The Education Landscape of Greater Washington: Who is Being Left Behind?

Friday, May 12, 2017
9:30am to 11:30am EDT
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
1400 16th Street NW, Suite 740
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Eligible to attend: WRAG Members (please register online; free) Non-Member Education Funders (please email Rebekah, seder(at) to register; $50)

WRAG’s 2017 public education learning series kicks off with a broad overview of the state of public education in the region. After years of reform efforts, where have we made progress – and where are we still falling short in our goal of providing a high quality education for all students? Join us as three local education leaders share their perspectives on what the biggest challenges still facing our schools are, and how funders can help to advance the goal of equitable education opportunities for the most vulnerable students.


  • Terry Dade, Assistant Superintendent, Region 3, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Adele Fabrikant, Executive Director, Teach For America DC Region
  • Maura Marino, CEO, Education Forward DC

About the Speakers:

>> Terry Dade began his teaching career as an elementary school teacher in Albemarle County (VA), and continued serving as an educator in Fairfax County (VA) and the District of Columbia. After teaching, Dade was accepted into the New Leaders for New Schools principal preparation program. While serving as a resident principal in Washington, D.C., he earned a master’s degree in school administration from Trinity University. Upon completion of this program, Dade served as principal of Tyler Elementary School in Washington, D.C., and Graham Road and Dogwood Elementary Schools in Fairfax County.

As the executive principal for school improvement in Fairfax County Region 2, he provided support, direction, and coaching for principals in the 44 schools in that region. He also provided leadership and direction for Project Momentum, a comprehensive school improvement model to support student achievement in 18 schools across the division. In his role as the assistant superintendent for Region 3, Dade is responsible for ensuring success for all students in the Edison, Hayfield, Lee, Mount Vernon, and West Potomac pyramids. He hires and recruits principals for all 45 schools in the region, facilitates school improvement plans, serves as an advocate for all Region 3 schools, and provides leadership development for school administrators and aspiring leaders.

>> After spending most of her childhood in Washington, D.C., Adele Fabrikant graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1999. She then joined Teach For America, serving first for two years in New York and then teaching for two more years in District of Columbia Public Schools. Since then, she has worked as the founding principal of an alternative high school in Brooklyn, New York, the managing director of a network of schools, and as the Deputy Chief of Youth Engagement at DCPS under Kaya Henderson. She then worked as an educational consultant while finishing her dissertation at Teachers College, Columbia University. She graduated with a Doctorate in Education in May 2015.

>> Maura Marino previously served as the Managing Partner of the DC Schools Fund at NewSchools Venture Fund. Prior to joining NewSchools, Maura served as Program Director and Lead Teacher at East Palo Alto High School, a charter school in Northern California founded by Aspire Public Schools. During graduate school, Maura worked on the Network Growth Team at the KIPP Foundation, implementing their national growth strategy. Maura sits on the board of directors for DC Prep, E.L. Haynes, and Ingenuity Prep Public Charter Schools, as well as Charter Board Partners and the Bainum Family Foundation. Maura earned a BA with honors in American Studies from Stanford University, an MA in teaching secondary social studies from Columbia University, and an MBA from Harvard University.