Schedule Sessions Keynote Curbside

Theme – Embracing the Power of Education

This year’s summit will focus on the wide array of community-based efforts from across the region focused on education from birth to career. The goal is to highlight, activate and motivate participants to embrace the power of education in their work as community and neighborhood leaders and representatives.


Schedule Subject to Change

8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:15 am Registration open
8:30 am Exhibit Booths open; Curbside Consulting registration opens
8:45 am Opening Session Begins
9:00 am Welcome and Opening Address – Michael Thurmond

County Shout Out!

9:45 am Break – visit Exhibitors and network
10:00 am I – Workshop sessions (Various rooms)
See Workshop Description
11:30 am Break/Lunch Begins (Ballroom)
11:45 am Interactive Lunch Plenary – Great Schools Atlanta
12:45 pm Break – visit Exhibitors and network
1:00 pm II – Workshop sessions (Various rooms)
See Workshop Description
2:20 pm Break – visit Exhibitors and network
2:30 pm Embracing the Power of Education – Regional Leaders Call to Action
Alicia Philipp (Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta); Milton Little (United Way for Greater Atlanta), Jane Hayes (Atlanta Regional Commission) – moderated by Ann Cramer
3:15 pm Closing Performance
3:30 pm Special Sessions – visit Exhibitors and network

Topics: Education Issues Assembly (prerequisite required); Neighborhood Fund Application Workshop

5:00 pm Adjourn

Workshop Tracks

Attendees will be able to choose from the following workshop tracks offered at 10:00am and 1:00pm. Session descriptions will be outlined in the event program.

Education & Policy: Sessions focus on the big issues facing our communities and breaking down complex issues and trends in education everyone needs to know.

Education in Neighborhoods: Sessions delve into ways local community groups are working outside the school building or institution to strengthen their communities through partnerships, organizing, programs, community projects and events.

Education Solutions: Sessions explore innovative community solutions and generate new ideas to advance solutions to the biggest education issues in your community.

Fresh Ideas: Sessions feature youth leaders sharing current practices. Attendees will hear how to best engage a young generation of do-gooders that connect, get involved and give.

Life Long Learning: Beyond the Classroom: Sessions feature opportunities throughout the education pipeline from early learning to workforce development and training for job seekers.

Education Issues Assembly* (3:30pm-5:30pm) – Led by One Atlanta, local coalition of Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE). Come help identify which issue areas in education are the most widely and deeply felt in our community, around which One Atlanta will form teams for research and action.

*Note: Participation in the Education Issue Assembly is limited to those that have attended previous education conversations or house meetings led by One Atlanta/LEE in 2015. An Education Conversation session will be hosted by One Atlanta at the Neighborhood Summit for attendees to attend the Issues Assembly.

Opening Plenary Speaker: Michael L. Thurmond


The Neighborhood Summit is proud to present Mr. Michael L. Thurmond, former superintendent of the DeKalb County School District as the opening plenary speaker at the 2015 Neighborhood Summit.

Thurmond is the former superintendent of the DeKalb County School District, the third largest district in the state of Georgia. The district serves 100,000 students with over 13,400 employees. During his tenure the district upgraded its accreditation status, eliminated a multi-million dollar deficit and improved student academic performance and graduation rates. Thurmond was raised as a sharecropper’s son in Clarke County, Georgia. He graduated with honors with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Paine College and later earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina’s School of Law. He also completed the Political Executives program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

In 1986, he became the first African-American elected to the Georgia General Assembly from Clarke County since Reconstruction. During his legislative tenure, Thurmond authored major legislation that has provided more than $250 million in tax relief to Georgia’s senior citizens and working families.


Topic areas include:
• Fundraising
• Advocacy
• Program Planning
• Marketing
• Neighborhood Nexus
• Community Organizing/Building
• Volunteer/Board Management.

Curbside Consulting sign-up will open at the Neighborhood Summit at 8:30 am on September 26. Be sure to select your topic area in advance and sign up first thing – the time slots go fast! Having trouble figuring out how to motivate your neighbors? Need help determining the best way to raise money at your event? One of the most popular programs at the Neighborhood Summit is the Curbside Consulting. These 25-minute sessions are a chance for 1-3 representatives from your group to sit down with a consultant and as the questions you want to learn the answers to in one of our topic areas. Sessions will be offered from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone