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Aug 08, 2013

We are pleased to announce that Warren Simmons—one of the nation’s foremost education leaders—will be a featured speaker at the 76th annual Conference for Community Arts Education (October 30 - November 2, Chicago, IL).

Simmons is working to transform learning and close persistent achievement gaps through a community-centered approach that emphasizes the important role of arts and cultural institutions and other agencies in students’ success. His vision underscores the need for education systems to develop community within and among schools—and in partnership with a robust network of nonprofits, businesses, and civic organizations—to provide young people with a holistic range of opportunities and supports.

Simmons directs the work of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR) at Brown University and team-teaches a course in Urban Systems and Structure in Brown University's urban education policy master’s program. AISR’s mission is to improve outcomes and practices in urban schools, especially those serving economically disadvantaged students. Before joining the Institute in 1998, he was founding director of the Philadelphia Education Fund, a reform support organization that helped the School District of Philadelphia to fund, develop, and implement new academic standards, content-based professional development, standards-based curriculum resources, and comprehensive school reform, as part of the Children Achieving reform agenda. Previously, at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, he developed and funded initiatives on community development and urban school reform. He also served as director of equity initiatives for the New Standards Project, a coalition of 17 states and 6 school districts piloting the development of shared standards and assessments, and as special assistant to the superintendent of schools in Prince George’s County, MD, where he planned and/or implemented district-wide initiatives on improving the achievement of traditionally underserved students. Simmons received a B.A. in psychology from Macalester College and a Ph.D. in psychology from Cornell University. He is a recent recipient of the Distinguished Citizens Award from the National Governors Association and has served on the advisory groups and boards of several prominent national organizations including the National Center on Education and the Economy, Public Education Network, the National Equity Project, and the Campaign for Educational Equity. He was chair of the Rhode Island Urban Education Task Force, convened by Governor Donald Carcieri, and a member of the National Commission on Civic Investment in Public Education, convened by Public Education Network. He currently co-chairs the Aspen Urban Superintendents Network, and he was recently appointed by the National Research Council (NRC) to serve on the NRC's Committee on Strengthening Science Education Through a Teacher Learning Continuum.

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