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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 1 – Finance 101: The Basics of School Finance (session #356)
Garden Court, 1st Floor
From property taxes to state funding formulas, this roundtable will discuss the nuts and bolts of school finance and provide participants access to the experts. This session will be valuable to those new to state education finance and will provide a look at the latest issues and innovations in school funding.

Facilitators:
John L. Myers, partner, Augenblick, Palaich and Associates, Inc.



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 3 – Powerful Partnerships for Closing Achievement Gaps (session #358)
Garden Court, 1st Floor
At the core of the current movement to close achievement gaps for minority students and low-income students is the explicit understanding that parents, students, educators and policymakers must be engaged in the work of increasing student success from pre-K through postsecondary education. One difficult challenge is to get all the stakeholders at the table to collaborate on solutions. Come learn about one of the nation's longest running partnerships dedicated to the academic achievement of minority students and low-income students and discuss the challenges and solutions to developing sound policy and programs for these students populations.

Facilitators:
Carlos Mariani-Rosa, Minnesota House of Representatives and executive director of the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership, Inc.
Jennifer Godinez, associate director, Minnesota Minority Education Partnership, Inc



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 4 - Value-Added Analysis 101 (session #359)
Garden Court, 1st Floor
Battelle for Kids, a nonprofit organization committed to enhancing student learning by bringing clarity to school improvement, will share information about a 105-district, value-added initiative in Ohio, known as Project SOAR (Schools' Online Assessment Reports). SOAR is based on the value-added methodology of Dr. William Sanders and is one of the largest value-added initiatives in the United States. Battelle for Kids will provide a conceptual understanding of the methodology, share Ohio's implementation story, and address how value-added information connects with school improvement efforts.
Facilitator:
Jim Mahoney, executive director, Battelle for Kids



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 5 – Latino Student College Choices (session #360)
Garden Court, 1st Floor
Increasing Latino student success in higher education is critical to sustaining the U.S. talent base for a strong society and a thriving economy. To help address this need, Excelencia in Education is systematically reviewing critical issues affecting higher education and will release later this year, A Closer Look at Latino College Students' Choices. Funded by the Ford Foundation, this report will examine the patterns of admissions, financial aid and enrollment for selective Latino college students using both national quantitative data and qualitative data from focus groups and interviews with current Latino students and recent graduates. Please join us for a discussion of the preliminary findings that build on Excelencia's previously published works: Latino Student Success at Hispanics Serving Institutions (2002) and How Latino Students Pay for College (2006 in partnership with the Institute for Higher Education Policy). Roundtable participants will receive a pre-publication copy of the brief.

Facilitators:
Sarita E. Brown, president, Excelencia in Education
Deborah Santiago, vice president for Policy and Research, Excelencia in Education



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 6 – Involving Students in Policymaking (session #361)
Garden Court, 1st Floor
School, district and state leaders realize the benefit of authentic, meaningful learning experiences for students of all ages. Districts and states across the country are engaging young people in policy decisions at the school, school board and state levels to both develop better policies and to provide students with experience participating in our democratic processes. Join this discussion around the benefits and challenges of involving students in policymaking.

Facilitator:
Tiffani Lennon, assistant policy analyst, National Center on Service Learning and Citizenship, Education Commission of the States



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 7 – Educational Technology (session #362)
Garden Court, 1st Floor
Technology provides the means to bridge the divided structures of education, to use resources more efficiently and effectively, and to recognize and adapt more quickly to changing needs, trends and demands. It also provides the means not just to repackage current educational models in digital form, but to develop new and better models of teaching and learning; not just to deliver education at a distance, but to transform the process and experience of learning itself. This discussion will focus on the psychological, organizational, political and cultural barriers to employing new technologies.

Facilitator:
Nancy Sturm, education technology advisor to the governor, West Virginia Office of Technology; ECS Commissioner

Corporate Sponsors:
CELT and PLATO Learning



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 8 – The Data Quality Campaign (session #363)
Garden Court, 1st Floor
Come learn about the Data Quality Campaign and discuss how you can play a role in your state to build and use longitudinal data systems to improve student achievement. The DQC is a national, collaborative effort to encourage and support state policymakers to improve the collection, availability and use of high-quality education data; and implement state longitudinal data systems to improve student achievement. The campaign provides tools and resources that states can use as they develop quality longitudinal data systems, and will serve as a national forum for reducing duplication of effort and promoting greater coordination and consensus among like-minded organizations.

Facilitator: Aimee R. Guidera, director, Data Quality Campaign, National Center for Educational Accountability



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 9 – Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Reauthorization (session #364)
Garden Court, 1st Floor
As Congress continues its work on renewing the No Child Left Behind Act, please join Mike Hudson, president and CEO of the National Center for Educational Accountability, for a discussion of the issues state and federal education officials and advocates hope to address during the reauthorization.

Facilitator: Susan Bonesteel, director of State Services, National Center for Educational Accountability



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 10 – Full-Day Kindergarten – What's Happening Now? (session #365)
Garden Court, 1st Floor
One year after the release of the ECS report, Full-day Kindergarten: A Study of State Policies in the United States, many states and districts continue to grapple with the challenges of offering full-day kindergarten. Come hear the latest research on the impact of full-day kindergarten and its efficacy as a strategy to close the achievement gap, and learn about what states are doing to implement or expand full-day kindergarten programming.

Facilitators:
Mimi Howard, Early Learning program director, Education Commission of the States
Becky Hill, education policy advisor, Office of the Governor, Arizona



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 11 - Testing the MetLife Leadership Toolkit: How Can You Increase the Capacity of District Leadership? (session #366)
Cyber Cafe, Bloomington Room, 2nd Floor
This toolkit will provide the information policymakers need to increase leadership capacity in states and districts. Through a focus group of ECS constituents, this session will highlight what we have learned from four exemplary leadership case studies conducted this year.

Facilitators:
Katy Anthes, partner, The Third Mile Group; and Arika Long, partner, The Third Mile Group



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 12 - Trends and Emerging Issues in High School Policymaking (session #367)
Garden Court, 1st Floor
Since early 2005 ECS has been researching state policies in numerous areas of high school reform, including: graduation requirements and their alignment with postsecondary entrance requirements, college-and work-ready standards, individual student graduation plans, P-16 councils, assessment, accountability, data systems and more. Come find out what trends are emerging in state policymaking in these and other areas, and learn about ECS' work in the field of high school reform.

Facilitator: Jennifer Dounay, policy analyst, Education Commission of the States



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 13 – Building Integrated Education-to-Workforce Systems (session #368)
Garden Court, 1st Floor
Creating greater linkages between education policy and workforce development policy requires greater collaboration and communication among agencies and stakeholders who often do not engage one another in substantive policy development and program coordination. The Midwest Higher Education Compact has begun a three-year strategy in each of its partner states to create roundtables of education, business, economic development and government leaders to explore how to create a more seamless transition from education to the workforce for their residents. The session will discuss the project and engage attendees on how to create stronger alignment between state education and workforce development efforts.

Facilitator:
Christopher Rasmussen, president, Midwest Higher Education Compact



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 14 – Policies and Assessments in Arts and Citizenship Education (session #369)
Garden Court, 1st Floor
Can student competencies in the arts and citizenship education be effectively assessed? Join this discussion of assessment tools and methodologies in the arts and citizenship education, and the policy infrastructure and resources needed to support district or statewide assessment.

Facilitator: Susan Vermeer-Lopez, Arts in Education program director, Education Commission of the States



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 15 – College Financial Aid in a Time of Reduced State Support and Rising Tuitions (session #370)
Garden Court, 1st Floor
At a time when there is a renewed urgency to increase access to and success in higher education, many states are faced with declining resources for higher education. Will limited public dollars be targeted at students who are the most economically disadvantaged at the expense of middle-income families? Or will financial aid be a combination of need- and merit-based strategies that intend to serve those students who have the highest potential for success? The session will explore what the next generation of financial aid will need to look like to serve a changing student population.

Facilitator:
Cheryl Blanco, senior program director, policy analysis and research, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 16 – The Cost of Teacher Turnover: Results from a Study by the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future (NCTAF) (session #371)
Garden Court, 1st Floor
Teacher turnover is receiving increased attention at the local, state and national levels with the result that policymakers are beginning to understand and act upon the need to retain high-quality teachers. With reliable data on costs and turnover at the district level, policymakers can identify problem areas, implement retention strategies and measure the effectiveness of these strategies. NCTAF has made significant progress helping five districts collect data on turnover and its costs, and believes that if school districts had the ability to track and control these costs, they would be able to recoup significant resources that could be redirected to quality teacher induction, retention and professional development strategies. This session will review the findings of this work.

Facilitator:
Tom Carroll, president, National Commission on Teaching and America's Future



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 17 – Engaging Professional Schools in School Reform (session #372)
Garden Court, 1st Floor
This roundtable introduces an innovative model that goes beyond P-16 to P-20 to engage professional schools in the work of school reform, particularly around issues of engagement, academic rigor and aspirations. It reviews a continuum of approaches with participants encouraged to share their work as well. Illustrations will be drawn from current work of the national consortium of law school teams and include the University of New Mexico medical and law schools’ work with ENLACE grades 6-16, the University of the Pacific’s law, education and liberal arts schools with a law-themed high school, and others.

Facilitator:
Sarah Redfield, professor, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law; ECS Commissioner, Maine



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 18 – Aligning Accreditation, Accountability and Improvement Initiatives: Partnership Opportunities Between SEAs and K-12 Accrediting Commissions (session #373)
Garden Court, 1st Floor
Fiscal realities challenge state policymakers to leverage and align existing resources to meet/exceed NCLB and state accountability requirements. Toward that end, growing numbers of states are forging partnerships with the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). The two accrediting organizations have recently unified to provide accreditation and school improvement services to schools and districts across 30 states. This session will highlight how states are partnering with NCA CASI and SACS CASI to support, enhance and align accreditation, accountability and improvement initiatives to benefit districts, schools and ultimately students.

Facilitator:
Peggy Siegel, director of strategic alliances, NCA CASI and SACS CASI



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 19 – Maximizing Cost Savings and Efficiency in Higher Education (session #374)
Garden Court, 1st Floor
In times of limited public resources for education, colleges and universities must find ways to stretch their dollars as far as they can. The Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) has become a national leader in creating collective purchasing networks for telecom and computer technology, property and casualty insurance, and office products that have resulted in tremendous cost savings for participating institutions, school districts, and municipal governments. This roundtable will discuss the success of MHEC's cost savings initiatives and provide insights into how institutions can work together to create similar networks for themselves.

Facilitator:
Rob Trembath, director of cost savings initiatives and legal counsel, Midwestern Higher Education Compact



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 20 – Engaging All Students in the Life and Work of High Schools: Data from the 2006 High School Survey of Student Engagement (HSSSE) (session #375)
Garden Court, 1st Floor
Understanding the levels and dimensions of students' engagement in the life and work of a school is critical to improving learning, raising achievement, and creating a positive environment for effective teaching and learning. The High School Survey of Student Engagement, administered by the Center for Evaluation & Education Policy at Indiana University, is a project designed to help high schools explore, understand and strengthen student engagement through research and professional development. In this roundtable session, we will examine the data from the 2006 survey to tackle central questions related to student engagement and school culture: What does student engagement mean in high schools? In what ways and to what degree do students engage in the life and work of high schools? What are the connections between important student variables – e.g., race, gender, academic track – and the level and dimensions of student engagement? What roles do teachers, administrators, and school structures play in engaging or "disengaging" students?

Facilitator: Ethan Yazzie-Mintz, project director, High School Survey of Student Engagement, Center for Evaluation & Education Policy, Indiana University.



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 21 – Universal Pre-K – The Illinois Experience (session #376)
Garden Court, 1st Floor
More and more states are considering the benefits of pre-kindergarten for all children. Known as universal pre-K (UPK), this voluntary program has primarily been available to 4-year-olds. This year, with strong support from Governor Rod Blagoivich, Illinois passed landmark legislation making pre-K available to all 3- and 4-year-olds in the state. Please join two veterans of this effort to hear about the program's development and operation as well as the political process that helped make the program a reality.

Facilitators:
Brenda Holmes, member, Illinois State Board of Education; ECS Commissioner; member ECS Steering Committee
Kay Henderson, division administrator of early childhood education, Illinois State Board of Education



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 22 – State Scholars Initiative (session #377)
Garden Court, 1st Floor
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, the State Scholars Initiative (SSI) is a national program that works to motivate students to complete a rigorous course of study in high school. This roundtable will discuss implementation progress in State Scholars states and connect these efforts to the new federally funded Academic Competitiveness Grants.

Facilitator:
Terese Rainwater, project director, State Scholars Initiative, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 23 – Targeting Teacher Attrition in Large Urban Settings: Lessons Learned from NYC (session #378)
Garden Court, 1st Floor
Teacher attrition has emerged as one of the most pervasive education challenges in our nation. The New Teacher Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz has developed an evidence-based, replicable induction program that addresses new teacher needs, improves teacher quality and stems teacher turnover. The Center has recently partnered with NYC public schools in one of the largest, most aggressive overhauls of new teacher support in the country. This session will discuss the lessons learned through this effort and will explore strategies that state policy makers and urban district leaders can take with them to use in their regions.

Facilitators:
Ellen Moir, executive director, New Teacher Center, University of California, Santa Cruz
Dara Barlin, policy analyst, New Teacher Center, University of California, Santa Cruz



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 25 – State Policy Solutions to Increasing Higher Education Success for Women and Minorities (session #380)
Garden Court, 1st Floor
Women and minority access to and retention within institutions of higher education are issues of increasing importance to state and federal policymakers. While the creation of new employment and economic opportunities from postsecondary education demonstrates the clear benefits of higher education, numerous barriers continue to hinder the access of many. Additionally, students' persistence toward a degree or certificate is an essential component of postsecondary educational opportunity. This topic of postsecondary retention and success is one of the least studied components of higher education; given the wide variance in student goals, enrollment patterns and employment outcomes, it is necessary to consider the variety of impacts on completion rates. Women In Government’s Access to Higher Education Policy Research Center is dedicated to identifying policy issues, gathering research data and information, and providing a centralized clearinghouse for state legislators on ways to increase access to higher education for women and minorities. This roundtable session will discuss the role of state policymakers and engage attendees on how states and institutions can improve access to postsecondary education programs.

Facilitator:
Neva Walker, representative, Minnesota State House of Representatives; state director for Women In Government



 
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