POY Luncheon Honoring Duke Energy, Keynote Dr. Paul Reville

Greenville, S.C. – Public Education Partners (PEP), Greenville County’s only nonprofit focused solely on improving K-12 public education, is pleased to announce that their annual Partner of the Year Luncheon will take place at noon on November 20, 2017 at the TD Convention Center. In two ways, this luncheon reflects PEP’s mission to collaborate with community partners to strengthen student achievement in Greenville County Schools.

First, PEP honors a local business as PEP’s Partner of the Year due to its investment of time, talent, and treasure in supporting Greenville’s schools. Due to its generous support for the Greenville Alternative Teacher Education (GATE) program, and its support of many other education-related initiatives and efforts across Greenville and South Carolina, this year’s Partner of the Year is Duke Energy.

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Second, the luncheon represents a community convening to learn from, be challenged by, and engage with a compelling leader in the education sector. Dr. Paul Reville is this year’s keynote speaker. Dr. Reville’s remarks will focus on how to build a silo-breaking 21st century “engine for education” to restore social mobility and ensure that all kids can reach their full potential.

Over the past two years, the Partner of the Year Luncheon has grown to over 500 attendees with 50 local organizations and companies represented. Past speakers have included award-winning advocates, educators, national not-for-profits, and literacy and reading experts. Last year’s luncheon featured a moving keynote from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, Ron Suskind.

According to Dr. Ansel Sanders, PEP’s President and CEO, “The Partner of the Year Luncheon is an example of PEP’s work to strengthen Greenville’s community through collaboration and partnerships. We’ll honor Duke Energy, a community partner that deeply invests in our schools, teachers, and students. We’ll also hear from Dr. Reville, who will challenge us to consider what an education system looks like that relies on partnerships to support the growth and development of all kids.”

Dr. Paul Reville - PEP's POY Keynote SpeakerOver the last four decades, Dr. Reville’s career has combined research, policy, and practice, focused on educational equity and reform. He is the Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), and the founding director of HGSE’s Education Redesign Lab.

“We need a system of education that meets every child where he or she is and provides what each child needs to be successful,” said Dr. Reville. “We need our health and human services, our criminal justice, our arts, recreation and cultural organizations, our housing and economic development partners to come together with us in education. We just can’t do it within the silos anymore.”

Dr. Reville has played a key leadership role in national education improvement efforts, with deep involvement in Massachusetts, the nation’s leading student achievement state. He has served as the Massachusetts Secretary of Education, Chairman of the State Board of Education, founder of the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, and co-founder of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, a local education foundation similar to PEP. Additionally, he is a board member and adviser to a host of organizations, including PEP’s fellow OnTrack Greenville partner Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL), and holds a B.A. from Colorado College, an M.A. from Stanford University, and five honorary doctorate degrees.

“Partnerships are an absolute necessity for 21st century education reform and improvement efforts,” said Dr. Reville. “PEP’s work to strengthen Greenville’s education system through public-private partnerships is essential. I’m honored to serve as this year’s keynote and look forward to sharing the stage with a company also committed to supporting education, Duke Energy.”

Through the Duke Energy Foundation, Duke Energy contributed more than $1.3 million last year to improving education throughout South Carolina. The company’s philanthropic endeavors in the state include supporting Read for Success, a reading program developed by Reading is Fundamental to address the summer literacy slide impacting more than 3,000 rising third graders in the Pee Dee region. The company continues a longtime partnership with Clemson University summer programs that fuel an interest in STEM careers for girls. Duke Energy also partnered with Public Education Partners providing funding for 15 GATE fellowships which help professionals as they transition into becoming much-needed math and science teachers for Greenville County Schools.

“We know there is a critical shortage of math and science teachers here in South Carolina,” said Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, Duke Energy’s state president for South Carolina. “Our children are the future leaders of our communities, and we must contribute to their success. It is through partnerships with organizations like Public Education Partners that we can make a difference in our community.”

Ticket sales for PEP’s Partner of the Year Luncheon end Friday November 17.

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