Strategies for Our Most vulnerable Populations

How has the political climate affected our work with vulnerable populations? How can best practices be implemented in light of contemporary accountability emphasis? What tensions exist in schools? How can best practices be implemented in light of authorizer constraints? How can we measure and report on truly essential elements of meeting student needs?


Carol Bowar is the executive director at Girls Athletic Leadership Schools and The Boys School of Denver for GALS Denver, after serving as a member of the founding board of GALS and a previous board member. Most recently, Carol served as the COO of KIPP Colorado Schools, was the Director of Curriculum and Career Services at GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, and a consultant for the National Center for Women and Information Technology. She was President & CEO of Girls Inc. of Metro Denver. Additional past positions include Vice President, Program Services at Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, Director of Training, Education and Community Service Programs at Up with People, Policy Assistant for the Colorado’s Governor’s Office, Field Director at KaBoom!, and Program Officer for the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation. 


Eric T. Paulk, J.D., is an advocate working at the intersections of law, policy, race and sexuality. His specific areas of interest deal with the impact of the School-to-Prison Pipeline on black queer youth, as well as the impact of HIV criminalization laws on black LGBTQ communities. Eric is the Tyron Garner Fellow at Lambda Legal and is the board chair of Gay Lesbian Student Education Network (GLSEN) New York City. Eric is also a member of the advisory board for the Counter Narrative Project.

Anthony Gatto is the principal at the Arts & College Preparatory Academy in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to stepping into administration, in 2010, Mr. Gatto taught Algebra and Geometry at ACPA, as well as in Columbus City Schools. The Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools recognized Mr. Gatto as the 2016 “School Leader of the Year” and he was recognized as a 2016 GLSEN Educator of the Year Honor
Roll Member.

Tony Simmons, J.D., is the cofounder of Another Level Records, the first national student-operated record label, as well as assisting David “TC” Ellis in the formation of Studio 4/High School for Recording Arts (HSRA). He oversees the program at HSRA and mentors students at Another Level Records. He has contributed to numerous reports for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. Tony has served as board member or provided technical assistance to leading national school reform organizations, such as Edvisions, Inc, Reaching at Promise Students Association (RAPSA), and the Black Alliance for Educational Options.