The Celebration

This fall, Eskolta will host its second Annual Change Makers Reception to celebrate and honor Change Makers on the national front and in NYC public schools: John B. King, Jr., former US Secretary of Education for his lifelong dedication to education as a teacher, principal, and leader; a public school educator who works day in and day out to help drive improvement efforts in NYC schools; and a student who is resilient and succeeding in the face of adversity.

Since 2010, Eskolta has helped more than 1,000 educators and more than 54 schools to improve how they foster student learning and development. Our own change-making work has touched the lives of more than 20,000 students across New York City to achieve a brighter future.

Join us this coming October to raise funds for Eskolta’s critical work in schools—creating school culture where educators and students feel valued, heard, and supported! Enjoy an evening of inspiring program, food and drinks, student art, and of course, the opportunity to learn about Eskolta’s good work.

We invite you to celebrate the work that is making school improvement a reality in New York City public schools!



JOHN B. KING, JR. is the President and CEO of The Education Trust, a national nonprofit organization that aims to identify and close opportunity and achievement gaps, from preschool through college. He served as the U.S. Secretary of Education from 2016 through 2017. In tapping him to lead the U.S. Department of Education, President Obama called Dr. King “an exceptionally talented educator,” citing his commitment to “preparing every child for success” and his lifelong dedication to education as a teacher, principal, and leader of schools and school systems.

Before becoming Secretary, Secretary King had served at the Department since January 2015 and carried out the duties of the Deputy Secretary, overseeing all preschool- through-12th-grade education policies and programs as well as Department operations. Secretary King joined the Department following his tenure as the first African- American and Puerto Rican to serve as New York State Education Commissioner, a post he held from 2011 to 2015.

King began his career in education as a high school social studies teacher in Puerto Rico and Boston and a middle school principal.

He credits New York City public school teachers—particularly educators at P.S. 276 in Canarsie and Mark Twain J.H.S. in Coney Island—for saving his life by providing rich, engaging, and transformative educational experiences and giving him hope about the future.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Harvard University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Master of Arts in the teaching of social studies and a doctorate in education from Teachers College at Columbia University.

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Event Details

Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Attire: Cocktail
Location: The Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th St, New York, NY 10011
Tickets: $150*

Guests will have exclusive after-hours access to the Rubin Museum’s preeminent collection of Himalayan art, which includes over 3,800 objects spanning more than 1,500 years to the present day.

*Thanks to our sponsors, a limited number of educators employed by or in New York City public schools will receive free tickets to join this gala event.

Contact Mai Brand at to inquire about sponsorship opportunities.

2018 Host Committee Members

Sarah Henderson


Laura Nichols

Goldman Sachs

Tarika Barrett

Girls Who Code

Ariel Amdur

BlueMountain Capital Management

Doug Knecht

Bank Street Education Center

Dan Siracuse

Trumid Financial

David Yeager

University of Texas Austin

Cristin Frodella


Michelle Fine

CUNY Graduate Center

Winston McCarthy

North Queens Community High School

Sophie Lippincott Ferrer

Education First

Wesly Toussaint

Metropolitan Diploma Plus High School

Danielle Moss Lee

New York Civil Liberties Union

Michael Rothman


Thomas McKenna

Queens Satellite High School for Opportunity

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