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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
Roundtables/Table Top Discussions (session #350)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
Join your peers in this informal opportunity to learn more about the topic of your choice, share and learn from other Forum attendees interested in the issue, and get specific questions answered. Roundtable topics are designed for small-group discussions on specific issues or opportunities. A resource leader will facilitate the discussion at each table.



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 1– Teacher Education Program Effectiveness: What Serves as Credible and Persuasive Evidence? (session #351)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
What evidence demonstrates the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs? What evidence would policymakers find credible? A recent survey of teacher education programs has identified promising pathways. Participants will be asked to convey what they would find most convincing, either among the array of promising pathways already identified or new approaches yet to be developed.

Facilitator:
Mona Wineburg, director of teacher education, American Association of State Colleges and Universities



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 2 – Chartering 2.0: Improving Chartering School Laws and Policies (session #352)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
Midway into the second decade of the charter school movement, policymakers are grappling with improving charter school laws and policies to achieve better educational results. A critical factor in charter school quality is the charter school authorizer – the agency responsible for approving, overseeing and evaluating charters. Come learn about policy improvements needed to support effective chartering, including a new resource for policymaking, Principles and Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing.

FACILITATOR:
Margaret Lin, senior associate, National Association of Charter School Authorizers



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 3 – New Ideas on School Funding (session #353)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
Often, discussions of school finance deal with the problems facing states – budget cuts, the rising cost of health care benefits and school-funding litigation. Instead of problems, possible solutions will be the focus during this get-together. As a starting point, the facilitator will use a recent ECS paper that examines solutions to education funding beyond litigation. Participants will be encouraged to share school funding solutions that have been successful in their states.

Facilitator:
Michael Griffith, policy analyst (school finance), Education Commission of the States



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 4 – Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) (session #354)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
AVID is a 5th- through 12th-grade program to prepare students during this academic midpoint for four-year college eligibility. AVID accelerates underachieving students into more rigorous courses and offers extensive student support to ensure their success. AVID levels the playing field for minority, rural, low-income and other students without a college-going tradition in their families. AVID has a 25-year history of success, and impacts the lives of over 105,000 students in 30 states and 15 countries each year.

Facilitator:
Karen Lewis, AVID Colorado state director, Adams 50 School District



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 5 – Tracking and Controlling the Cost of Teacher Turnover (session #355)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
Teacher turnover is a major problem affecting many schools and students – 46% of all new teachers in the United States leave their schools within five years after entering the classroom. In high-poverty schools, annual teacher turnover rates approach 20%. This churn has adverse consequences for student learning and for school success, but its financial costs are largely hidden from administrators and policymakers. As a result, scarce financial resources are lost. The return on investment is poorer in schools with high turnover. The new challenge is to help districts track or control these costs to better understand the consequences on student learning.

Facilitator:
Kelly Green, director of state policy and partnerships, National Commission on Teaching and America's Future



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 6 – Governance in Early Education (session #356)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
Two states have radically redesigned their governance structures that oversee pre-kindergarten, child care and other early learning programs. Both Georgia and Massachusetts have created new state departments of early learning. This roundtable will explore both the opportunities and the challenges created by this restructuring effort.

Facilitator:
Kristie Kauerz, program director (early learning), Education Commission of the States



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 7 – Reinventing State Finance and Accountability: Colorado's College Vouchers and Performance Contracts (session #357)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
The College Opportunity Fund is first-of-its-kind legislation designed to restructure Colorado higher education finance and state regulatory oversight. Beginning in fall 2005, state funding for higher education will go directly to students in the form of stipends and to colleges in fee-for-service contracts. Moreover, institutions of higher education will experience real reductions in state regulatory oversight in return for agreeing to fulfill terms outlined in institutional performance contracts. These sweeping changes have received national and international attention. Come discuss how these changes are intended to improve higher education quality and accountability.

Facilitator:
Matt Gianneschi, chief academic officer, Colorado Commission on Higher Education



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 8 – The Importance of Mobility to the Recruitment and Retention of Quality Teachers (session #358)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
The lack of reciprocity in licensing, restrictions on pension portability and the unwillingness or inability of most districts to pay teachers for accrued experience discourage veteran teachers from seeking teaching opportunities in other districts or states. These barriers create problems for experienced teachers whose families relocate or who wish to take advantage of market opportunities. As a result, good teachers leave the profession prematurely. Similarly, talented individuals are discouraged from considering teaching as a career. This applies both to college students preparing to start their careers and to the skilled workforce looking for mid-career changes.

Facilitator:
Virginia Pilato, director of certification and accreditation, Maryland State Department of Education, and president, National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 9 – High School Reform: What States are Doing (session #359)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
High schools are facing increased pressure to improve graduation rates and students' preparation for post-diploma education and work. States undertaking high school reform most likely will address numerous areas, including curriculum and standards, assessment, student support and remediation, and postsecondary alignment and access. Come learn what policies can enhance student engagement and achievement in each of these areas, and which states are taking which approaches.

Facilitator:
Jennifer Dounay, policy analyst (information management and ECS Clearinghouse), Education Commission of the States



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 10 – Partnership for 21st Century Skills (session #360)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
A number of education organizations and international corporations have created the Partnership for 21st Century Skills to ensure American students leave school with the skills necessary to thrive in this century. All students today must have high levels of competency in communications, analysis, collaboration, technology and problem solving, as well as deep understanding of the multicultural global community in which they live. As accountability systems are set up to measure what is of value in contemporary life, the Partnership is working to assist state policymakers implement approaches that will prepare students meet the civic and economic challenges of today's world.

Facilitator:
Barbara Stein, senior policy analyst, National Education Association



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 11 – Leading for Change in Tough Times: Maintaining a Focus on Citizenship Education and Service-Learning (session #361)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
Looking for a chance to talk about the importance of vision, leadership and the civic mission of education? Interested in a pedagogy that can help engage students in school while serving their community? Join a discussion of the elements of leadership for change, based on the experience of educators nationwide, as expressed in the ECS document Learning That Lasts. This resource, along with service-learning and citizenship education strategies and examples from districts across the country, will be shared.

Facilitator:
Jennifer Piscatelli, policy analyst (service-learning and citizenship education), Education Commission of the States



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 12 – Implementing NCLB: Sharing Challenges and Lessons Learned (session #362)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
Come share how your state has dealt with issues generated by or related to the No Child Left Behind Act. What's been the most challenging concern for your state, and how was it solved? What's working well in your state that you would like to share with others?

Facilitator:
Kathy Christie, vice president of information management and ECS Clearinghouse, Education Commission of the States



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 13 – Preparing Every Student for College and Career Success: How an Expanded AP Program Raises Standards and Achievement for All Students (session #363)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
Florida, Texas, California, Virginia, Arkansas and many other states have expanded access to Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Specific strategies include increasing the rigor of middle school courses, increasing the quality and intensity of teacher training in grades 6-12, using AP Vertical Teams to align the grades 6-12 curriculum, and using AP Potential as a tool to identify more prospective AP students. Participants will be encouraged to discuss their own strategies for increasing rigor and providing support for all students in these more challenging courses.

Facilitators:
Kathy Smith, principal, Cherry Creek High School; and Kenneth Woods, chief, Higher Education Services, The College Board



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 14 – Pay for Performance and Redesigning Teacher Pay Policies (session #364)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
Diversifying the way teachers are paid – and in particular, paying teachers on some measure of performance – is gaining support as a possible vehicle to improve the quality of teaching, increase accountability, increase student achievement, and attract and retain quality teachers where they are needed most. Schools, districts and states are experimenting more than ever before with individual performance pay based on standards-based teacher evaluation scores, school-based awards related to student-performance gains, market incentives and pay for more professional development.

Facilitators:
Tricia Coulter, director, ECS teaching quality and leadership institute; and
Josh Greenman, director of strategy and communications, The Teaching Commission



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 15 – The ACME Network: Using Technology To Link Experts and Students (session #365)
Cyber Cafe, Tower Court A, Second Floor, Tower Building
ACME Animation On-Air is an interactive network that connects students to professional sources and field experts in the world of animation. Videoconferencing is used to bring together art students from middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities with top animators from Disney, DreamWorks, Pixar, Warner Bros., Sony and boutique studios. Students are offered a variety of challenging learning experiences critiqued and supported by animation experts. ACME staff weave together the challenging curriculum to ensure students meet state and national art standards. (This session will be held in the Cyber Cafe located in Tower Court A, Second Floor, Tower Building.)

Facilitator:
Dave Master, curriculum director, ACME Network



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 16 – What Americans Expect of High Schools (session #366)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
The Educational Testing Service's (ETS) fifth annual national survey in the Americans Speak series examines public attitudes about high school reform. The survey reveals what parents, educators and taxpayers expect a high school education to deliver, and how well they think our schools are preparing students to compete and succeed in a global economy. What do Americans think? How should political leaders respond?

Facilitator:
Les Francis, vice president of communications and public affairs, ETS



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 17 – Keeping the Arts Strong in Schools: What States Are Doing (session #367)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
The arts in education are typically viewed as extraneous to achieving state and school education goals. But a growing body of evidence suggests the arts may be an effective means to close achievement gaps, lower dropout rates, and prepare students for college and the workforce. Find out how states -- and districts -- are making the arts an essential and integral part of students' education.

Facilitator:
Mary Fulton, policy analyst (school finance and arts in education), Education Commission of the States



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 18 – High Expectations for All: How One School District Is Closing the Achievement Gap (session #368)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
The Fountain-Ft. Carson school district in Colorado is using a systemic approach to raising student achievement and closing the achievement gap. This approach to school effectiveness includes actions/strategies in each of three areas: philosophy, processes and implementation. Expect an interactive discussion among participants about strategies on curriculum alignment, benchmark implementation, leadership, improving teaching and learning, and data analysis.

Facilitator:
Dwight Jones, superintendent, Fountain-Ft. Carson School District, and ECS commissioner



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 19 – Institutional Autonomy and the Public Good: Higher Education Restructuring in Virginia (session #369)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
Virginia's 2005 General Assembly approved legislation that grants colleges and universities autonomy in such areas as human resources, procurement and construction. The autonomy comes with commitments by the institutions to address state priorities for access, affordability, academic programs, research, economic development and improvement of K-12 student achievement. Join members of the governor’s office and institutional representatives in a discussion about how this new relationship benefits the state and the institutions, as well as students and parents.

Facilitator:
Peter Blake, deputy secretary of education, Office of Governor Mark R. Warner

Other Participants Include:
H. Lane Kneedler, partner, Reed Smith LLP; and C. Maureen Stinger, associate, Reed Smith LLP



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 20 – What We Know and Need To Know about Charter School Performance and Impacts (session #370)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
Proponents and opponents seize upon any charter school research that supports their perspectives. But, rarely do policymakers get an objective view of what new research is telling us, and what we still need to know more about. This roundtable will assess and present some new research on charter performance, parent information, parent satisfaction and other key issues.

Facilitator:
Paul Teske, Graduate School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado, Denver



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 21 – What Are Good Formative Tests, and How Should They Be Used? (session #371)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
Formative assessments are measurement tools used by teachers to assess student understanding of topics and skills currently being taught. These assessments include classroom quizzes, worksheets, homework and observations of class work. Externally produced tests such as item banks may be used for formative testing if the test items can be selected to cover the content currently being taught. Come to this roundtable to learn how to use formative assessments and how they differ from other types of tests currently being used in schools.

Facilitators:
Jane Armstrong, senior policy advisor, Education Commission of the States; and Stuart Kahl, president, Measured Progress



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 22 – Changing Governance To Improve Schools: Teacher Professional Partnerships (session #372)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
In Milwaukee and some schools in Minnesota, teachers are organizing schools into professional partnerships that have the responsibility and authority to ensure student success. These partnerships decide school operating practices, make work assignments, conduct teaching and learning aligned to the district's standards and set their own compensation. Teachers may remain employees of the district or be "leased" to partnership schools by the district. Rather than school boards, these partnerships have school councils. Learn how this new model works to improve schools and student learning.

Facilitator:
Ted Kolderie, senior associate, Center for Policy Studies



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 23 – Preparing Urban Students for Success in College: The Philadelphia Story (session #373)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
A new college-prep curriculum is being used in Philadelphia to help raise student achievement and better prepare students to get into college and do well once they get there. In 2000, only about one-fourth of incoming high school freshmen made it to graduation and into their first year of college. A new managed instructional system has been designed that includes tightly aligned curriculum materials, professional development for teachers and regular diagnostic tests for students. Learn how this new instructional system is working and what promise it holds for ensuring student success.

Facilitators:
Creg Williams, superintendent, St. Louis Public Schools and former deputy chief academic officer, Philadelphia Public Schools; and Seppy Basili, senior vice president, Kaplan K12 Learning Services



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 24 – Accountability for Better Results: A National Imperative for Higher Education (session #374)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
Come discuss the report from the National Commission on Accountability in Higher Education that challenges policymakers and educators to shoulder their share of accountability in a better system of accountability. This fresh approach provides valid and dependable information to monitor results, target problems and mobilize the will, resources and creativity to improve performance. The National Commission recommends key roles for state education leaders to ensure accountability for a national agenda for higher education.

Facilitators:
Paul E. Lingenfelter, executive director, State Higher Education Executive Officers; and Tad Perry, executive director, South Dakota Board of Regents



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 25 – A New Path for No Child Left Behind (session #375)
Under U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, the U.S. Department of Education has defined a new flexibility initiative regarding the No Child Left Behind Act. This roundtable discussion will outline how states that show results and follow the "bright line" principles in the act will be eligible for new tools – additional flexibility – to help them meet the goal of getting every child to grade level by 2013-14.

Facilitator:
Alan Endicott, special assistant for regional services, Office of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs, U.S. Department of Education



 
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