Turning the Corner: Toward a New Policy Agenda for College, Career, and Civic Readiness

October 7–8, 2015 • Boston, MA

This two-day event brought together over 100 of the most influential figures from across the education world (including researchers, policy advocates, practitioners, journalists, business leaders, funders, and state and local officials) to take stock of the changing policy landscape and chart out new principles and priorities for secondary school improvement.

This event was organized by Jobs for the Future's Students at the Center initiative, with a focus on deeper learning.

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Day One Reflections and Day Two Opening Remarks


Panel Discussion—Life after NCLB: Accountability, Assessment, and other State Policy Priorities


Panel Discussion (continued)


Keynote: States in the Driver’s Seat


Closing Remarks—Looking Around the Corner: What Lies Ahead for Secondary School Improvement?


Photos from Turning the Corner

Photo of our panel at the Turning the Corner event, featuring former education correspondant for PBS Newshour and president of Learning Matters, John Merrow as moderator; state superintendent of schools, West Virginia Department of Education Michael J. Martiano; VP of Regional/State Youth Pathways Systems for JFF Nancy Hoffman; and president of California State Board of Education Michael W. Kirst.


Elizabeth Grant, senior vice president at JFF, is pictured (center) conversing with other Turning the Corner participants. 


Ted Dintersmith, education philanthopist and founding producer of the film, Most Likely to Succeed, discusses his background in business and why he became interested in education.