“Education Reform and the Importance of Leadership”
On April 4th, the Dallas Young Alumni concluded the 2011-2012 Professional Breakfast Series, entitled “Leaders of the Second Century”. In this fourth installment, approximately 40 attendees gathered to listen to Kerri Briggs, Director of Education Reform at the George W. Bush Institute. Briggs served in many roles at the Department of Education under President Bush, including Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education.
Education reform is one of the major areas of engagement for the Bush Institute, which will be housed in the Bush Presidential Center that opens in July 2013. Approximately 75% of US children do not graduate from high school, resulting in a socioeconomic crisis for Americans. Briggs spoke about two initiatives: Middle School Matters and the Alliance to Reform Education Leadership.
Middle School Matters is a program designed to dramatically increase the number of middle school students who will be well-prepared to enter high school. The Alliance to Reform Education Leadership is a program to bring together principal development programs and to advocate on behalf of these training programs.
After the event, Briggs encouraged people to get involved in education reform by volunteering at local public or charter schools. In the past, the SMU Young Alumni have participated by providing assistance to students filling out financial aid forms.
Thanks to the Crescent Club, our host committees, and all young alums who have attended a 2011-2012 Breakfast Series event. We look forward to providing a world-class slate of speakers again this Fall.
Written by: Evan Shaver ’03 – Event Chair