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, PEF convenes a monthly education speaker series, Education First Compact. From Fall through Spring, our team curates and produces sessions that attract the region’s most respected education leaders. Stay tuned for the 2022-23 series announcement.

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

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


January 2021
Is It Time to Say Goodbye to the SAT?

February 2021
Driving Toward Educational Equity

March 2021
What’s Needed for Foster Care Youth to Make It to Graduation?

April 2021
The Future of Diversity in STEM Education

May 2021
Behind the Screen: The Mental Health Impact of Remote Learning on Students and Educators

June 2021
School District of Philadelphia FY 2022 Budget Presented by PSD Chief Financial Officer, Uri Monson

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.