hardworking educators to think boldly about the future of DC public charter schools and how to make schools even stronger to ensure every student has an equitable shot at success through a high quality education.”
Dr. Fuller has a renowned career in both public service and education. He is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Education at Marquette University, where he is also the Founder and Board Chair Emeritus of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning. The institute’s mission is to support exemplary education options that transform learning for children while empowering families, particularly low-income families, to choose the best options for their children. His remarks will focus on inspiring a commitment to equity in our education system.
“There are always new buzz words thrown around in this country. Today, it is diversity, equity, and inclusion. In a few years, there will be some new ones,” said Dr. Fuller. “But the reality is that there is no real political will in the body politic in this country to provide equity in education or anything else for our poorest children, a disproportionate number of whom are Black.”
Prior to his appointment at Marquette, Fuller served as the Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools, gaining a national reputation for his support for fundamental educational reform. Fuller is also a distinguished Board member of the Dr. Howard Fuller Collegiate Academy (formerly the Milwaukee Collegiate Academy), a public charter high school delivering a college-focused education to high school scholars.
The virtual DC Charter School Conference will feature workshops, inspiring speakers, timely content, and opportunities for networking and collaboration. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of substantive sessions that fit their individual needs, as well as to learn together about issues that the entire DC charter sector faces.