New Haven, Conn. — On April 4 and 5, education experts, practitioners and leaders will gather at the Omni Hotel in New Haven to discuss innovations in K-12 public education. The theme of this year’s conference, Education as Empowerment, asks participants to explore the role of educational institutions and leaders in promoting economic empowerment, racial equity and social mobility.

ConnCAN Executive Director Subira Gordon will serve on a panel to discuss systems of oppression in education reform. Panelists will discuss educational issues around representation, outcomes, money and power and explore ways to empower historically marginalized communities. Subira will join fellow panelists Tenicka Boyd of Color of Change, Duanecia Evans of Teach for America, Barbara Lopez of Make the Road – Connecticut and Jamilah Prince-Stewart of FaithActs for Education.

Gordon said, “The ideas shared at this conference can change lives. Positive innovation and reforms in education require multiple perspectives. ConnCAN is here today to listen and learn from others in order to improve opportunities for students in Connecticut.”

The 13th annual Yale School of Management Education Leadership Conference includes more than 750 participants. The conference begins Thursday evening with an Opening Plenary Keynote address. Friday features keynote speakers, panels and small group discussions on the complex relationships between schools and social movements, the relationship between education and life-outcomes, as well as innovative solutions designed to create lasting social change through education.

While much of the conversation will focus on a national audience, a host of local organizations, including ConnCAN will provide a Connecticut context for those traveling from out-of state. Gordon hopes to engage other participants about strategies to track post-secondary student outcomes.  

Gordon emphasized: “One of Connecticut’s biggest challenges is tracking outcome data. As a state, we must commit to providing data that shows where students go in life after attending our schools.”

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About ConnCAN:  ConnCAN is leading a movement to improve education outcomes for Connecticut’s kids. We bring advocates, policymakers, parents and educators together to change the system and give all kids access to the great public schools they deserve.  Learn more at


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