7:30 AM – 3:30 PM 555 West Cathedral Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012
This year’s theme inspires us to be agents of change, compelled by our shared belief that when we act in unison, we have the power to strengthen our schools, our communities, and our civic society. We seek to change the corrosive environment that thrives on fear, distrust, and divisiveness. As agents of change, the current political environment does NOT portray the principles of the democratic society we have sought to invigorate and protect. United in Action we will learn together, we will organize, and we will work to ensure healthy families, good schools, and enriched communities.
Now in its sixth year, the Alliance Summit is a convening of community, education, business, and philanthropic leaders to celebrate parents and strengthen partnerships for greater student and school success. We approach our work firmly grounded in the notion that supporting families to be agents of change in their communities and schools is crucial to ensuring students succeed and have a bright future. The goal of the Alliance Summit is to strengthen alliance-building efforts for a common agenda that empowers families and communities to support their schools and student success.
Keynote Speaker: RalphSmith
Managing Director, The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
About Ralph Smith: Ralph Smith is the Managing Director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. The Campaign has a network of more than 300 communities, representing 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Canada – with 4,1000 local organizations and more than 520 state and local funders (including 191 United Ways. It focuses its efforts on ensuring that more children in low income-income families are reading proficiently by the end of third grade, succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship.
For two decades, Smith taught Corporations and Securities Law and Education Law and Policy as a member of the Law Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. During this time he also served as Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer for the School District of Philadelphia, and as a senior advisor to Philadelphia's mayor on children and family policy.
Morning Address: Michele Siqueiros
President, The Campaign for College Opportunity
About Michele Siqueiros: Michele Siqueiros grew up in Los Angeles and was the first in her family to graduate from college thanks to federal, state, and college financial aid. She is passionate about the power of college to change lives, and the power of public policy making to expand or constrain college opportunity. As President of The Campaign for College Opportunity, Siqueiros works to expand access and success in college for California students by raising public attention on the critical challenges facing higher education, mobilizing a broad coalition of supporters, and influencing policymakers.
The Campaign’s mission to increase college-going and completion rates is driven by a strong belief that California’s future economic success depends on our ability to produce the best-educated workforce in the nation and that our diverse population of young adults deserve the same opportunity provided to previous generations – regardless of race or socio-economic status.
Under her leadership in 2010, the Campaign led the effort for historic transfer reform that makes it easier for students to transfer from any California Community College to the California State University system. She has worked to secure millions in state budget funding for student aid and to expand spots for more students in the state’s public colleges and universities. The Campaign has assembled a statewide network of over 12,000 coalition supporters, engaged over 50,000 young people and their families through scholarship contests which awarded well over half a million dollars in scholarships; released over 80 prominent reports on higher education; and passed important legislation improving remedial education, student support services and establishing a community college student success scorecard.
Siqueiros graduated from Pitzer College with a bachelor of arts degree in political studies with honors in Chicano/a studies. She received her master of arts in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She lives in the City of Los Angeles.
Families In Schools established the Excellence in Parent Engagement Award in 2010 to honor the legacy and leadership of Maria Casillas, our founding President. A life-long educator, Maria Casillas is an exemplary role-model and advocate for parent engagement who led Families In Schools from 2000 – 2010.
Inspired by Maria Casillas, the Excellence in Parent Engagement Award recognizes community leaders who make a significant impact in promoting policies or implementing programs that value parents as their child’s first teacher and create opportunities for all parents to support their child’s education.education. Every year, community members nominate leaders for this award to recognize their extraordinary achievement in:
Advocating for policies that foster parent engagement for underserved families to support their children’s education
Promoting and implementing programs that help parents develop their knowledge and skills on how to support their children’s education at home and at school
Demonstrating leadership, innovation, and collaboration in elevating the voices of parents in schools and communities
These impressive leaders work tirelessly every day to be powerful champions for parents and families throughout our state. They are critical in forging the path for collaboration, partnership, and alliance building needed to support lifelong student success in all of our communities.