Ralph Smith

Ralph Smith

Managing Director

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Ralph Smith is the managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading an effort to increase rates of third grade reading proficiency for children from low-income families that includes a network of more than 390 communities — with 4100 local organizations and more than 520 state and local funders. Previously as senior vice president for the Annie E. Casey Foundation Smith led initiatives to help communities improve child outcomes by strengthening families and neighborhoods. Smith taught as a member of the law faculty at the University of Pennsylvania for two decades during which time he also served as chief of staff and special counsel for the School District of Philadelphia and as a senior advisor to Philadelphia’s mayor. Smith led efforts to design and implement the school district’s landmark voluntary desegregation plan negotiate some of the nation’s first education reform-driven teacher contracts and develop Children Achieving a district-wide blueprint supported by the Annenberg Challenge.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

4:40 pm
5:20 pm

Tip of the Spear: Early Childhood (In Partnership with Sesame Workshop)

Harbor C, Level 2