Mayor Schaaf to Represent Oakland at Harvard Education Convening

Date Posted: November 14th, 2017 @ 12:00 AM
Last Updated: October 23rd, 2018 @ 4:55 PM

OAKLAND - Mayor Libby Schaaf is representing the City of Oakland at the By All Means initiative convening at Harvard University’s Education Redesign Lab this week.

In an era of widespread disagreement on education reform, increased confidence in local control of education, and the absence of a dominant theory on where reform goes from here, visionary mayors are emerging as leaders of thought and action in defining a new role for municipalities to play in developing and educating young people, with particular attention to children living in poverty. Several mayors who are participating in both the HGSE’s By All Means Initiative and Harvard Kennedy School’s Bloomberg City Leadership Initiative are mapping out cradle-to-career pathways to success for children in their communities.

Oakland’s work in this area, specifically the launch of the Oakland Promise and the Youth Ventures Joint Powers Authority, will be featured at the biannual convening, starting today, during a public panel featuring Mayor Libby Schaaf.

WHAT: Panel Discussion with “Mayors Leading the Way on Child Development”


  • Libby Schaaf, Oakland, CA
  • Joseph Curtatone, Somerville, MA
  • Jorge Elorza, Providence, RI
  • Greg Fischer, Louisville, KY

Date: Tuesday, November 14

Time: 5:30 PM - 7 PM EST

The panel will be moderated by Jorrit de Jong, lecturer in Public Policy and Management, and faculty director of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School.

A livestream of the panel can be viewed on the Harvard Ed School’s Facebook page at the time of the event. You can follow and post about this event using the #Askwith hashtag.

This week, Lab Founder & Director Paul Reville authored a Washington Post article titled, “Why It's Time for Mayors to Take the Lead to Improve Public Schools.”

Interested parties can follow along with the entire convening by following the #ByAllMeansHGSE hashtag on twitter.

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