On Wednesday, January 26, Wakefield Head of School Ashley Harper attended an education conversation about the future of K-12 educational policies at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, TX. The event was moderated by Holly Kuzmich, Executive Director of The Bush Institute, “an action-oriented, nonpartisan policy organization that develops leaders, advances policy, and takes action to solve today’s most pressing challenges,” according to the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s website. Also attending with Mrs. Harper was Wakefield Trustee Susan Whitson.
While in Dallas, Mrs. Harper also had one-on-one meetings with former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings and with members of the Bush Institute education staff, to share information about Wakefield School. Mrs. Harper and Ms. Spellings specifically discussed assessment practices and Wakefield's use of formative assessments, and how the practice of using formative assessment could be applied in other educational settings.