As school districts nationwide struggle to reopen, the impact of the pandemic on student learning has yet to be fully understood. But the early indicators are troubling. All students, on average, are falling months behind on grade-level measures of math and English achievement. And the early evidence already shows that students in poorer neighborhoods and students of color are trending further behind. Students with special needs and students with trauma are also facing additional burdens. On this webcast, we will explore the challenges that lie ahead for every school in America as students, teachers, and administrators return to the classroom. How can Christian philanthropists support the students at greatest risk from the pandemic’s impact? What are some effective ways for churches, nonprofits, and givers to prepare to meet that challenge in their communities?
Nicole Baker Fulgham is the Founder and President of The Expectations Project — the nation’s largest network of faith-motivated education equity advocates. Having grown the network to over 45,000 advocates, she was named one of the Fifty Women Influencing the Church and Culture by Christianity Today.
Nicole has a BA from the University of Michigan and a PhD in education policy from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has extensive experience in public education as a classroom teacher in Compton, California; policy analyst; teacher educator; and a senior member of Teach For America’s national leadership team where she was responsible for training and supporting more than 5,000 new teachers annually.
She is the author of two books, Educating All God’s Children: What Christians Can Do to Help Improve Low-income Public Schools for Kids and Schools in Crisis. Nicole is an Aspen Institute Education Fellow and speaks regularly at national convenings about the intersection of faith, education, justice and race.Read more...
Debi Ghate is the Vice President of Strategy and Programs at The Philanthropy Roundtable. She joined the team after several years at The Snider Foundation, where she served as senior director.
Trained as a lawyer in Ontario, Canada, Debi practiced in civil litigation before moving to California to join the Ayn Rand Institute. At the Institute, she oversaw the education and policy programs before serving on leadership teams at two foundations, including the Charles Koch Foundation and the Anthem Foundation for Objectivist Scholarship. Read more...
John Jenkins is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Glenarden, in Maryland. Since he began his ministry there in 1989, the church membership has grown from 500 to more than 10,000 members and a staff of 300 full and part-time employees. First Baptist Church of Glenarden, with campuses in Landover and Upper Marlboro, is widely recognized as a community pillar with more than 100 ministries meeting diverse needs throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, nationally, and abroad.
John serves as the Chairman of the Board for the National Association of Evangelicals, Project Bridges, and The Skinner Institute. He also serves on the boards for Bethel University, Denver Seminary, University of Maryland Capital Region Health, and the Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable. In addition, John serves as chairman emeritus of SHABACH! Ministries, a nonprofit that he founded in 1996 to provide food, clothing, educational and employment opportunities in the Maryland area.
John has an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Southern California School of Ministry in Inglewood, Calif. He takes great delight in flying as a licensed pilot. He and his wife Trina are the proud parents of six children and six grandchildren. John’s life calling is to see the lost come to Christ and disciples becoming spiritually mature.