Education First Compact

Monthly Speaker Series

More dialogue, not less, is what is needed to tackle our most intractable education challenges. To facilitate such dialogue, for the past 18 years, PEF has convened a monthly education speaker series, Education First Compact. From September through June, our team curates and produces sessions that attract the region’s most respected education leaders.

900 people

attend at least one Education First Compact during the course of the year

60 – 125 people

are in attendance, each month, at an Education First Compact

What We Offer

Ten monthly sessions offered free-of-charge in a forum emphasizing off-the-record, candid discussion. Check our  calendar for upcoming sessions.


September 12, 2019
Back to School with Dr. William Hite

October 3, 2019
Jobs Available! Rebooting Career and Technical Education for a 21st Century Workforce

November 7, 2019
Welcoming Education Technology into the Classroom

December 5, 2019
Special Needs Education: Meeting the Challenge

January 9, 2020
How to Make the “Worst Charter School Law” in the Country…Better?

Who We Serve

All with an interest in K-12 education, including the School District of Philadelphia, the Mayor’s Office of Education, non-profit organizations, education advocates, community members, teachers, researchers, businesses and corporations, funders, universities, and more.

Sponsor a session. PEF offers recognition opportunities.

Make an investment in Education First Compact by becoming a voluntary subscriber. Subscribers are always guaranteed a seat.

Rent Meeting Space

PEF offers the use of a meeting space that is suitable for 50–100 participants.