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There’s a growing appetite for children’s learning to no longer be limited to the resources and educators available in a single school building. This is a call for something radically different but not radical. Youth development providers, community-based players, and learner-centered leaders with experience tapping the power of the community are already making this happen. Leave with a new lens on who is out there to partner and collaborate with in support of your young people.

Session Learning Outcomes:

  1. Deepen awareness of the expertise and capacity of youth development providers and other “informal” learning players that go largely untapped by K-12 education.
  2. Be inspired by how learner-centered leaders are leveraging community resources, experiences, and partners to more equitably and powerfully serve young people.
  3. Be ready to seek out new allies and opportunities to bring the full power of your community to bear in support of your young people’s learning and development.



  • Alin Bennett, Education Reimagined
  • Jorge Perez, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
  • Olivia Christensen, Iowa BIG/Education Reimagined
  • Merita Irby, Forum for Youth Investment
  • Miguel Gonzalez, Embark Education