Press Advisory

High School Reform and Extended Learning Time

Out-of-the-Box Strategies for Improving High School Performance

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, October 31, 2006, the Center for American Progress will host a roundtable discussion with policy leaders on a new paper by Hilary Pennington on innovative approaches to high school education and systemic implementation of extended learning time. New design and implementation strategies and best practices will be shared as we consider the benefits of more systematic experimentation with extended learning time to modernize education and better prepare students for post-secondary study and/or workforce opportunities.

Featured Participants:
Daniel Gohl, Principal, McKinley Technology High School, Washington, DC
Hilary Pennington, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress and Co-founder and Vice Chair, Jobs for the Future
Gene Pinkard, Principal, Maya Angelou Charter School

Cynthia G. Brown
, Director of Education Policy, Center for American Progress

Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Program: 9:30am to 11:00am
Admission is free.

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Daniel Gohl is the Founding Principal of McKinley Technology High School in Washington, DC. McKinley opened in 2004 and is a citywide high school integrating career and technology education with college preparation in the District of Columbia Public School system. He came to the D.C. are from Austin, TX where he held positions as Director of the Science Academy of Austin at the Lyndon Baines Johnson High School, Director of the Kealing Magnet Program at the Kealing Junior High School, Instructional Technology Coordinator in Austin Public Schools, and as a teacher in the William B. Travis High School. Mr. Gohl has a bachelor’s degree in Physics, and a master’s degree in Science Education from the University of Texas.

Eugene Pinkard is the Principal of the Maya Angelou Public Charter School Shaw campus in Northwest, DC. After graduating with a degree in Government and Theology from Georgetown University, Mr. Pinkard taught for one year in rural South Africa before joining the faculty and administration of Archbishop Carroll High School. He has since served as an administrator in public, private and charter schools in the Washington, D.C. area for fifteen years. In his current position, and as Assistant Principal at Bell Multicultural High School and Executive Director of Capital Partners for Education, Mr. Pinkard developed systems for tracking student progress and promoting achievement through instructional development, data compilation and special support programs. Mr. Pinkard earned a master’s degree in School Administration from Trinity College. Mr. Pinkard is a native of Buffalo, New York and still roots for the Bills. He resides in Washington and has one four-year-old son.

Hilary Pennington is a Senior Fellow at the progressive think tank, the Center for American Progress, and Co-Founder of Jobs for the Future, a research and policy development organization. At Jobs for the Future, Ms. Pennington has overseen an extensive research and policy agenda, as well as consulting with over 20 states and many communities on the issues of economic change, youth transitions, and workforce development. Ms. Pennington was a member of Clinton’s Presidential Transition team in 1992 and recently completed tenure as Co-Chair of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Expanding Training Opportunities. She has advised President Clinton and the first Bush administration on workforce and education policies and worked with the Secretaries of the Departments of Labor and Education to design the landmark School to Work Opportunities Act, enacted in 1994. Prior to founding Jobs for the Future, Ms. Pennington worked in corporate strategy and public policy at Aetna and the Boston Consulting Group. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Management and Yale College. She holds a graduate degree in Social Anthropology from Oxford University.

Cynthia G. Brown is Director of Education Policy at the Center for American Progress. She has also served as Director of the Renewing our Schools, Securing our Future National Task Force on Public Education, a joint initiative of the Center and the Institute for America’s Future. Cindy has spent over 35 years working in a variety of professional positions addressing high-quality, equitable public education. Prior to joining the Center for American Progress, she was an independent education consultant who advised and wrote for local and state school systems, education associations, foundations, nonprofit organizations, and a corporation. From 1986 to 2001, Brown served as director of the Resource Center on Educational Equity of the Council of Chief State School Officers. She was appointed by President Carter as the first assistant secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education (1980). Prior to that position, she served as principal deputy of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare’s (HEW) Office for Civil Rights. Subsequent to this government service, she was co-director of the nonprofit Equality Center. Before the Carter Administration, she worked for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law, the Children’s Defense Fund, and began her career in the HEW Office for Civil Rights as an investigator. Brown has a Master’s in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a B.A. from Oberlin College. She serves as chair of both the Institute for Responsive Education and American Youth Policy Forum Boards of Directors and on the Boards of Directors of the Hyde Leadership Public Charter School and the National Association for Teen Fitness and Exercise.