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National Forum 2013

 

 


  ECS National Forum Speakers
  
Katherine Bassett, Executive Director, National Network of State Teachers of the Year, District of Columbia
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
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.
  
Susan Benner, Professor, Director of the Graduate School of Education & Associate Dean for Professional Licensure, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Tennessee
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
10:15 AM — 12:15 PM
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.
  
Michael Berry, Deputy Commissioner, Texas Education Agency, Texas

Thursday, June 27, 2013
10:15 AM — 12:15 PM
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.
  
Tricia Berry, Director, Women in Engineering Program (WEP) Director, Texas Girls Collaborative Project (TxGCP), University of Texas at Austin, Texas
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
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.
  
Barbara Bowman, Professor, Erikson Institute, Illinois
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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.
  
Barbara Bowman, Professor, Erikson Institute, Illinois
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
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.
  
Sarita Brown, President, Excelencia in Education, District of Columbia 
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
11:00 AM — 12:00 PM
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.
  
Sarita Brown, President, Excelencia in Education, District of Columbia
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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.
  
Jeffrey Charbonneau, 2013 National Teacher of the Year, Zillah High School, Washington
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
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.
  
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
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
11:00 AM — 12:00 PM
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.
  

David T. Conley, Founder and CEO, Educational Policy Improvement Center; President, CCR Consulting Group, LLC

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
3:45 PM — 4:30 PM
Getting Beyond the Rhetoric: Bringing Our Students to Real College-Readiness (session #240)
Adopting rigorous expectations such as the Common Core State Standards is but one of the steps policymakers must take to help a greater proportion of America’s students achieve college-readiness by high school graduation. This session will explore: What beyond mastering rigorous standards must students know and be able to do to be truly college-ready? What early, actionable information can we provide students, teachers, and parents? And how can we help students identified as not college-ready make meaningful progress toward college-readiness?
  
Ronald Cowell, President, The Education Policy and Leadership Center, Pennsylvania
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
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.
  
Christopher Cross, Chairman, Cross and Joftus, LLC, California (Moderator)
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
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.
  
Jenny Curtin, Coordinator, High School Graduation Initiatives, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Massachusetts
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
10:15 AM — 12:15 PM
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.
  
Diane DeBacker, Commissioner of Education, Kansas Department of Education, Kansas
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
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.
  
Paolo DeMaria, Principal, Education First Consulting, Ohio
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
10:15 AM — 12:15 PM
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.
  
Harriet Dichter, Director, Office of Early Childhood, State of Delaware, Delaware
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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.
  
Hon. Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education, District of Columbia
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
8:00 AM — 9:00 AM
Plenary Session (session #410)
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will talk about the future of education policy in America along with an update on the Administration's early learning initiative.
  
Johanna Duncan-Poitier, Senior Vice Chancellor of Community Colleges & the Education Pipeline, State University of New York, New York
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
11:00 AM — 12:00 PM
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.
  
Amanda Fenton, Director of State and Federal Policy, NACSA, Massachusetts
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
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.
  
Hon. Jim Geringer, Director of Public Policy and Strategy, Environmental Systems Research Institute, Wyoming
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
1:00 PM — 3:30 PM
2013 State Teachers of the Year (Invitation Only) (session #215)
2013 State Teachers of the Year will receive an overview of this year’s Forum activities and learn more about the roles they will play at the 2013 Forum. State Teachers of the Year will engage with high-level policymakers and ECS Commissioners on an issue that impacts them directly—teacher evaluation. Participants will exchange practitioner and policymaker perspectives on this critical, complex issue and learn the most effective ways to frame their concerns in ways that will resonate with those who hold different beliefs.
  
Matthew Gianneschi, Vice President of Policy & Programs, Education Commission of the States, Colorado
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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.
  
Liam Goldrick, Director of Policy, New Teacher Center, Wisconsin
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
1:00 PM — 3:30 PM
2013 State Teachers of the Year (Invitation Only) (session #215)
2013 State Teachers of the Year will receive an overview of this year’s Forum activities and learn more about the roles they will play at the 2013 Forum. State Teachers of the Year will engage with high-level policymakers and ECS Commissioners on an issue that impacts them directly—teacher evaluation. Participants will exchange practitioner and policymaker perspectives on this critical, complex issue and learn the most effective ways to frame their concerns in ways that will resonate with those who hold different beliefs.
  
Kimberly Green, Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, Maryland
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
10:15 AM — 12:15 PM
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?
  
Michael Griffith, Colorado
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
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.
  
Michael Griffith, Colorado
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
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?
  
Lisa Guilfoile, Project Leader, Education Commission of the States, Colorado
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
11:00 AM — 12:00 PM
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.
  
Stephen Handel, Executive Director, The College Board, California
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
11:00 AM — 12:00 PM
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.
  
David Hawkins, Director of Public Policy and Research, National Association for College Admission Counseling, Virginia
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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.
  
Pamela Herrera, Instructional Director, Capital School District, Delaware
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
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.
  
Frederick Hess, Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, District of Columbia
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
12:15 PM — 1:45 PM
Plenary Lunch: Busting Out of the Cage; Leaders Win (session #435)
In his book, Cage-Busting Leadership, Rick Hess shares what the cage looks like, how to bust out of it and how to help cultivate and keep powerful cultures of teaching and learning that are equal to their ambitions. Join us for an all-star discussion on the successes and frustrations of real cage busters.
  
Hon. John Hickenlooper, Governor, State of Colorado, Colorado
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
8:00 AM — 8:30 AM
Welcome Remarks, The Future of Education and Gavel Exchange (session #315)

  
Hon. John Hickenlooper, Governor, State of Colorado, Colorado
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
8:30 AM — 9:30 AM
Getting to the Third “C”: College, Career, and Citizenship (session #320)
Preparing students to be engaged, productive citizens is one of the foundations of public education. Join several Governors for an interactive conversation about why civic education is critical to our nation’s success and what states can do to make sure that students are college, career, and citizenship ready.
  
Steven Hicks, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Education, District of Columbia
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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.
  
Phyllis Hudecki, Secretary of Education, State of Oklahoma, Oklahoma
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
10:15 AM — 12:15 PM
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?
  
Kathy Hurley, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Pearson Education, Virginia
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
9:30 AM — 9:45 AM
Read for the Record (session #325)

  
Sally Johnstone, Vice President, Academic Advancement, Western Governors University, Utah
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
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.
  
Stuart Kahl, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Measured Progress, Inc., New Hampshire
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
10:00 AM — 10:45 AM
Assessment Literacy: The Overlooked Ingredient in Educator Effectiveness (session #335)
Despite widespread emphasis on data-driven decision making, the low level of assessment literacy among educators and policy makers leads to practices and programs that inhibit learning and to faulty evaluation systems. Hear what leaders from research, state, and testing perspectives have to say about this situation and how to address it so that we can better engage students, promote growth, narrow achievement gaps, and increase teacher effectiveness.
  
Stuart Kahl, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Measured Progress, Inc., New Hampshire
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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.
  
Paige Kowalski, Director, State Policy Initiatives, Data Quality Campaign, District of Columbia
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
11:00 AM — 12:00 PM
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.
  
Amity Kukla, Principal, Grant's Lick Elementary School, Kentucky
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
11:00 AM — 12:00 PM
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.
  
Richard Laine, Director of Education, National Governors Association, District of Columbia
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
3:15 PM — 4:15 PM
Common Core State Standards: From Policy to Implementation . . . What Are the Next Steps? (session #362)
As states grapple with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, leaders from the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers will discuss how their organizations are working with states to make the successful transition to the more rigorous, common standards a reality. As the NGA and CCSSO led the movement for the Common Core Standards, NGA Education Director Richard Laine and CCSSO Executive Director Chris Minnich will provide insight into the need for and goals of the Common Core and will provide examples of how states are working through some of the most challenging implementation areas.
  
Thomas Lasley, Professor & Executive Director, The University of Dayton, Ohio
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
10:15 AM — 12:15 PM
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.
  
Meira Levinson, Assistant Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Massachusetts (Moderator)
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
8:30 AM — 9:30 AM
Getting to the Third “C”: College, Career, and Citizenship (session #320)
Preparing students to be engaged, productive citizens is one of the foundations of public education. Join several Governors for an interactive conversation about why civic education is critical to our nation’s success and what states can do to make sure that students are college, career, and citizenship ready.
  
Dane Linn, Vice President, The Business Roundtable, District of Columbia
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
10:15 AM — 12:15 PM
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?
  
David Longanecker, President, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Colorado
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
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.
  
Alex Lopes, 2013 Florida State Teacher of the Year, Carol City Elementary School, Florida
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
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.
  
Heather McKenzie, Delaware Data Coach, Amplify Education, Delaware

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
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.
  
Brennan McMahon, Senior Associate, State Policy Initiatives, Data Quality Campaign, District of Columbia
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
10:15 AM — 12:15 PM
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.
  
Rick Melmer, Dean, University of South Dakota, South Dakota
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
10:15 AM — 12:15 PM
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.
  
Jamie Merisotis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lumina Foundation, Indiana
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
4:30 PM — 5:30 PM
The Future of Postsecondary: How Do We Prepare? (session #245)
It is estimated that jobs requiring some postsecondary education will see greater growth through 2020 than jobs requiring a high school diploma or less – and the salary premium for a college degree continues to climb. Yet each year, thousands of capable high school graduates fail to enter college, and of those who do enter, far too few complete a degree. Learn from Jamie Merisotis of the Lumina Foundation what the future of postsecondary holds, and gain insights from incoming ECS Chair Governor Sandoval’s panel discussion with a teacher of the year and a first-generation college student how retooling current systems and structures can help more Americans earn a postsecondary degree or credential.
  
Chris Minnich, Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers, District of Columbia
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
3:15 PM — 4:15 PM
Common Core State Standards: From Policy to Implementation . . . What Are the Next Steps? (session #362)
As states grapple with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, leaders from the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers will discuss how their organizations are working with states to make the successful transition to the more rigorous, common standards a reality. As the NGA and CCSSO led the movement for the Common Core Standards, NGA Education Director Richard Laine and CCSSO Executive Director Chris Minnich will provide insight into the need for and goals of the Common Core and will provide examples of how states are working through some of the most challenging implementation areas.
  
Chris Nicastro, Commissioner of Education, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Missouri
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
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.
  
Hon. Jay Nixon, Governor, State of Missouri, Missouri
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
8:00 AM — 8:30 AM
Welcome Remarks, The Future of Education and Gavel Exchange (session #315)

  
Hon. Jay Nixon, Governor, State of Missouri, Missouri
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
8:30 AM — 9:30 AM
Getting to the Third “C”: College, Career, and Citizenship (session #320)
Preparing students to be engaged, productive citizens is one of the foundations of public education. Join several Governors for an interactive conversation about why civic education is critical to our nation’s success and what states can do to make sure that students are college, career, and citizenship ready.
  
Lillian Pace, Director of National Policy, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, District of Columbia
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
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.
  
Susan Patrick, President & CEO, International Association for K-12 Online Learning, Virginia
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
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.
  
W. James "Jim" Popham, Emeritus Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Los Angeles, California
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
10:00 AM — 10:45 AM
Assessment Literacy: The Overlooked Ingredient in Educator Effectiveness (session #335)
Despite widespread emphasis on data-driven decision making, the low level of assessment literacy among educators and policy makers leads to practices and programs that inhibit learning and to faulty evaluation systems. Hear what leaders from research, state, and testing perspectives have to say about this situation and how to address it so that we can better engage students, promote growth, narrow achievement gaps, and increase teacher effectiveness.
  
W. James "Jim" Popham, Emeritus Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Los Angeles, California
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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.
  
John Ratliff, Director of Policy, State of Maryland, Maryland
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
11:00 AM — 12:00 PM
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.
  
Richard Rhoda, Executive Director, Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Tennessee
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
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.
  
Richard Rothstein, Research Associate, Economic Policy Institute, District of Columbia
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
9:00 AM — 10:00 AM
Housing Policy=Education Policy (session #415)
Socially and economically disadvantaged children perform, on average, at lower levels of achievement than advantaged children. The obstacles to achievement are exacerbated when disadvantaged children are concentrated in racially/economically homogeneous and isolated schools. These barriers must be broken down if we are the narrow the achievement gap. Familiarizing plenary session attendees with this reality will be necessary before support will be possible to focus on undoing segregation.
  
Christopher Ruszkowski, Chief Officer, Teacher & Leader Effectiveness Unit, Delaware Department of Education, Delaware
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
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.
  
Hon. Brian Sandoval, Governor, State of Nevada, Nevada
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
4:30 PM — 5:30 PM
The Future of Postsecondary: How Do We Prepare? (session #245)
It is estimated that jobs requiring some postsecondary education will see greater growth through 2020 than jobs requiring a high school diploma or less – and the salary premium for a college degree continues to climb. Yet each year, thousands of capable high school graduates fail to enter college, and of those who do enter, far too few complete a degree. Learn from Jamie Merisotis of the Lumina Foundation what the future of postsecondary holds, and gain insights from incoming ECS Chair Governor Sandoval’s panel discussion with a teacher of the year and a first-generation college student how retooling current systems and structures can help more Americans earn a postsecondary degree or credential.
  
Hon. Brian Sandoval, Governor, State of Nevada, Nevada
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
8:00 AM — 8:30 AM
Welcome Remarks, The Future of Education and Gavel Exchange (session #315)

  
Hon. Brian Sandoval, Governor, State of Nevada, Nevada
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
8:30 AM — 9:30 AM
Getting to the Third “C”: College, Career, and Citizenship (session #320)
Preparing students to be engaged, productive citizens is one of the foundations of public education. Join several Governors for an interactive conversation about why civic education is critical to our nation’s success and what states can do to make sure that students are college, career, and citizenship ready.
  
Stefanie Sanford, Chief of Global Policy & Advocacy, The College Board, District of Columbia (Moderator)
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
3:15 PM — 4:15 PM
Common Core State Standards: From Policy to Implementation . . . What Are the Next Steps? (session #362)
As states grapple with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, leaders from the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers will discuss how their organizations are working with states to make the successful transition to the more rigorous, common standards a reality. As the NGA and CCSSO led the movement for the Common Core Standards, NGA Education Director Richard Laine and CCSSO Executive Director Chris Minnich will provide insight into the need for and goals of the Common Core and will provide examples of how states are working through some of the most challenging implementation areas.
  
Hon. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, District of Columbia
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
8:00 AM — 9:00 AM
Plenary Session (session #410)
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will talk about the future of education policy in America along with an update on the Administration's early learning initiative.
  
Joel Simon, Associate Vice President for Government Services, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, Illinois
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
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.
  
Kathleen Smith, Director, Office of School Improvement, Virginia Department of Education, Virginia
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
10:15 AM — 12:15 PM
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.
  
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)
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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.
  
Malbert Smith, President, MetaMetrics, Inc., North Carolina
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
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.
  
Mary Ann Snider, Chief, Division of Educator Quality & Instructional Effectiveness, Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Rhode Island
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
10:00 AM — 10:45 AM
Assessment Literacy: The Overlooked Ingredient in Educator Effectiveness (session #335)
Despite widespread emphasis on data-driven decision making, the low level of assessment literacy among educators and policy makers leads to practices and programs that inhibit learning and to faulty evaluation systems. Hear what leaders from research, state, and testing perspectives have to say about this situation and how to address it so that we can better engage students, promote growth, narrow achievement gaps, and increase teacher effectiveness.
  
Mary Ann Snider, Chief, Division of Educator Quality & Instructional Effectiveness, Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Rhode Island
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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.
  
Jennifer Stedron, Executive Director at Colorado Early Childhood Leadership Commission, State of Colorado, Colorado

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.
  
Rose Stuckey Kirk, President, Verizon Foundation, New Jersey (Moderator)
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
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.
  
Uri Treisman, Professor of Mathematics and Executive Director, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
10:15 AM — 12:15 PM
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.
  
Andrew Ujifusa, Writer, Education Week, Maryland
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
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?
  
Bruce Vandal, Vice President, Complete College America, Colorado
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
10:15 AM — 12:15 PM
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.
  
Kate Walsh, President, National Council on Teacher Quality, District of Columbia
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
10:15 AM — 12:15 PM
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.
  
Heidi Welch, 2013 New Hampshire State Teacher of the Year, Hillsboro-Deering High School, New Hampshire
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
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.
  
Jeff Weld, Director of IMSEP & Executive Director, Governor's STEM Advisory Council, Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership, Iowa
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
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.
  
Allie Whitehurst, Culture of Calm Coordinator, Percy L. Julian High School, Illinois
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
11:00 AM — 12:00 PM
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.
  
Hon. Charles Wiger, Chair, Senate Finance - E-12 Division, Minnesota Senate, Minnesota
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
1:00 PM — 3:30 PM
2013 State Teachers of the Year (Invitation Only) (session #215)
2013 State Teachers of the Year will receive an overview of this year’s Forum activities and learn more about the roles they will play at the 2013 Forum. State Teachers of the Year will engage with high-level policymakers and ECS Commissioners on an issue that impacts them directly—teacher evaluation. Participants will exchange practitioner and policymaker perspectives on this critical, complex issue and learn the most effective ways to frame their concerns in ways that will resonate with those who hold different beliefs.
  
Gene Wilhoit, District of Columbia
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
10:15 AM — 12:15 PM
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?
  
Todd Ziebarth, Senior Vice President, State Advocacy and Support, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Colorado
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
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.
  
Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Senior Policy Analyst and Co-Director, ECS Information Clearinghouse, Education Commission of the States, Colorado
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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.
  
Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Senior Policy Analyst and Co-Director, ECS Information Clearinghouse, Education Commission of the States, Colorado
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
10:15 AM — 12:15 PM
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.
  
Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Senior Policy Analyst and Co-Director, ECS Information Clearinghouse, Education Commission of the States, Colorado
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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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