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Thursday, July 13, 2006

7:00 AM -- 5:30 PM
National Forum Registration Desk (session #400)
Grand Ballroom Center & West Foyer, 2nd Floor


7:00 AM -- 5:30 PM
Media Office (session #401)
Atrium 3, 2nd Floor


7:00 AM -- 5:30 PM
National Forum Cyber Cafe (session #405)
Bloomington Room, 2nd Floor


8:00 AM -- 9:30 AM
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Chairman's Breakfast: A Conversation With Governors About The Challenges Of Education Reform (session #410)
Grand Ballroom Center and West, 2nd Floor
During this event, Arkansas Governor and ECS Chairman Mike Huckabee will present the Chairman's Award to Neil Portnow, Recording Academy president.

Presentation: A Conversation with Governors about the Challenges of Education Reform

Former ECS Chairman Roy Barnes will lead a discussion with ECS Chairman Mike Huckabee and ECS Chairman-elect Kathleen Sebelius about the challenges governors face as they pursue education reform. Barnes is the co-chairman of a nonpartisan, independent commission examining the impact of the No Child Left Behind law. He will ask Governors Huckabee and Sebelius about the challenges they face in continuing to implement the law and changes they deem necessary for the law to achieve its intended results. They will also discuss how governors balance state education needs with the other demanding public policy issues they face as they govern.



9:30 AM -- 9:45 AM
Break (session #411)
Grand Ballroom Center & West Foyer, 2nd Floor


9:45 AM -- 11:30 AM
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Evolution, Intelligent Design and the First Amendment (session #415)
Atrium 7, 2nd Floor
Efforts to include “intelligent design” in the public school curriculum have divided states and communities across the nation. What can policymakers do to address this conflict under the First Amendment? This session will examine the current state of the law, and explore the constitutional and educational issues surrounding the teaching of intelligent design in a public school. Is it possible for schools to teach this controversial subject matter? If so, how should it be done?



9:45 AM -- 11:30 AM
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Easing the Transition from High School to Community College (session #416)
Atrium 4, 2nd Floor
Community colleges traditionally have been the primary access point into higher education for low-income or first-generation students. While an important role for community colleges is to provide remediation to students lacking key skills and knowledge, far too few of these remedial students ever complete a higher education program. Partnerships between high schools and community colleges are one key strategy for preparing prospective postsecondary students. These partnerships have the potential to align curriculum, provide information about the expectations of college, and offer support for students as they prepare academically and socially for education and training beyond high school. This session hopes to answer the question: How can high schools and community colleges effectively work together to increase college success?



9:45 AM -- 11:30 AM
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Are We Using Value-added Assessment to its Greatest Potential? (session #417)
Atrium 1, 2nd Floor
"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 and assess teacher effectiveness. However, there is a question as to whether these types of assessment systems are being used to their fullest potential for teacher quality. This session will explore the use of value-added assessment as a powerful diagnostic tool for measuring the effect of pedagogy, curricula and professional development on student achievement, and its potential for providing a fair and accurate foundation on which to build a new system of accountability.



9:45 AM -- 11:30 AM
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Educating Native American, Alaskan and Hawaiian Students (session #418)
Atrium 8, 2nd Floor
Many states struggle with appropriate education strategies for native student achievement. This session will address the following questions: What are the current trends in native student achievement? How can state policies increase native student achievement? What pedagogies lead to increased student education aspirations and academic proficiency? What roles should the community play in motivating and educating native students? At this session panelists will share successful strategies to motivate and educate native students while ensuring cultural relevance, engaging the community and employing effective pedagogies.



9:45 AM -- 11:30 AM
Higher Education, Workforce Development and Global Competitiveness: What's the Relationship? (session #419)
Edina Room, 2nd Floor
Global competitiveness has created an interesting frame for examining the current state of higher education. While there has always been a connection between the economic vitality of states and their higher education institutions, the stakes have been raised as demand for highly skilled workers rises within a knowledge-based, global economy. Higher education has often been criticized for not being responsive to the rapid changes occurring in the marketplace, but many institutions have proven to be innovative through the creation of strong partnerships with business at the local, regional and international levels. This session will look at the “emerging policy triangle” of economic development, workforce development and higher education, and its implications for states and institutions. The session also will feature examples of business/higher education partnerships that have contributed to the economic competitiveness of their states.



9:45 AM -- 12:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open (session #412)
Veranda Ballroom, 2nd Floor


9:45 AM -- 11:30 AM
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Creating Longitudinal Data Systems To Improve Policymaking and Student Achievement (session #420)
Atrium 6, 2nd Floor
The Data Quality Campaign is a national collaborative effort to encourage policymakers to implement state longitudinal data systems to improve student achievement. Come learn how some states have successfully developed, implemented and used such a longitudinal data system to develop and refine state policies that are designed to support student achievement.



12:00 PM -- 1:30 PM
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Plenary Luncheon: National Curriculum -- The Elephant in the Room (session #425)
Grand Ballroom Center and West, 2nd Floor
During this session, Arkansas Governor and ECS Chairman Mike Huckabee will present the Frank Newman Award for State Innovation to Kentucky. Secretary of Education Virginia Fox will accept the award.

Presentation: National Curriculum – The Elephant in the Room

The clarion cry for the United States to look better on international assessments raises the issue of whether states should agree to a common set of standards and a common curriculum. While a national curriculum or national standards appear to be common within the other countries that participate in international assessments, these terms quickly provoke serious discussions in the states. Leaders with deep knowledge of fundamental state-level beliefs and culture will discuss the issues related to national standards, national goals and national assessment. The elephant will be in the room, and we will be talking about it.



1:30 PM -- 1:45 PM
Break (session #426)
Grand Ballroom Center & West Foyer, 2nd Floor


1:45 PM -- 3:45 PM
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Report and Recommendations of the Governor's Commission on the Arts in Education: A Call to Action (session #432)
Edina Room, 2nd Floor
As part of his two-year chairmanship of ECS, Governor Mike Huckabee created and chaired the Commission on the Arts in Education. This session will feature the report issued by the Commission, including the underlying principles for the governor’s focus on the arts in education, current research, policy examples and recommendations with a call to action. Join Arts in Education Commission members for a report of their work and a discussion on what needs to be done to ensure the arts are a part of the curriculum for all students.



1:45 PM -- 3:45 PM
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State School Funding – What is Adequate? (session #430)
Atrium 4, 2nd Floor
Policymakers in many states are being forced to examine if their education funding systems are "adequate." This question of adequacy is often the result of a lawsuit or sometimes in response to higher state or federal education standards that schools and students are required to meet. Is this new focus on school funding adequacy good news for schools, states and students? A panel of national experts will discuss this issue.



1:45 PM -- 3:45 PM
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The State and District Role in Turning Around Low-Performing Schools (session #431)
Atrium 7, 2nd Floor
States and districts have taken different approaches to assisting low-performing schools (or those not meeting adequate yearly progress). In some cases, contractors have been hired to work in schools, others have set up assistance teams in state education agencies, and some states are relying on leadership academies to train turn-around teams or are assigning the responsibility to districts. State leaders will showcase what is working in their different state and district approaches and the challenges ahead.



1:45 PM -- 3:45 PM
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Adult Education: The Other Education Challenge (session #434)
Atrium 8, 2nd Floor
With so much attention being placed on the traditional education pipeline and its implications for U.S. competitiveness in a global economy, considerably less attention is being paid to the other end of the education spectrum: adult learners. Recent reports detail how high percentages of adults in certain demographic categories lack the basic skills required to participate in today’s workforce. Data also indicate that 73% of people enrolled in higher education are not the traditional, full-time 18-to-24-year-old student, suggesting that there is a tremendous need to adapt our education systems to serve the large number of adults seeking a postsecondary education. This session will feature information on the current challenges that many states face in terms of educating their adult populations and strategies for how more coordinated state efforts can have an impact on the economic competitiveness of states.



1:45 PM -- 3:45 PM
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Teacher Education and Community Colleges: A Revolutionary Innovation (session #435)
Atrium 6, 2nd Floor
As some states face a teacher shortage that could grow to approximately 2.5 million nationally by 2010, there has been momentum to expand and enhance the role of community colleges in teacher preparation. No longer used just for lower-division transfer courses, community colleges now offer baccalaureate degrees, post-baccalaureate degrees, 3+1 programs and alternative routes to teacher certification. Drawing from examples of each type of program, this session will discuss the impetus behind these programs, their strengths and challenges, the biggest barriers to success, and evidence of the impact these types of programs have on teacher education and supply.



1:45 PM -- 3:45 PM
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Developing Principals: Different Types of Principals for Different Types of Schools (session #433)
Atrium 1, 2nd Floor
A strategy for creating high-quality schools is to prepare principals using different approaches. This session will highlight work – funded by the MetLife Foundation – on how leaders are being prepared to become change agents through leadership academies and other nontraditional approaches. Panelists will reflect on who these modern leaders are in very different contextual settings than yesteryear, and will ask if traditional colleges of education can produce this new cadre of leadership.



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
ECS Commissioners Business Session Meeting (session #440)
Plaza 1, 1st Floor
Join your colleagues and represent your state at the annual business meeting of the commission. Each ECS commssioner is entitled to one vote on matters brought before the commission. Make yours count.



6:00 PM -- 7:00 PM
Reception (session #460)
Grand Ballroom Center & West Foyer, 2nd Floor


7:00 PM -- 8:45 PM
James Bryant Conant Award Banquet Dinner (session #470)
Grand Ballroom Center and West, 2nd Floor
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.

The 2006 National Forum on Education Policy will adjourn at the conclusion of the banquet.



 
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