Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Opening Plenary Session, 8 am – 9:30 am
Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
Andrew Solomon, Author “Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
“One of the many virtues of Mr. Solomon’s work — perhaps its most important virtue — is its fearlessness.” —The New York Times
Andrew Solomon is a writer of remarkable talent and intellect. His books and essays explore the subjects of politics, culture and psychology with extraordinary humanity.
Acclaimed as a revolutionary feat of journalism, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & the Search for Identity, is an examination of the means by which families accommodate children with physical, mental and social disabilities and how these unusual situations can be invested with love. Andrew spent ten years researching the book, interviewing more than 300 families and generating more than 40,000 pages of notes! NPR called the book “a work of genius” and Vanity Fair said, "Andrew Solomon's empathy, heart, and vast intelligence are in abundance in Far from the Tree." His latest book is a collection of essays examining his years of international travel titled Far and Away.
He received the National Book Award for The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression. The book was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and was a worldwide bestseller published in more than twenty languages. It is widely considered the definitive text on depression.
A regular contributor to NPR, The New York Times and many other publications, Andrew is an outspoken activist and philanthropist for many causes in LGBT rights, mental health, education and the arts. He is the founder of the Solomon Research Fellowships in LGBT Studies at Yale University and is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Psychology from Jesus College, Cambridge and currently is the President of PEN American Center.
Wednesday, March 22
Wednesday Plenary Session 8 am – 9:30 am
Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
Jed Wallace, President and CEO, California Charter Schools Association
Jed Wallace serves as the president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association, a membership organization supporting the state's 1,184 charter schools serving more than 545,000 students.
Jed began his career in public education as a teacher at Hooper Avenue Elementary School, a 2,000-student school in South-Central Los Angeles. Serving there for seven years, he established a successful school-within-the-school that became the basis for an effort to convert Hooper Avenue to charter status. He later worked in the Office of the Superintendent at San Diego City Schools where, among other duties, he was responsible for the oversight of the district's 22 charter schools. Immediately before coming to the association, Jed served as the chief operating officer of High Tech High, where he oversaw all operational and financial aspects of the organization during a period when High Tech High grew from one school serving 400 students into eight schools serving more than 3,000 students.