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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

7:30 AM -- 9:00 AM
Opening Plenary Breakfast - A Conversation on Creative Leadership (session #315)
Grand Ballroom, Second Floor, Tower Building
Success in the creative economy will depend on the quality of its leaders and how well they can unleash their organizations' intellectual capital. In an informal give-and-take conversation, Piedad F. Robertson, ECS president, and Blenda Wilson, Nellie Mae Education Foundation president and chief executive officer, will reflect on how leaders create four supporting conditions that make a difference: providing purpose, sustaining trust, fostering hope and getting results.

12:00 PM -- 1:30 PM
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Plenary Lunch: NCLB – A Common-sense Focus (session #338)
Grand Ballroom, Second Floor, Tower Building
U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings has proposed this equation: The principles of the law plus student achievement and a narrowing of the achievement gap plus overall sound state education policies equals a new common-sense approach to the implementation of No Child Left Behind. This equation is a blueprint for getting all our nation's children to grade level and beyond in reading and mathematics. U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Raymond Simon will describe this new approach states are taking.

Preceding the presentation, Denver Mayor John W. Hickenlooper will welcome participants to the city of Denver.

6:30 PM -- 9:00 PM
Food, Fun and Rock ‘n’ Roll! (session #390)
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
If you were at last year's National Forum, you know Capitol Offense Rocks! Don't miss this VIP performance of Governor Mike Huckabee's band at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and enjoy the evening at this special Colorado landmark. Denver School of the Arts (DSA) jazz band, led by Dave Hammond, band director, will open for Capitol Offense. DSA is the only public comprehensive secondary arts magnet school in the Rocky Mountain region. Students in grades 6-12 are provided opportunities to grow academically and artistically in a nontuition public school magnet program. Many of these students continue their studies in university or conservatory settings.

The entertainment segment of this event is sponsored by NAMM, the International Music Products Association.

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Thursday, July 14, 2005

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.

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.

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.

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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