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Thursday, July 14, 2005

7:30 AM -- 5:30 PM
Registration Desk Open (session #400)
South Convention Lobby, Second Floor, Tower Building


7:30 AM -- 5:30 PM
Cyber Cafe Open (session #405)
Tower Court A, Second Floor, Tower Building
Stop by to see what's new on ECS' Web site. Computers are provided for your use by HP.



7:30 AM -- 9:45 AM
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Chairman's Breakfast (session #410)
Grand Ballroom, Second Floor, Tower Building

Celebrating Education Reform
To kick off this session, Governor Mike Huckabee will present the ECS Frank Newman Award for State Innovation to two states, Florida and Utah. Governor Jeb Bush, and ECS commissioner, will accept the award on behalf of Florida and Lieutenant Governor Gary R. Herbert will accept for Utah. Both will discuss the education reform initiatives in each of their states that earned them the award.

Two additional awards will be presented at the breakfast. The Hewlett-Packard Company has been chosen to receive the ECS Corporate Award, and Mike Huckabee will present the Chairman's Award to Plácido Domingo in recognition of his support for the arts in education, Huckabee's ECS chairman's initiative.

The Arts – A Lifetime of Learning
Creativity and adaptability have become the watchwords of the 21st century. But are America's schools and universities providing students with these skills? Many business leaders don't believe so. The ECS chairman's initiative on arts in education wants to ensure every child has the opportunity to learn about, enjoy and participate directly in the arts. Sir Ken Robinson, senior advisor for education to the Getty Foundation, will engage policymakers in understanding the connection among the arts in education, creativity and remaining competitive in a global workforce.



9:45 AM -- 10:00 AM
Break (session #415)
South Convention Lobby, Second Floor, Tower Building


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.



11:45 AM -- 1:45 PM
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Plenary Lunch (session #430)
Grand Ballroom, Second Floor, Tower Building

No Child Left Behind: Raising Achievement for All
U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings will deliver remarks on the importance of raising achievement for all children and will detail achievement gains across the country for all students.

The Innovator’s Dilemma – and Solution!
Learning from business innovations – and business failures – suggests educators and policymakers should pay at least as much attention to "disruptive opportunities" (simple, yet innovative ideas or products) as to the needs of their best customers. Clayton M. Christensen, author of The Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth, will suggest ways education policymakers can exploit disruptive opportunities to improve student achievement.



1:45 PM -- 2:15 PM
Break (session #435)
South Convention Lobby, Second Floor, Tower Building


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.



3:30 PM -- 4:00 PM
Break (session #447)
South Convention Lobby, Second Floor, Tower Building


4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
ECS at 40: Celebrating 40 Years of Education Advocacy (session #451)
Silver, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
Prominent former ECS chairmen will reflect on the legacy of ECS co-founder, the late governor Terry Sanford, the success of their initiatives and the road ahead for ECS.



6:00 PM -- 7:00 PM
Reception (session #470)
South Convention Lobby, Second Floor, Tower Building


7:00 PM -- 8:45 PM
James Bryant Conant Award Banquet (session #480)
Grand Ballroom, Second Floor, Tower Building
The James Bryant Conant Award for exceptional service to education, named for ECS' co-founder, is one of the most prestigious honors in the education community. This year, we will recognize Sharon Lynn Kagan, associate dean for policy at Columbia University's Teachers College, for her outstanding contributions to American education. In addition, former Conant 1981 award winner Terry Sanford will be acknowledged for his role as co-founder and first chairman of ECS.



 
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