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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

9:30 AM -- 11:30 AM
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Changes in the Higher Education Act: How States Should Respond (session #328)
Silver, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
The Higher Education Act is one of the most important pieces of federal legislation for higher education. With its upcoming reauthorization in Congress, proposed changes in accreditation, financial aid and accountability for colleges and universities are likely to affect higher education institutions. Learn how policymakers can influence and respond to these changes.



PARTICIPANTS

 

Linda Baer, Senior Program Officer, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Washington

Jack Massimino, Chairman, Corinthian Colleges, Inc., California


9:30 AM -- 11:30 AM
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East Meets West (session #329)
Denver, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
This is a two-part workshop.

9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Part IAsian and American Perspectives on Improving Math and Science Education.
Find out what new ideas and innovations the Asian and American leaders learned from their two-day pre-Forum meeting on standards, curriculum and assessment in mathematics and science education.

Participants include:
Vivien Stewart (Moderator)
Susan Sclafani
Yong Zhao

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Part IIImproving Mathematics and Science Education in the United States: Actions for State Education Leaders
The second half of the workshop will identify high-leverage strategies to help many more American students meet challenging math and science standards. Facilitators and workshop participants will suggest supportive policies and actions that state leaders can create.

Participants include:
Susan Sclafani (Moderator)
Gerald Wheeler
Richard J. Schaar
Henry L. Johnson



PARTICIPANTS

Diane DeBacker, Interim Commissioner of Education, Kansas Department of Education, Kansas

Darren Dennis, Director of Learning Services, Garden City Public Schools, Kansas

Joan Evans, Senior Consultant, Cross and Joftus, LLC, California


9:30 AM -- 11:30 AM
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What Works in High School Reform? A Look at the Research (session #330)
Tower Court C, Second Floor, Tower Building
Every day, policymakers hear more about the weaknesses of the American high school and learn more about what can be done to strengthen them. The number of issues that must be addressed – including rigor and relevance of the curriculum – makes redesign difficult. But there are steps that succeed. Learn what the most recent research says about "what works" and the best strategies to create high-performing high schools. Come brainstorm how state policy can support these strategies.



PARTICIPANTS

Tony Bennett, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Indiana Department of Education, Indiana

Holly Franks Boffy, 2010 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year, Paul Breaux Middle School, Louisiana

Jonathan Plucker, Director and Professor, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, Indiana University, Indiana

Paul Reville, Secretary of Education, Executive Office of Education, Massachusetts

Philip Schmidt, Associate Provost, Western Governors University, Utah


9:30 AM -- 11:30 AM
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Beyond the Civics Course: How Schools Prepare Students for Citizenship (session #331)
Tower Court D, Second Floor, Tower Building
Virtually everyone agrees public education plays an important role in preparing students for citizenship. How schools teach students the knowledge, skills and dispositions of effective citizens is often debated, however. Is a course in civics enough, and should legislators require it? Is there a role for service-learning? Is it appropriate for students to discuss controversial issues in schools? Join this discussion on these approaches and others being used in schools nationwide.



2:00 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Can Value-added Assessments Help Improve Student Achievement and Teaching Quality? (session #340)
Denver, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
"Growth" or "value-added" assessments that provide year-to-year results for individual students have captured policymakers' attention as they look for ways to improve student achievement. The methodology, data systems and political support for these assessments are gaining momentum across the country. Come learn about the potential advantages and pitfalls of data collection and using growth measures for individual students. Find out how these results also might be used to fairly evaluate teacher effectiveness.



2:00 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Innovative District Leadership Approaches: How Policymakers Can Adapt and Support Them (session #341)
Spruce, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
Don't miss this session on the innovative approaches some district leaders are taking to improve learning environments and increase student achievement. Based on research conducted for the ECS-MetLife leadership project, the session will feature snapshots and insights into the policies, practices and development needed to implement the approaches widely. See how innovative leaders handle professional development systems, create school cultures of learning and manage accountability systems, and learn how policymakers can use and support these approaches.



2:00 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Full-day Kindergarten: Learning That Lasts (session #342)
Century, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
How are states integrating full-day kindergarten into their education reform efforts and giving at-risk students an opportunity to gain skills and knowledge that better prepare them to succeed in 1st grade and beyond? Hear what session panelists have to say about efforts in their states. The panel includes a representative from a state that requires all children to attend full-day kindergarten and representatives from two states that have major full-day kindergarten initiatives under way this year.



2:00 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Workforce Development for the Creative Economy (session #343)
Gold, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
Is the United States on the verge of losing its competitive edge in the global economy? In addition to the changing demographics, outsourcing and technological innovations that continue to transform the nature of work in the 21st century, a creativity gap is emerging between the United States and other countries around the globe. Policymakers increasingly are looking to postsecondary education to produce a new "creative class" – workers and citizens capable of producing new ideas to sustain both America's economy and democracy. Join panelists from different sectors of the nation's creative community as they discuss the role of postsecondary education in shaping the future of the creative economy in the United States.



2:00 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Lessons from School Funding Court Cases (session #344)
Silver, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
Some recent court cases have ruled against the states, resulting in increased funding for education by billions of dollars. With as many as 16 new court cases to be filed this coming year, courts will be making more education policy decisions. This session will explore what adequacy means, where states are finding additional revenues for education, and how schools and districts can be held accountable for increasing student achievement with these additional resources.



2:00 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Increasing Postsecondary Access and Participation through Community Colleges (session #345)
Colorado, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
Community colleges play a critical role in ensuring every student graduates from high school and has two years of postsecondary education. State policy can help by early testing of high school students for admission and placement, partnerships between secondary and community college faculty, competency-based funding, and transferability of community college credits to four-year institutions. In this session, learn how policies and programs related to community colleges are helping individuals and states achieve their goals.



PARTICIPANTS

David S. Beard, Senior Associate, The Pew Charitable Trusts, District of Columbia

Allison de la Torre, The PEW Charitable Trusts, District of Columbia

Kristie Kauerz, Program Director, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Massachusetts

Jerry Weast, Superintendent of Montgomery County Schools, Maryland


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Thursday, July 14, 2005

10:00 AM -- 11:25 AM
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Are We Preparing Teachers Better? How Do We Know? (session #423)
Century, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
The quality of teachers and teaching is vitally linked to improving student success in schools, and the quality of preparation teachers get is a critical component in improving teaching. Interact with some of the nation’s leaders in efforts to improve the quality and responsiveness of teacher preparation.



10:00 AM -- 11:25 AM
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Pre-Kindergarten: Targeting the Achievement Gap Early (session #421)
Denver, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
The research evidence confirming early learning is a good investment for long-lasting success in school is multiplying. Explore how states can create pre-K programs that prepare at-risk and other students for kindergarten – and lifelong learning. And find out what results states can expect from this investment.



10:00 AM -- 11:25 AM
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Charter Schools as a Takeover Strategy: Challenges and Opportunites (session #422)
Spruce, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
One of the most controversial sanctions in the No Child Left Behind Act allows districts to close chronically low-performing schools and reopen them as charter schools. Will implementing this strategy improve student performance more so than working within the traditional public school system? Learn the challenges and opportunities of this policy approach and hear what leaders in two states have to say about their initial experience with sanctions.



10:00 AM -- 11:25 AM
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Using Data To Improve Student Achievement (session #424)
Cyber Cafe, Tower Court A, Second Floor, Tower Building
The Data Partnership is a collaborative effort to improve the collection and use of data to improve student achievement, make comparisons and benchmark best practices. What is the partnership finding? How are data systems and their results leading to improved school performance and student learning? Representatives from several federal-, private- and foundation-sponsored data efforts will examine how well schools and districts are performing.



10:00 AM -- 11:25 AM
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The Rhyme and Reasons for Keeping the Arts Strong in Schools (session #425)
Silver, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
No Child Left Behind and a number of states define the arts as a core subject. Research shows the arts can help reduce dropout rates, close student achievement gaps and meet other state education goals. But obstacles often place the arts on the margin. Hear how Arkansas overcame some of these barriers through recent legislation, what issues may surface once the demand for arts is created, and how state policymakers can ensure more students benefit from the arts.



10:00 AM -- 11:25 AM
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The National Collaborative for Postsecondary Education Policy: Results from Two States (session #426)
Colorado, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
Since 2003, the National Collaborative for Postsecondary Education Policy has been working in five states to study and help state leaders respond to key policy questions related to student preparation, affordability, enrollment, graduation, acquisition of knowledge and skills, and state benefits. Leaders from two of these states will share what they've learned and describe the new policies and action plans they developed to improve postsecondary education.



2:15 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Creating Great Leaders To Take Innovations to Scale (session #441)
Denver, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
Policy barriers, limited resources and organizational structures can foster unimaginative, unplanned or unsuccessful education systems. Learn and discuss how state policy can help urban districts provide teaching and learning environments that help children succeed. Based on the experiences of The Wallace Foundation state grantees and research on the district winners of the Broad Prize, this session will offer policy insights, successful practices and other developments needed to take innovative leadership approaches to scale.



2:15 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Student-based Budgeting and Beyond (session #442)
Spruce, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
Every year, the United States spends over $500 billion on public elementary and secondary schools. Yet these financial resources are not managed in ways that encourage and reinforce efforts to improve educational outcomes. This session will describe how student-based budgeting is affecting spending, accountability, governance and funding issues in districts across the country.



2:15 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Creating the Political Will To Staff Our Hardest-to-Staff Schools (session #443)
Century, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
No issue is more important in closing the achievement gap than ensuring every child has a highly qualified teacher. Building on Virginia Governor Mark R. Warner's agenda as 2003-04 ECS chairman, this session will explore ways to encourage, train, appropriately pay and support teachers to work in our most difficult schools -- and create the political will to do so.



2:15 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Strengthening the Bridge from High School to Postsecondary Education (session #444)
Gold, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
According to recent statistics, 80% of new jobs in coming decades will require some form of postsecondary education. Yet, nationwide, only 20% of 9th graders entering the education pipeline graduate with a college degree by the age of 24. In a knowledge-based economy and complex democracy, the transition from high school to college has never been more vital. Come and be part of this lively policy discussion, as panelists delve into the issues of dual enrollment, early college high schools, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs, and their impact on college participation.



2:15 PM -- 3:30 PM
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No Child Left Behind -- What’s Working? What’s Not? (session #445)
Silver, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
States have had three years to design and implement the No Child Left Behind legislation. As implementation continues, however, important issues are emerging. For example, how are states ensuring authorized providers of supplemental education services are getting the job done? How are they guaranteeing student information systems house quality data? How are some unique choices of "other indicators" playing out? State and district superintendents will provide "in-the-trenches" feedback for session attendees.

Any policymaker attending this session will be invited to join the panel.



 
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