Game Changer Sessions

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

David Banks



David C. Banks is the President and CEO of the Eagle Academy Foundation and the Founding Principal of The Eagle Academy for Young Men, the first school in a network of innovative all-boys public schools in New York City. David’s visionary approach to the education of young men of color emphasizes a partnership between schools and communities based on the guiding principles of academic excellence, leadership and character development. The Eagle model has been adopted in schools throughout all five New York City boroughs and Newark, with replication of the model expanding nationally through the Eagle Institute. As Eagle Academy students achieve outstanding high school graduation and college matriculation rates, the Eagle model proves that a high quality, college preparatory education for young men of color can be provided in a public-school setting.  The first Eagle Academy for Young Men was established as part of New York City’s high school reform initiative in partnership with One Hundred Black Men, Inc.  David’s successful approach has been covered in numerous news outlets including CBS This Morning. The Eagle story was chronicled in The Infamous Future, a visionary documentary on the positive transformation of young men through their time at Eagle Academy.  National leaders and leading educational voices endorse the Eagle Academy model including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, whose borough has adopted the Eagle model in nine schools as part of the Eagle Demonstration Project. In 2018, Secretary Clinton co-wrote an op-ed with David on Eagle’s philosophy. City & State, the premier political outlet covering New York State, ranked David in the top 75 most powerful education leaders in New York State in 2020.  In partnership with Scholastic, Inc., David helped curate the Rising Voices Library, a collection of nonfiction, biographical and fiction books celebrating Black and Latino boys. The library provides students in grades K–5 with high-interest, culturally-relevant texts that give context to what they’re experiencing in the world around them.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

9:35 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.

Nathaniel Provencio


Nathaniel Provencio has worked in the public education field since 2001. He began his career as a third-grade teacher and in 2010, became the principal of Minnieville Elementary in Prince William County, Virginia. Under his leadership, Minnieville Elementary, a Title 1 school with a significant economic, culturally, and linguistically diverse student population was recognized as a National Model Professional Learning Community and was the winner of the 2019 prestigious DuFour Award. In addition, Mr. Provencio led efforts in his school to become a Virginia Distinguished Title 1 school.
 
Mr. Provencio has been honored as the 2017 Prince William County principal of the year, the 2017 Washington Post Principal of the Year and the 2019 NAESP Virginia Principal of the Year.
 
Mr. Provencio is the author of the book, Community Connections and Your PLC at Work, focusing on enhancing family and community engagement through the frameworks of professional learning communities.  Mr. Provencio graduated from the University of North Alabama and has a master’s degree in education administration from George Mason University in which he was recognized as one of 50 all-time George Mason University Alumni. Currently, Mr. Provencio serves as an Associate Superintendent for elementary schools in Prince William County, Virginia and consults with school districts.


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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

1:10 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.

Meera Narasimhan, MD 



Meera Narasimhan, MD is Professor and Chair in the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She serves as the Senior Medical Director for Behavioral Health, Prisma Health (midlands) and as the Special Advisor to U of SC President for Health Innovations and Economic Development. She also serves on faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston.

Dr. Narasimhan has championed mental health awareness, legislations with patient advocacy groups, mental health initiatives and telehealth working with public, private, academic partners in the state and beyond. She serves on the SC Telehealth Alliance, Palmetto Care Connection Board (Broad Band) and the American Psychiatric Association Telehealth Steering Committee. She has received several National Institutes of Health, industry, foundation grants for clinical, translational and technology driven initiatives and is currently evaluating Suicide Prevention Initiatives in the state of South Carolina.
 
Dr. Narasimhan has received numerous prestigious national and international awards from several institutions and organizations globally including the American Psychiatric Association, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mental Health America, Yale University, American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, the Indo American Psychiatric Association, South Carolina Department of Mental Health, USC-School of Medicine. In 2014 she received the “Hind Rattan Award”, “Jewel of India” an Indian diaspora award for outstanding global health contributions. She has championed technology driven healthcare initiatives to improve access and affordability and these programs have been awarded the “Psychiatric Services Achievement Award” from the American Psychiatric Association. She was honored with the South Carolina Community Innovator Award for Telehealth at the SC Telehealth Summit in 2017 and the C3 award for Care, Compassion and Collaboration from Prisma Health this year. 


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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Colonel Arthur J. Athens, USMCR (Ret.)



Colonel Athens served for the past decade as the Director of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership and previously, as the Naval Academy’s first Distinguished Military Professor of Leadership. 
 
Colonel Athens is a retired Marine Corps officer with significant command and staff assignments in all four Marine Aircraft Wings and an instructor tour with Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (the Marine Corps’ equivalent to the Navy’s Top Gun school).  He also served as a White House Fellow under President Ronald Reagan, the Special Assistant to the NASA Administrator following the Space Shuttle Challenger accident, and the Commandant of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. 
 
Colonel Athens currently invests in leaders around the country through his speaking, writing, consulting and coaching.
 
Colonel Athens is a graduate of the Naval Academy, the Naval Postgraduate School and the Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies. 
 
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