Deputy Secretary of Education Jim Shelton will participate in Exponent Philanthropy’s 2014 national conference on Friday, Oct. 31, in Washington, D.C. He will give remarks during a plenary panel titled “Cause-Effect-Change.” Shelton, who also is the executive director of President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Task Force, will discuss the need to work across political party lines to improve academic outcomes for America’s children. He also will address the important role that technology plays in bridging the education gap. Discussions will continue in breakout luncheon sessions with individual panelists.
Exponent Philanthropy, formerly the Association of Small Foundations, is a membership association supporting the largest segment of philanthropy—those who work with few or no staff. With its name change earlier this year, Exponent Philanthropy is expanding its reach to empower the growing cross-section of philanthropists, including foundations, high-net-worth individuals, donor-advised fund holders, giving circles and others.
The Obama Administration strongly believes that every child deserves the opportunity to succeed, and education is crucial to the economic strength and security of our nation and communities. The Department of Education’s work is focused on ensuring all students receive an education that prepares them for success in life and their career, through programs including ConnectED, School Improvement Grants, Race to the Top, as well as ED's work to expand access to preschool and make college more affordable.