2021 HighScope International Conference Speakers

Each year, the keynote speakers featured at the HighScope International Conference are topical and motivational. Our featured speakers share stories of personal advocacy, inspiring attendees to take positive action to ensure bright futures for every child.

Wednesday, May 12


Julián Castro

Julián Castro is a politician, author, and former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Previously, as mayor of America’s seventh largest city, Castro brought a strong focus to expanding educational achievement and making San Antonio a leader in the 21st century global economy. Under Castro’s leadership, San Antonio implemented Pre-K 4 SA, a high quality early childhood learning initiative that has earned praise as one of America’s strongest public pre-kindergarten programs.

Thursday, May 13


Dr. Marquita Davis

Dr. Marquita Davis is the Deputy Director of Early Learning, U.S. Program, at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In this role, Dr. Davis leads the foundation’s national early learning strategy which aims to ensure that all young children have access to high-quality, effective, and affordable Pre-K. Prior to joining the foundation in 2017, Dr. Davis was the executive director of a large anti-poverty community action agency in Birmingham, Alabama. At this same agency, she previously served as deputy director of child development services overseeing early childhood programs, Head Start and Early Head Start.

Virtual HighScope Keynote Track

Register to attend this thoughtful two-day event on the importance and the impact of high-quality early childhood education. Registration includes access to attend the live keynote speaker sessions only.

Discount ends April 19, 2021

Effective April 20, 2021

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