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Thursday, July 15, 2004

7:30 AM -- 5:30 PM
Registration Desk Open
Convention Lobby


7:30 AM -- 5:30 PM
Cyber Cafe Open
Florida III


8:15 AM -- 9:45 AM


Chairman's Breakfast: Ensuring Teaching Quality in Hard-to-staff Schools
Plaza D/E
America is unlikely to close the achievement gap between majority and minority students unless policymakers and stakeholders are willing to rethink how public school teachers are recruited, trained, assigned and rewarded. Current practices and policies undermine the efforts of visionary educators who believe children in poor urban and rural communities can learn and achieve. Mark R. Warner, governor of Virginia and 2003-04 ECS chairman, will present the Frank Newman State Innovation Award, the ECS Corporate Award and the Chairman's Award also will be made during this session.


9:45 AM -- 10:15 AM
Coffee Break
Convention Lobby


10:15 AM -- 11:45 AM


Good to Great, Few to Many: The Role of State Policy in Creating Education Leaders
Plaza A
A number of national efforts to improve education leadership are well under way. The new Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning study, Balanced Leadership, links leadership factors with student achievement gains. States involved in the State Action for Education Leadership Project have developed strategies to ensure well-developed leaders operate within conditions that support their ability to raise student achievement. Panelists will explore these and other efforts, and their implications for policy changes to improve education leadership.


10:15 AM -- 11:45 AM


Full-day Kindergarten: A Key Strategy for Closing the Achievement Gap
Plaza B
A growing body of research indicates that as children enter kindergarten, a profound achievement gap exists between poor children and their middle- and upper-class counterparts. To address these inequities, more states are focusing on the importance of full-day kindergarten as a means of raising student achievement. This session will highlight how full-day kindergarten helps to close the achievement gap and will provide state-based strategies for implementing full-day kindergarten. Participants will leave with an understanding of the reforms needed to strengthen kindergarten and with an overview of how some states and districts are tackling the challenge.


10:15 AM -- 11:45 AM


Paying for Standards-based Reform: Are State Tax Structures Up to the Job?
Plaza C
Many tax experts and some political leaders argue that state tax structures are outdated and not up to the job of paying for the public services citizens demand such as improved education systems. What's wrong with state tax structures? How might they be reformed? What will it take to help the public understand how current and possible new tax systems will affect public services and quality of life?


10:15 AM -- 11:45 AM


What -- and How Much -- Do Students Learn in College?
Plaza F
Since the release of Measuring Up 2000, the National Forum on College-Level Learning has been addressing the issue of student learning in higher education. This session will inform state policymakers about the findings from a five-state trial of a model for assessing the intellectual skills of the college-educated population. In addition to the feasibility of the model and what it reveals about collegiate learning in the pilot states, the panel will discuss the study's possible implications for state policy.


10:15 AM -- 11:45 AM


State Strategies That Turn Around Low-performing Schools
Plaza G
Learn how state education leaders are working with districts to help them turn around low-performing schools. Three chief state school officers will discuss their strategies for assisting low-performing districts and schools, and provide evidence of effectiveness. This session will help policymakers understand effective interventions, strategies and policies for supporting and improving schools and the research upon which these strategies are based.


10:15 AM -- 11:45 AM


Preparing America's Future High School Initiative
Plaza H
In October 2003, Secretary of Education Roderick Paige launched the Preparing America's Future High School Initiative. This initiative is designed to support leaders at the state and local levels in creating educational opportunities that will fully prepare American youth for success in further education and training, as participants in a highly skilled U.S. workforce, and as productive and responsible citizens. A critical component of this initiative has been a series of seven regional high school summits to help state teams work through and create short- and long-term plans for strengthening outcomes for youth, improving high schools and meeting the vision of the No Child Left Behind Act.


12:00 PM -- 1:45 PM


Plenary Lunch: 50 Years of Equity and Excellence: Unfinished Business
Plaza D/E
Fifty years after the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision, gaps in educational achievement along racial and ethnic lines persist. What will it take to fully realize the promise of an excellent and equitable education for every young American? Learn more about the issues and challenges facing state policymakers.


1:45 PM -- 2:15 PM
Coffee Break
Convention Lobby


2:15 PM -- 3:30 PM


Connecting the Dots: What State Policymakers Need To Know about Federal Higher Education Legislation
Plaza F
Congress is currently engaged in reauthorizing two major pieces of legislation affecting community colleges and universities the Higher Education Act (HEA) and the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Both have considerable implications for state higher education policy, particularly in the areas of affordability and accountability. But just how do pending actions in Washington translate to the statehouse? The session will provide a "real-time" update on important bills, and engage participants in a dialogue about what it means for the states.


2:15 PM -- 3:30 PM


The Arts for a 21st-century Education
Plaza A
A growing body of evidence points to the important role of arts education in improving student achievement, engaging troubled youth and preparing the workforce for an increasingly knowledge-based global economy. This session will explore what the research says on the power of integrating arts into school curricula and programs to improve student achievement and prepare tomorrow's workforce. Implications for state policy will be drawn.


2:15 PM -- 3:30 PM


Paying for Standards-based Reform: Increasing Education Productivity
Plaza C
New money from school finance reform will increase achievement only if these resources are allocated effectively. Recommendations from a recent Committee on Economic Development report suggest that redesigning funding policies, including using resources more effectively; making teacher pay more reflective of labor market realities; creating incentives for improved performance; and linking funding levels to the costs of meeting education standards will be essential to transforming schools into high-performance organizations. These policy recommendations, along with related findings from research centers in New York and Washington, will be discussed.


2:15 PM -- 3:30 PM


IDEA Meets NCLB: Clash of the Titans
Plaza B
This session will focus on adequate yearly progress, teacher quality and assessment as they relate to students with disabilities. What issues need to be addressed? Some questions will be resolved in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act legislation, but which ones won't? From a statistical standpoint, how big a problem is it to include students with disabilities? This session will look for consensus on the changes and policy levers needed to maximize performance of students with disabilities, including interventions to help reduce special education referrals.


2:15 PM -- 3:30 PM


Paying Teachers for Performance: Let's Pull Off the Gloves and Get to the Bottom of the Issue
Plaza H
The groundswell in favor of paying teachers on the basis of their classroom performance continues to rise. The last few months have seen the publication of a major report by The Teaching Commission, and several new books and articles strongly advocate replacing the traditional teacher pay structure with a pay-for-performance system that includes student achievement in the calculation. Detractors see too many difficulties in creating a fair pay-for-performance system. Can states move forward on such plans, or is it time to lay the idea to rest?


2:15 PM -- 3:30 PM


Using State Policy To Improve Academic Achievement in Urban Schools
Plaza G
Many urban districts are successfully improving the academic achievement of their students meeting or even outperforming state averages on state achievement assessments. Two urban superintendents will discuss state policies that help or "get in the way." Come hear candid assessments of how state policy can better support urban reforms that increase student achievement.


3:30 PM -- 4:00 PM
Coffee Break
Convention Lobby


4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
Closing the Achievement Gap
The Educational Testing Service (ETS) conducted a study that looked at the performance of 10 states on the National Assessment of Educational Progress 8th-grade mathematics assessment from 1992 to 2000, with specific attention to the achievement gap of blacks and whites in high- and low-poverty schools. Learn what ETS found about the relationship between state education policies and the closing of the achievement gap. Also compiled were histories of education policy in each state from 1988 to 1998. These policies were analyzed identifying patterns illuminating the relationship between states' policies and their success in closing the achievement gap.


4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM


The Teaching Gap: Reflections on Teaching and How To Improve It
Plaza H
Videos of classroom teaching collected as part of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) reveal that teaching is a cultural activity, varying more across cultures than within. Teaching is learned, largely based on hidden cultural scripts, embedded in wider cultural beliefs and practices, and difficult to change, according to TIMSS. Given these factors, how can teaching be improved? This presentation will describe the most recent findings from the TIMSS video studies of mathematics and science teaching in seven countries, and discuss the implications of these findings for (1) current debates about mathematics teaching and learning in schools, and (2) teacher professional learning.


4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM


Higher Education Reform: Ready or Not?
Plaza F
For most of the last decade, public opinion has been remarkably complacent about higher education. Beyond concerns about the price tag, the public has been more or less satisfied with the product. The most recent surveys, however, suggest a possible change in attitude. But is the public really ready for the kind of radical reform being called for by a growing number of forward-thinking campus and state leaders? Hear about and debate new ideas currently being tested or tried in the states, including offering competency-based degrees, freeing colleges from state regulation, operating campuses year-round and giving tuition "vouchers" directly to students. Is the public ready for such changes? Are you?


4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM


Competing in the 21st-century Economy: State Education Strategies To Meet Workforce Needs
Plaza G
More than two-thirds of the jobs being created in the fastest-growing sectors of the U.S. economy office jobs, health care jobs and teaching positions require at least some education beyond high school. Creating enough college-educated workers to meet the demand will require smarter investment strategies for the dollars currently devoted to postsecondary education. States that do not get enough of their students through college are going to lose jobs, skilled workers and tax revenue to states that do. Learn how a large multinational company views the need for skilled workers and how two- and four-year institutions are responding.


6:00 PM -- 7:00 PM
Reception
Florida I/II


7:00 PM -- 8:45 PM
James Bryant Conant Award Banquet
Plaza D/E
The Conant Award for exceptional service to education, named for ECS' co-founder, is one of the most prestigious honors in the education community and recognizes an individual for outstanding contributions to American education. This year's award will be presented posthumously to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and former Governor of Illinois John H. Stelle. Business attire is suggested.


8:45 PM -- 10:00 PM
Capitol Offense Concert
Orlando III
Join Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, ECS' chairman-elect, and his band of friends, staff and colleagues for some '50s, '60s and '70s rock 'n roll before bedtime. Capitol Offense features: Governor Huckabee, bass guitar; Gordon Caffee, lead guitar; Rick Calhoun, rhythm guitar; Daryl Cox, drums; Marynell Branch, keyboard; and singers Terri Cox, Steve Pyle and Aaron Black.




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