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Dr. Howard Fuller: Why I’m looking forward to #EIE18

• Howard Fuller

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In 1990, longtime civil rights activist Dr. Howard Fuller helped launch the nation’s first school voucher program, giving Milwaukee’s African-American students access to better schools. Since then, he hasn’t stopped fighting for quality educational opportunities. Dr. Fuller will be a featured speaker at #EIE18, sharing his perspective on the past and future of educational opportunity.

My enthusiasm keeps building as we get closer to this year’s National Summit on Education Reform. The opportunity to spend time with more than 1,000 leaders and policymakers who are passionate about helping students is definitely my idea of a good week.

If you’ve been to ExcelinEd’s Summits before, you’ve felt that energy. I’m always eager to hear new ideas, learn what others are doing and collaborate to keep fighting for our kids. Yes, I’ve been around for a while, but those things never get old.

My own passion centers on expanding options for parents. I’m proud that our decades of work in Milwaukee have made a difference for families and serve as an example of choice and opportunity. I’m especially proud that so many of “my” students have gone on to fulfilling and successful lives.

But I’m also a realist and am repeatedly humbled by the enormous challenges we still face.

More than ever, education systems in every state, district and neighborhood need leaders who believe we can do better. Who know what it takes to make a difference in schools, in funding formulas and in policies that drive change. And most of all, who are willing to look into a community—especially one filled with black or brown faces or hungry faces or homeless faces—and say, “Every child here deserves access to a quality education.”

That’s the vision that gets me out of bed each morning, and I hope it’s the same for you, too. Let’s connect in December at the National Summit. There’s a lot to talk about.

About #EIE18

On December 5–7, 2018, Governor Jeb Bush and ExcelinEd will host the 11th annual National Summit on Education Reform (#EIE18) in our nation’s capital at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC. Join this conference to learn, network, engage and share the latest strategies to help students across America prepare for success.

This year’s exceptional lineup of keynote speakers and in-depth strategy sessions will inspire and empower attendees to build a brighter future for our nation’s families. Visit to learn more and to register.

About the author

Howard Fuller

Howard Fuller’s career includes many years in both public service positions and the field of education. Dr. Fuller is a Distinguished Professor of Education, and Founder/Director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Immediately before his appointment at Marquette University, Dr. Fuller served as the Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools June 1991 - June 1995. Dr. Fuller became nationally known for his unending support for fundamental educational reform.