Spotlight on Education

For eight years, SOLES has sponsored the annual Spotlight on Education: A Speaker Series. The series provides a forum to hear and discuss world-class, cutting-edge, visionary thinking. It is a venue for site administrators, teacher leaders, central office administrators, university students, professors of educational administration and business leaders to hear insights and perspectives from respected researchers and educators. The Spotlight Speaker Series provides an excellent opportunity for district- and site-level leadership teams to attend sessions, and return to their respective workplaces to engage in professional dialogue around the topics and themes presented.

2015/2016 Spotlight on Education

01-Oct-15            Sal Khan - Founder and CEO of Khan Academy

“Education Reimagined “

Join Sal Khan as he tells the inspiring story of how he founded the not-for-profit Khan Academy and how the organization is educating millions of people worldwide. Sal will also share his thoughts on what education reimagined could look like and how his dream of "providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere" could become a reality.

Sal Khan is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Khan Academy.  The Academy’s mission is to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere using a learning platform comprised of instructional videos, practice exercises, dashboard analytics, and teacher tools which empower learners inside and outside the classroom to learn at their own pace.  Khan Academy currently reaches over 26 million registered students in more than 190 countries. 


17-Nov-15           Yevette Jackson

Yvette Jackson, Ed.D. is internationally recognized for her work in assessing the learning potential of


18-Feb-16            Pedro Noguera

A dynamic speaker, Pedro Noguera is one of America's most important voices for healthy public education, focusing on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions in urban settings.


28-April-16            Jo Boaler

Dr. Boaler has studied why students don’t like math and often fail in math classes.  She has followed thousands of students through middle and high schools to study how they learn and to find the most effective way to unleash the math potential in all students. 

She is the CEO and co-founder of Youcubed, a non-profit organization that provides mathematics education resources to parent and educators of K–12 students. Dr. Boaler is the author of seven books including, What’s Math Got To Do With It?  and The Elephant in the Classroom, both written for teachers and parents with the goal of improving mathematics education in both the US and UK. Her newest book, Mathematical Mindsets was just recently released and provides practical strategies that show children, even those who are convinced they are bad at math, that they can enjoy and succeed in math. 

General Admission $50 Register for the Spotlight on Education.

Groups of 10+ are offered a discounted price, please contact Andrea Cornell to register:

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