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Equity and Sustainability: Budgeting to Build Schools Back Better
Schools, districts and communities are facing myriad challenges as we emerge into a post-pandemic world. The massive influx of federal stimulus dollars adds enormous potential and further complexity. This webinar will help to build understanding of the magnitude of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding and its potential for short- and long-term impact, sustainable financial planning, resource equity, community partnership and more.

Aleesia Johnson, superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools, will share a district leader’s perspective on what young people, schools and districts need right now. Anu Malipatil, vice president, education at the Overdeck Family Foundation and Karen Hawley Miles, president and CEO of Education Resource Strategies, Inc. will help identify roles for philanthropy to play in supporting a strong and sustained recovery for schools within the communities they serve whether urban, suburban or rural. Grantmakers for Education Executive Director Celine Coggins will guide the discussion on the current challenges and exciting opportunities this moment provides and the potential for profound impact on young people, communities and a wide range of stakeholders now and into the future.

This event is intended for members and other education grantmakers. There is no cost to attend this Grantmakers for Education program.

May 18, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Aleesia Johnson
Superintendent @Indianapolis Public Schools
Aleesia Johnson has served as the superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), Indiana’s largest public-school district, since July 2019 and is the first Black woman to lead in this role. Beginning as a middle school teacher, she has been an educator for 19 years, achieving success as a teacher, school leader, and administrator in both public charter and traditional district schools. A native of Evansville, Indiana, Aleesia and her husband, Andre, have four children, three of whom are students in IPS. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Agnes Scott College, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Oakland City University, and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. Aleesia is active in her community serving on the boards of the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Enroll Indy, IUPUI Board of Advisors, and Teach For America-Indianapolis.
Anu Malipatil
Vice President, Education @Overdeck Family Foundation
Anu Malipatil is the Overdeck Family Foundation’s founding team member, bringing over 18 years of K-12 education and nonprofit sector experience. Anu works with the Trustees to set the vision, goals and priorities, and guides the leadership team, overseeing program, impact and learning, communications, and people/operations workstreams. Before OFF, Anu was a Regents Research Fund Fellow at the NY State Education Department, where she led the development of their statewide curriculum effort, and the Managing Director at Teach For America in NYC, where she helps build their first assessment bank and student achievement toolkits for math/science. Anu is a NY Regional Board Member for Teach For America and a Founding Board Member for Coney Island Preparatory Charter School. She is a member of the Leap Ambassadors Community and the women’s leadership network, CHIEF.
Karen Hawley Miles
President and CEO @Education Resource Strategies, Inc.
Karen Hawley Miles is the president and CEO of Education Resource Strategies, Inc. She has worked intensively with school systems nationwide to analyze and improve their funding systems, school-level resource use, and human capital and professional development systems. ERS focuses especially on helping systems to redesign their funding systems; create new schools that organize talent, time, and technology to maximize learning; restructure teaching to encourage individual and team effectiveness; and develop powerful school turnaround strategies. Karen has taught school leaders at Harvard University, in school districts, and for New Leaders for New Schools. She has authored numerous articles and she co-authored The Strategic School: Making the Most of People, Time and Money with Stephen Frank. She has a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Yale University and a Doctorate in Education from Harvard University, specializing in school organization, change, and finance.