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National Forum 2013

 

 


  ECS National Forum Concurrent Sessions
  
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
11:00 AM — 12:00 PM

More on Assessment Literacy (session #346)
Assessments can engage students, promote growth, narrow achievement gaps and transform teacher effectiveness. This session, following up on the plenary panel, provides an opportunity for attendees to get their questions answered on using assessments to bring students to where we want them to be.

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Stuart Kahl, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Measured Progress, Inc., New Hampshire
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W. James "Jim" Popham, Emeritus Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Los Angeles, California
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Mary Ann Snider, Chief, Division of Educator Quality & Instructional Effectiveness, Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Rhode Island
  
Math Benefits Kids for Life (session #347)
What are the building blocks of mathematics? How important are they? Doug Clements answers these questions by summarizing recent research and development work, which uncovers surprising gaps, unrealized potentials, and long-range impacts of early math.

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Douglas Clements, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning, Executive Director, Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy & Professor, Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver, Colorado
  
Helping Non-Traditional Students Succeed in the Post-Secondary World (session #348)
Learn about effective financial and academic strategies and performance goals that institutions have used to strengthen degree attainment for Hispanic students and postsecondary efforts for adult students that engage the private sector and local economies. Research and practical experience shows that a combination of institutional and state system-level strategies is the best way to facilitate college success of nontraditional students.

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Sarita Brown, President, Excelencia in Education, District of Columbia 
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Johanna Duncan-Poitier, Senior Vice Chancellor of Community Colleges & the Education Pipeline, State University of New York, New York
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Stephen Handel, Executive Director, The College Board, California
  
Better Serving English Language Learners: A National Imperative (session #349)
Between 1980 and 2009, the school-age population who were English language learners more than doubled, from 10 to 21% of the population in this age range. Despite decades of reform – and some improvement - English language learners continue to lag behind their English-proficient peers on state and national assessments, high school graduation rates, and other measures of school success. Learn at this session about successful strategies for better serving English language learners.

  
P-20W Data Governance: Critical Roles for Success (session #350)
P-20W Data Governance defines roles and responsibilities needed to institutionalize the commitment to data quality/use, and organizes work in a systematic way across multiple agencies. Processes include overseeing sharing requests, reviewing and approving data analysis and use processes, and privacy policy. Learn about the role of the P-20W council and how stakeholders can ensure their governance structure is based on policy and user needs and at the same time ensuring privacy while maintaining appropriate access. Maryland is recognized as a national leader in P-20W; in this session, learn about developing and implementing an effective P-20W data governance system as well as lessons learned.

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Paige Kowalski, Director, State Policy Initiatives, Data Quality Campaign, District of Columbia
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John Ratliff, Director of Policy, State of Maryland, Maryland
  
Common Core and Deeper Learning: A National Case Study (session #351)
The Common Core State Standards have promise for promoting students’ “deeper learning” and 21st century skills development. Using the findings of a National Center for Learning and Citizenship case study as a starting point, this interactive session will focus on ways in which state policy is making a difference in student acquisition of deeper learning skills.

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Lisa Guilfoile, Project Leader, Education Commission of the States, Colorado
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Amity Kukla, Principal, Grant's Lick Elementary School, Kentucky
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Allie Whitehurst, Culture of Calm Coordinator, Percy L. Julian High School, Illinois
  
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM

College Counseling: Getting It Right to Achieve Postsecondary Goals (session #355)
Substance over Flash: It takes more than a website to be a strong college counseling program. Learn what emerging research says about the best ways to provide college counseling, especially to underrepresented youth and their parents. Find out which state policies get the biggest impact, especially for first-generation college-goers and traditionally underrepresented students.

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Sarita Brown, President, Excelencia in Education, District of Columbia
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David Hawkins, Director of Public Policy and Research, National Association for College Admission Counseling, Virginia
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Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Senior Policy Analyst and Co-Director, ECS Information Clearinghouse, Education Commission of the States, Colorado
  
Closing the Gap in What High Schoolers Read and What College Expects (session #356)
Regardless of whether a student aspires to postsecondary education, a job or the military, the reading level required is likely to be higher than what is typically expected of high school graduates. What should state leaders do to close the text complexity gap? Step one: Identify where the gap exists. Step two: Ensure meaningful measurement that is more conducive to instructional interventions and tracking student growth toward expectations of readiness.

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Diane DeBacker, Commissioner of Education, Kansas Department of Education, Kansas
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Malbert Smith, President, MetaMetrics, Inc., North Carolina
  
Enhancing STEM Interest and Success With Diverse and Female Students (session #357)
States are stepping up to improve the quality of STEM instruction and access. States are focusing are directing their improvement efforts in a number of innovative way such as global learning; teacher recruitment and preparation; STEM learner readiness for post-secondary education and career – specifically for low-income students; education policy; public and private partnerships tied to economic development; and public awareness. This session will feature some strong examples from a few states that are leading the way in enhancing STEM interest and success.

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Tricia Berry, Director, Women in Engineering Program (WEP) Director, Texas Girls Collaborative Project (TxGCP), University of Texas at Austin, Texas
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Rose Stuckey Kirk, President, Verizon Foundation, New Jersey (Moderator)
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Jeff Weld, Director of IMSEP & Executive Director, Governor's STEM Advisory Council, Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership, Iowa
  
Put the Money Where the Kids Are: Early Learning Programs (session #358)
Increased funding for early learning programs at the local, state and federal level benefits our kids, our communities, and our country. In this session, talk about the benefits of early investments in learning and how to increase program access and quality.

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Michael Griffith, Colorado
  
Pathways to College Completion (session #359)
The face of postsecondary education is changing dramatically as students seek more accessible, affordable, and flexible options to earn a degree and prepare for the workforce. Meanwhile, most states have set ambitious goals to significantly boost college attainment rates to fill the increasing number of jobs that require some postsecondary education. This session will explore how the rapid expansion of online courses and the movement toward offering credit for prior learning experiences could help more students – including adults and “near completers” – earn a college credential in a timely manner.

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Sally Johnstone, Vice President, Academic Advancement, Western Governors University, Utah
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David Longanecker, President, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Colorado
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Richard Rhoda, Executive Director, Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Tennessee
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Joel Simon, Associate Vice President for Government Services, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, Illinois
  
Delaware’s Data Coaches: A Systems Approach to Improving Teacher Practice (session #360)
As part of its Race to the Top initiative, Delaware implemented a statewide program of Professional Learning Communities. A combination of direct coaching and coach-the-coach support has helped teachers learn to take action with data. Learn about a new model of embedded PD and the results it’s generating.

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Christopher Cross, Chairman, Cross and Joftus, LLC, California (Moderator)
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Pamela Herrera, Instructional Director, Capital School District, Delaware

Heather McKenzie, Delaware Data Coach, Amplify Education, Delaware
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Christopher Ruszkowski, Chief Officer, Teacher & Leader Effectiveness Unit, Delaware Department of Education, Delaware
  
Thursday, June 27, 2013
10:15 AM — 12:15 PM

Early Learning Challenge Fund; What’s Working, What’s Next & Opportunities for States (session #425)
As a part of of the Federal Race to the Top competitions, 14 states have received financial support through the Early Learning Challenge Fund (ELCF) in order to improve early learning and early childhood systems for young children. But how does the Federal government expect states to use these funds, and what implementation challenges have state leaders run into along the way? This session offers a unique look at the ELCF by offering perspectives from the Federal government on implications for non-funded states, as well as state perspectives from Colorado and Delaware, two ELCF recipients.

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Barbara Bowman, Professor, Erikson Institute, Illinois
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Harriet Dichter, Director, Office of Early Childhood, State of Delaware, Delaware
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Steven Hicks, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Education, District of Columbia
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Linda K. Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, District of Columbia (Moderator)

Jennifer Stedron, Executive Director at Colorado Early Childhood Leadership Commission, State of Colorado, Colorado
  
Getting Students College-Ready - Before College (session #426)
The Gates Foundation wants to help our students get ready for college before they actually set foot on campus to begin classes. Be a part of this panel discussion and learn about the Blueprint for state policy action, based on research and best practice,- that states are implementing to get students college-ready.

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Paolo DeMaria, Principal, Education First Consulting, Ohio
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Uri Treisman, Professor of Mathematics and Executive Director, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas
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Bruce Vandal, Vice President, Complete College America, Colorado
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Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Senior Policy Analyst and Co-Director, ECS Information Clearinghouse, Education Commission of the States, Colorado
  
Kicking the Hornet’s Nest: What NCTQ Has Learned about Teacher Preparation (session #427)
Teacher quality is recognized as one of the most important factors in student success. Join Kate Walsh, president of the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) to learn more about the findings of the new NCTQ Teacher Prep Review, published by U.S. News and World Report. Walsh will identify the key findings of this unprecedented review of the nation’s teacher preparation programs, and highlight states applying eight viable strategies to strengthen teacher preparation.

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Susan Benner, Professor, Director of the Graduate School of Education & Associate Dean for Professional Licensure, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Tennessee

Michael Berry, Deputy Commissioner, Texas Education Agency, Texas
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Thomas Lasley, Professor & Executive Director, The University of Dayton, Ohio
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Rick Melmer, Dean, University of South Dakota, South Dakota
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Kate Walsh, President, National Council on Teacher Quality, District of Columbia
  
Career Readiness: How We Prepare Students for Success (session #428)
Preparing individuals to succeed in education and in their careers benefits them directly, but also benefits our workforce and country as a whole. What can we do to help students – and therefore all of us – succeed in the global economy?

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Kimberly Green, Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, Maryland
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Phyllis Hudecki, Secretary of Education, State of Oklahoma, Oklahoma
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Dane Linn, Vice President, The Business Roundtable, District of Columbia
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Gene Wilhoit, District of Columbia
  
Early Warning Systems: State Models for Keeping Students on Track for Success (session #429)
15 states provide early warning data to schools and school districts, however, only three offer an analytical tool that allows educators to upload and analyze their own data. Join representatives from Virginia, Massachusetts and the Data Quality Campaign for a discussion about early warning systems. Learn about: advantages of states managing their own data; costs and where funds come from; training and infrastructure required; key policy supports; improved student outcomes tied to early warning systems; how states work with districts on implementation, support and use; and lessons learned that could help other states considering implementation.

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Jenny Curtin, Coordinator, High School Graduation Initiatives, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Massachusetts
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Brennan McMahon, Senior Associate, State Policy Initiatives, Data Quality Campaign, District of Columbia
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Kathleen Smith, Director, Office of School Improvement, Virginia Department of Education, Virginia
  
Thursday, June 27, 2013
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM

Leveraging Smart Policy to Improve Dual Enrollment Access and Quality (session #445)
While research tells us that dual enrollment programs have an even greater impact on minority and low-income students than their more advantaged peers, data also suggest that disadvantaged students are underrepresented in dual enrollment programs. This session will highlight ECS’ recommendations for model state-level dual enrollment policy, and provide details on robust dual enrollment policies in Colorado and their impact on dual enrollment participation, including among disadvantaged students.

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Matthew Gianneschi, Vice President of Policy & Programs, Education Commission of the States, Colorado
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Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Senior Policy Analyst and Co-Director, ECS Information Clearinghouse, Education Commission of the States, Colorado
  
Charter Schools: New Ideas for Accountability and Authorization (session #446)
Bring your most difficult dilemmas to this “get your hands dirty” workshop on charter schools. Ask questions about how authorization and accountability work and how those processes might work better. But don’t stop there. This is your time to ask leading charter school policy experts about the broader framework around charter schools: inclusion of “P” (preschool); caps, autonomy, funding equity, facilities support, and partnership with districts. Todd Ziebarth understands the emerging issues around charter schools and the concerns of policy leaders. He is committed to holding these schools accountable. This session outlines how to include younger children in charter programs and new ways of thinking about the other charter “framework” questions that confront state leaders.

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Amanda Fenton, Director of State and Federal Policy, NACSA, Massachusetts
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Chris Nicastro, Commissioner of Education, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Missouri
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Todd Ziebarth, Senior Vice President, State Advocacy and Support, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Colorado
  
School Finance 101 (session #447)
With millions of dollars tied up in state school budgets, what do all those dollars really go toward? How does it work and how does school finance impact policy?

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Michael Griffith, Colorado
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Andrew Ujifusa, Writer, Education Week, Maryland
  
Re-thinking Teaching, Learning: Proficiency-Based Acceleration (session #448)
Proficiency-based accreditation is guided by principles of student-centered teaching, standards-based achievement, ongoing assessment, engaging students’ initiative, collaborative professional learning for instructors and development of supportive instructional leadership. Students learn at their own pace, which requires adjustment to standard teaching approaches. Sound simple? Probably not, but there are examples out there that could be beneficial to your state.

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Ronald Cowell, President, The Education Policy and Leadership Center, Pennsylvania
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Lillian Pace, Director of National Policy, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, District of Columbia
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Susan Patrick, President & CEO, International Association for K-12 Online Learning, Virginia
  
Early Learning/P-3 Caucus (session #449)
In the Fall 2012, the Early Learning Institute at ECS assembled an Early Learning caucus comprised of 15 influential people from across the country whose work focuses on the birth - 3rd grade continuum. The purpose of the Caucus is to help guide and support the Institute's mission and future work with an emphasis on P-3. The Caucus meeting will kick-off with a brief presentation from Barbara Bowman, co-founder of the Erikson Institute, followed by a discussion on the Institute's current work, and recommendations for next steps. All participants in the National Forum are welcome to attend.

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Barbara Bowman, Professor, Erikson Institute, Illinois
  
2013 State Teachers of the Year: The Practitioner’s Perspective on Policy (session #450)
This session is your opportunity to better understand what’s working and what’s not — from the perspective of some of the best teachers in the country. Learn how policy impacts the classroom, including the unintended consequences of some very good ideas. Find out what state roles or actions best motivate these highly competent educators, inspire them, and how best to affect all teachers and students.

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Katherine Bassett, Executive Director, National Network of State Teachers of the Year, District of Columbia
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Jeffrey Charbonneau, 2013 National Teacher of the Year, Zillah High School, Washington
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Alex Lopes, 2013 Florida State Teacher of the Year, Carol City Elementary School, Florida
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Heidi Welch, 2013 New Hampshire State Teacher of the Year, Hillsboro-Deering High School, New Hampshire

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