Invest in Schools Summit Summary

The Invest in Schools Summit will gather a select group of senior education leaders in Washington DC, July 27 – 28 to build strategies to bring back K-12 schools in the United States 

Venue. The Washington Intercontinental Hotel on the Wharf overlooking the Potomac River provides an ideal environment for thoughtful discussion and relationship building. LINK 

The Wharf is a 3.2 million square foot mixed-use neighborhood spanning 27 acres, along a mile of waterfront on the Potomac River. It was created by global real estate developer Madison Marquette, a sponsor of the Altru Institute.

Content. The focus is on providing a foundational understanding of how to access and utilize federal funding. Sessions will focus on the relevant legislation and provide insight on best strategies for investment.

Format. The unique conference format combines compressed education on critical matters with expanded “deep dive” sessions. An innovations track will offer presentations on emerging and breakthrough technologies for managing infectious disease in schools and to accelerate learning. 

The Intercontinental Hotel (above the middle row of yachts) anchors the exciting new Wharf District, located just minutes from downtown Washington, DC, and a short walk to many monuments and other sights.

Receptions. We will maximize the amount of time available for relationship building to provide delegates with contacts to serve as long-term resources. “Jeffersonian style” dinners, held at several unique waterfront venues, will facilitate meaningful, on point conversation among those with similar interests. 

Partnering. A core objective is to foster relationships and formation of special interest groups that will connect peers in similar situations and with similar challenges to share ideas on an ongoing basis. 

Conference facilities 12th Floor. The Summit will occupy the entire 12th floor overlooking the Potomac River, and most of the 1st floor which opens onto the Wharf.

Innovations. Innovators will make presentations of new ideas and technological advances to address the challenges of making schools safe and helping students catch up.  Companies can apply to make a presentation.


Event Summary

The Altru Institute’s Virus Project “Invest in Schools” Summit  will gather senior education leadership deeply engaged in bringing our schools back from the pandemic and offers an opportunity to impact American education for generations to come.  

$170 billion in committed capital is the single largest investment in US history in K-12 education. School districts across America are now challenged to get schools back and functioning and situated so they never need to close again. It is a daunting challenge.   

The Summit will help schools meet this challenge by providing insight into the various programs while exploring new advances, technologies, and best practices.  The format is designed to foster collaborative relationships and provides ample time for peer-to-peer small group meetings and information exchange. 

 A silver lining in the COVID crisis may be the opportunity to rethink how we approach education. Never has the sharing of information and ideas toward collaboration been more critical.  


Federal Funding

This will provide an understanding of how the $170 billion will be distributed, utilized, and measured. Analysis of all programs and functions and how schools can efficiently access these funds and put them to best use. Legislation.  An understanding of the purpose the legislation and a description of the five approved areas of expenditure and their specific applications: 1. Professional Development, 2. Public Health, 3. Technology, 4. Infrastructure and 5. Socio – Economic.  Accessing Funds. A look at how schools can efficiently access these funds and put them to best use.

Safe Schools 

The mission is to put in place systems to ensure schools never close again for reason of a pandemic. How do we ensure that a future pandemic doesn’t shut schools and society again. Inevitably there will be another pandemic. Just a matter of when. This sessions will address what needs to happen to ensure that schools (and society) never shutdown again.  Two core themes. 1. Testing: How to implement COVID testing to ensure the safety of teachers, staff and students. In this session we will access the various testing systems that fit a school environment.  2. Air Quality. The role of ventilation can thwart the spread of airborne pathogens (including influenza) and create a healthy physical environment for students.

Healthy Schools

For children to learn to their full potential, they must be physically safe and emotionally healthy. The pandemic and closing of schools exposed the critical role of schools in children’s physical and emotional health. The impact was particularly hard on families with limited economic means that bore the brunt of the damage. The pandemic has created a significant mental and emotional health challenges that must now  be dealt with as kids return the classroom. This discussion will be on the broader role of schools in the overall healthcare system. Nutrition. Role of sugar, diet, in avoiding diabetes and obesity. Mental Health How psychological and emotional resources for children. Telemedicine as a tool.  The untapped potential of the school nurse in the public health debate.

Accelerated Learning

Falling behind in school takes a terrible toll on kids and their development. Finding new ways to help kids learn and catch up is critical. Educational Technology sessions will explore how technologies can accelerate learning and the role that computer assisted learning, AI, software and tutoring can play to advance learning. Learning protocols and new ways to accelerate learning will be the focus with on ensuring a playing field and overcoming the “digital divide” and to ensure that every student is connected and with equal access to educational opportunity.

In person attendance is limited and by invitation only. Please contact us as soon as possible if interested in attendingWe are seeking nominations of exceptional technologies for technology presentation track