2018 Annual Summit

Thursday-Friday, March 1-2, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

You are cordially invited to the CLASS Coalition’s Annual Closing the Excellence Gap Summit: Blueprint for a Strong Pipeline convening for high school leaders.

Our goal is to continue to strengthen collaboration around increasing access and success for low-income students at the nation’s most selective high schools.

Here are some key details for the Annual Summit:

  • The Summit begins at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 1 and goes until 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 2

  • Registration rates are as follows:

    • Members: $199 before Feb. 1 // $250 after Feb. 1

    • Non-members: $250 before Feb. 1 // $300 after Feb. 1

  • To register, register online.

  • Rooms are available from the day the conference on Feb 28th to the day after the conference March 3rd checkout. You can book a hotel using our block rate at the Marriott Marquis.

We are excited about our session topics, including:

  • Creating the Pipeline

  • Innovation in High Schools

  • Corporate Outreach Models

  • What is the Research Telling Us?

  • Closing the Achievement Gap: Accessing Scholarships

  • Trends in Technology

  • Value Added for CLASS Coalition Schools

  • Partners Networking Reception

  • More topics will be announced soon!

We are pleased to announce the following lineup of speakers.

Vince Bertram, President and CEO of Project Lead The Way. Project Lead The Way is a nonprofit that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S.




Andrew Nichols, Director of Higher Education Research and Data Analytics at The Education Trust. Nichols helps develop a research agenda that identifies patterns and trends in college access, affordability, and success, with a focus on improving outcomes for underserved populations.


Dean David Taylor joined the Georgetown University School of Medicine family in 1990 as the Associate Dean for Student Learning, responsible for initiatives that promote the retention and advancement of medical students.



Dr. Joshua Starr, Chief Executive Officer of PDK International. Dr. Starr will explain the major findings of the 50th annual PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools.



Anthony S. Bartolomeo, PE, serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Pennoni. Tony has more than 30 years of experience in environmental engineering, coupled with broad experience in the relationship development among the federal, state and local government levels, all of which have a stake in the success of major civil infrastructure projects.