Agenda for Talk, Tech and Teachings:

Lessons Learned and New Ideas for Local Word Gap Campaigns Across America

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Tulsa Educare II – 3420 N. Peoria, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74106


Join Too Small to Fail and the George Kaiser Family Foundation to share ideas and promising practices for improving early literacy and language development.

This one-day convening will bring together local leaders from across the country to discuss community campaigns to improve early literacy and language development, with a special focus on the role of technology in local efforts.

City officials, health care, faith-based and business leaders, nonprofit partners, funders, innovators and more will come together to share lessons learned, disseminate early research and explore opportunities to collaborate.

8:00    Buses depart from Tulsa Hyatt Hotel for Tulsa Educare II
8:30    Breakfast & Networking
9:00    Welcome: Kara Dukakis, Director Too Small to Fail, The Opportunity Institute
            Introduction of Keynote Speaker: George B. Kaiser, Commercial and Charitable Entrepreneur
9:05    Keynote: Secretary Julian Castro, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and former Mayor of San Antonio
9:30    Panel 1:  Reaching Parents Where They Are: Key Community Touchpoints

Moderator: Ralph Smith, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

10:15    On-Stage Interview:  Business Leaders at the Forefront

Interviewer: Ken Levit, Executive Director, George Kaiser Family Foundation

11:00     Break

11:15     Panel 2:  Emerging Findings in Research and Evaluation

Moderator: Dale Walker, PhD, Associate Research Professor and Scientist in the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, Juniper Gardens Children's Project

12:15    Lunch/Break-Out Groups

1:30    Panel 3: Culture and Community

Moderator: Steven Hicks, Senior Policy Advisor, US Department of Education, Office of Early Learning

2:15    Midday Plenary: Technology and Early Childhood

Introduction: Patti Miller, Director of Too Small to Fail, Clinton Foundation

Keynote:  Michael H. Levine, Founder and Executive Director, Joan Ganz Cooney Center

2:45    Break

3:00    Panel 4: Reaching Families Through Text-Based Messaging

Moderator: Matt Regan, Senior Vice President for Public Policy, Bay Area Council

3:45    Panel 5:  The Power of Video and Social Media

Moderator: Caleb Gayle, Program Officer, GKFF 

4:30    Closing

4:45    Buses depart for Tulsa Hyatt Hotel