Featured Speakers

The 2023 Public Policy Institute is proud to feature speakers who are leaders in their professions and the field of education policy and advocacy. The speakers listed below will be participating in panels, delivering keynotes, and sharing their expertise on advocating for public education and students' civil rights throughout the 2023 Public Policy Institute.

  • Ellen Kahn, the Senior Director, Programs and Partnerships at the Human Rights Campaign, and Amy Cannava, NASP's LGBTQI2-S Committee chair, will discuss the civil rights of LGBTQ+ students in policy and practice.  
  • Renee Bradley, an Education Program Specialist in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, will provide a broad landscape from the Department of Education regarding advancing educational equity.  
  • Sarah Abernathy, the Executive Director for the Committee for Education Funding, will provide an overview of the federal budget and appropriations.  
  • Lakeisha Steele, the Vice President of Policy at CASEL, will discuss standing up for social-emotional learning. 

More speaker announcements coming soon! Check back here and follow our social media channels to learn more about who will be speaking at the 2023 PPI. This page will continue to be updated with more detailed speaker bios, as well. 

Registration Information

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Agenda Overview

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Previous PPIs

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