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Leading Economist Raj Chetty to Address the National Summit on Education Reform



The Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) announced that Raj Chetty from Opportunity Insights will be speaking at the 2018 National Summit on Education Reform on Thursday, December 6 in Washington, D.C. ExcelinEd’s flagship event brings together educators from across the country and internationally to discuss ideas on how to improve education equity for all children.

Is the U.S. a land of opportunity? That depends tremendously on where you grow up, according to research by Raj Chetty. One of the world’s leading economists, Chetty is addressing important social and economic questions regarding inequality and opportunity. Through Opportunity Insights, Chetty uses “big data” to understand how we can give children trapped in disadvantaged communities a better chance to succeed.

“Earlier this year, I had the privilege of getting a first-hand look at the groundbreaking work that Raj Chetty, John Friedman and others are doing through Opportunity Insights — a team of talented scientists working to analyze hyper-local demographics to improve upward mobility for Americans across the nation,” said ExcelinEd Founder and Chairman Jeb Bush. “With education and economic success so closely intertwined, Raj has a lot to offer to those of us in education reform.”

Chetty is a Professor of Economics at Harvard University, where he researches empirical evidence and economic theory to design more effective government policies. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the 2013 John Bates Clark medal. He is one of the youngest tenured professors in Harvard’s history.

During the 2018 National Summit on Education Reform, ExcelinEd and Governor Jeb Bush will host more than 1,000 legislators, state superintendents, policymakers and thought leaders working to build a brighter future for our nation’s families. The packed two-day event will feature notable keynote speakers and in-depth strategy sessions on evolving laws, new trends, successful policies and the latest innovations that are transforming education for the 21st century.

#EIE18 is the only conference of its kind to feature a broad range of quality, innovation and opportunity policies that prioritize student success.

Visit the National Summit website for details on this year’s event. Follow @ExcelinEd on Twitter for the latest news and updates, and use #EIE18 to join the National Summit conversation.

Keynote addresses and strategy sessions will be open to the media. Members of the press interested in covering the event must request credentials in advance by registering online.