Celebrate What’s Right: The State of Education

While urban education is not a unique issue to Memphis, our city is leading with unique solutions. All eyes are on our city, and Memphis is proving what’s possible on a national scale. With the local education landscape evolving rapidly, what are the most important steps we have taken and where do we go from here?

Join New Memphis, in partnership with Chalkbeat, for lunch on June 6 to hear from those leading in education – from policy makers to principals – on the successes and struggles in Memphis classrooms, and what innovations are pushing public education forward.

You’ll hear perspectives from:
Kendra Ferguson, Executive Director of KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools

Robert Harvey, Chief Executive Officer at STAR Academy

Carol Johnson, Executive Director, Regional Programs at New Leaders

Brad Leon, Chief of Strategy & Performance Management at Shelby County Schools

Marcus Robinson, CEO at Memphis Education Fund

Tim Ware, Executive Director of Achievement School District
…as well as other school leaders and local students.

This event is sponsored by First Tennessee Foundation.




Celebrate What’s Right: The State of Education

June 6, 2017, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis

3700 Central Ave.

Tickets $30  |  Table (of 8) $240

Snag your tickets here!


Do a Little Good Over Lunch

We will be collecting gently used men’s suits for Memphis Suit Project at the Celebrate What’s Right luncheon on June 6. Suits and professional attire in good condition will be collected at the door. We will also collect women’s professional attire for the Memphis Chapter of Dress for Success. All donations are tax deductible, and you will receive a donation receipt when you drop off your donation. Have questions? Email Megan Carolan.


About Our Co-Host

Chalkbeat Tennessee is a nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of the state’s most important stories: The effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education.  Sign up for their newsletter for regular updates on Tennessee education news.