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Dan Scoggin

Co-Founder, Great Hearts
President, Great Hearts Foundation


8:30 AM | Thursday


Dan Scoggin attended Santa Clara University in California as an English Literature major. He spent his junior year abroad at the University of Durham in England. While completing his Ph.D. in English Literature at the Claremont Graduate University, Dan taught at Harvey Mudd College, The Phoenix Institute at the University of Notre Dame, Mesa Community College, and coached basketball at Pomona College. In 1998, he returned to his hometown to teach humanities and coach at Tempe Preparatory Academy. In 1999, he was promoted from teacher to headmaster of Tempe Prep and oversaw the first six graduating classes of the Academy. 

In 2004, Dan authored the Great Hearts business plan, secured its initial grant funding, and was promoted to CEO of this charter management organization. In this role, he has grown the corporation’s central office and has overseen the founding of over 20 academies. All graduates attend college; more importantly, their hearts and minds are shaped for noble leadership and a destiny beyond themselves. Dan is a 2008-2009 Piper Fellow and attended the Stanford University Executive Education Program. He is also a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow (class of 2013). He is now working with the national board and executive staff on the founding of schools in Texas, with the first academy opened in San Antonio and more to be founded there and in Dallas/Ft. Worth. Other regions across the country are also being considered for future expansion. The purpose of Great Hearts is to restore American public schooling

through a return to Classical, liberal arts education dedicated to the pursuit of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness.



PANEL: Perspectives and Reflections on Educational Quality

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM | Thursday

Panelists: Kathy Anthes, Don Hadad, Mike Miles, Don (E.D.) Hirsch 

The panel's moderator will be Ben Lindquist, President of the Colorado League of Charter Schools



Katy Anthes

Commissioner of Education

Colorado Department of Education


Dr. Anthes has been with CDE since 2011, serving as interim commissioner, chief of staff, interim associate commissioner for achievement and strategy and executive director of educator effectiveness. As the executive director of educator effectiveness, she led CDE's efforts to support and retain highly effective educators in Colorado. In her previous position as a partner with the Third Mile Group, Anthes led and researched major education initiatives for state, district and national organizations on a variety of education issues and projects including; the Colorado School Leadership Academy Board, the Expanded Learning Opportunities Commission and as an evaluator for several district education programs across the state.




Don Hadad, Ed.D


St Vrain School District


Haddad, 51, has been an educator for nearly 30 years. He started at St. Vrain Valley about 12 years ago as the principal of Niwot High School and worked his way up the ranks until he was named superintendent of the more than 29,000-student school district in 2009. One of the successes cited by the organization was that the district, under Haddad's leadership, was one of only 16 in the country to directly receive a federal Race to the Top grant. The grant of $17 million was to be used for science, technology, engineering and math education, early childhood education and extended school year programs.





F. Mike Miles


Third Future Schools


Mike Miles is the chief executive officer of Third Future Schools and the co-founder of the Academy of Advanced Learning charter school in Aurora, Colorado. A leader in education reform, Mike devotes his time to creating schools that will prepare students for a Year 2030 workplace. Prior to his latest work, Mike served three years as the superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District. Under his leadership, Dallas implemented ground-breaking initiatives, established a high- performance culture, and experienced significant growth in student achievement. Prior to Dallas, Mike successfully transformed the Harrison School District in Colorado Springs, narrowing achievement gaps and taking the district off the State's academic watch list. As an instructional leader and professional developer, Mike has also helped teachers and administrators in school districts nationally to improve instruction and raise achievement.



Don (E.D.) Hirsch, Jr.

Founder & Chairman

Core Knowledge Foundation


E. D. Hirsch, Jr. is the founder and chairman of the Core Knowledge Foundation and professor emeritus of education and humanities at the University of Virginia. He is the author of several acclaimed books on education in which he has persisted as a voice of reason making the case for equality of educational opportunity.

A highly regarded literary critic and professor of English earlier in his career, Dr. Hirsch recalls being “shocked into education reform” while doing research on written composition at a pair of colleges in Virginia. During these studies he observed that a student’s ability to comprehend a passage was determined in part by the relative readability of the text, but even more by the student’s background knowledge.



MEMBER FORUM: Redefining Quality

9:15 AM | Friday

  • League's Hall of Fame Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement award for Don (E.D.) Hirsch
  • President's address, Ben Lindquist, President of the Colorado League of Charter Schools
  • Redefining Quality: Lorna Beckett, Director Research and Evaluation, Colorado League of Charter Schools




Keynote Address: Parent Choice and How Quality Could Look

Shannon Galpin




1:15 PM | Friday


Shannon is the author of two books, her memoir, Mountain to Mountain: A Journey of Adventure and Activism for the Women of Afghanistan, and a photography book Streets of Afghanistan. She is working on her third book about the process of losing her memory to two back-to-back brain injuries. Shannon is a Fellow with the Explorer’s Club and is currently focused on two global street art projects and a documentary about wildlife conservation and youth activism with Endangered Activism with her 14-year old daughter, Devon Galpin Clarke.

In 2009, she became the first person to mountain bike in Afghanistan, and as she continued to ride across Afghanistan she continued to ask questions around women’s rights and cycling.  In 2012, she met and began to support and train the first Afghan Women’s National Cycling team and continued to help build and support the burgeoning right to ride movement in Afghanistan. Teams in Bamiyan and bike clubs in Kabul emerged and continue today as the first wave of cycling in Afghanistan. Her work with the national team in Kabul was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016. She is the producer of the award winning, feature-length documentary film, Afghan Cycles. The International Olympic Committee awarded Shannon an Honorary Achievement Diploma in 2015 for her work promoting gender equity through sports. 

National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and global activist, Shannon Galpin, is the founder of women's rights non-profit, Mountain2Mountain, art-as-activism group Combat Apathy, and co-founder of the wildlife conservation organization Endangered Activism. Shannon worked for a decade on women's rights projects in Afghanistan. In 2009 she became the first person to mountain bike in Afghanistan, where later she eventually met, supported, and trained the first Afghan Women's National Cycling team and helped build and support the burgeoning right to ride movement in Afghanistan. Shannon is the author of two books, her memoir, Mountain to Mountain: A Journey of Adventure and Activism for the Women of Afghanistan, and a photography book Streets of Afghanistan. She has written for the UN Chronicle, National Geographic Adventure, Outside Magazine, and Blindfold Magazine. She is the producer of the documentary film, Afghan Cycles, and has acted as field producer in Afghanistan on two other productions. She is the Executive Director on an upcoming wildlife conservation documentary about art as activism in post production with her daughter, Devon.


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