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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

10:15 AM -- 12:00 PM
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State Success Stories in High School Reform (session #327)
High school reform, one of the most pressing issues in the education policy arena in recent years, is raising the same questions in states across the nation: What strategies are states using to keep high school students in school (or integrate them back into the system after dropping out)? What approaches are most successful in ensuring high school graduates are work- and college-ready? What obstacles or implementation issues have states faced in implementing high school reforms, and how did they overcome them? And, perhaps most importantly -- what does the research say on practices that best prepare students for the world after high school? Come to this session for answers to these questions, and more.



PARTICIPANTS

Clifford Adelman, senior associate, The Institute for Higher Education Policy, District of Columbia

Todd D. Flaherty, deputy commissioner, Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, State of Rhode Island

Dane Linn, director, Education Division, National Governors Association, District of Columbia

Lynn L. Lupold, high school redesign coordinator, Indiana Department of Education


10:15 AM -- 12:00 PM
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Student Engagement - Policy, Pedagogy and Partnerships (session #328)
There is evidence, over the past decades, that young Americans are not engaging in policymaking, legislative action and voting. However the past two elections have shown an upturn among 18-24-year-old voters, and teaching and learning strategies are showing favorable results in engaging youth in community improvement and development. This session will focus on specific strategies to assist policymakers and education leaders to authentically engage students in decisions and policies that impact them and their communities, and demonstrate effective ways schools can focus on their civic mission with positive impacts on student academic, social and career development.



PARTICIPANTS

Lyla B. Berg, vice-chair, House Education Committee, Hawaii House of Representatives

Douglas Finley, student, Georgetown University, District of Columbia

Trey Grayson, secretary of state, Commonwealth of Kentucky

L. Jay Lemons, president, Susquehanna University, Pennsylvania

Brenda Lilienthal Welburn, executive director, National Association of State Boards of Education, Virginia


10:15 AM -- 12:00 PM
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Understanding and Addressing the Equitable Teacher Distribution Challenge (session #329)
The promise of America's education system is to ensure all students meet their academic potential. However, many students in our most challenging schools do not have the high-quality teachers they need for this nation to keep that promise. The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality has been working with regional comprehensive centers, states and districts across the nation that are implementing various strategies to address the issue of inequitable distribution. This session will include a review of research on differences in resource allocation that contribute to this disparity and highlight a comprehensive state-level system established to address inequitable teacher distribution.



PARTICIPANTS

Betheny Gross, researcher, Center on Reinventing Public Education, University of Washington

 

Justin Minkel, 2007 arkansas teacher of the year, Jones Elementary School, Arkansas

Cortney Rowland, program associate, Teacher Quality, Learning Point Associates, Illinois

Wesley G. Williams II, director, Office of Educator Equity, Ohio Department of Education Center for the Teaching Profession


10:15 AM -- 12:00 PM
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Educating Today's Adult Workforce (session #325)
The driving force behind U.S. competitiveness in the global economy for the next 10 to 15 years are those individuals who are already in the workforce. Unfortunately, many states have not created aligned adult education systems that move individuals from adult basic education, through postsecondary education onto a career ladder. This session will present first-of-its-kind research tracking various adult education indicators in states to determine the extent that these systems are successfully educating adult students for the workforce. The session will explore the policy implications from the research and strategies for how states can better align their adult education systems.



PARTICIPANTS

Cheryl D. Blanco, vice president for lifelong learning policy and research, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, Illinois

Thomas Horgan, president & CEO, New Hampshire College and University Council; member, ECS Steering and National Forum Committees

Patrick Kelly, senior associate, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, Colorado

Charles McGrew, director of information and research, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education


10:15 AM -- 12:00 PM
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Accountability for Pre-K: The Role of Assessments (session #326)
As states have increased their investment in early childhood programs, policymakers are seeking evidence that their programs are producing tangible benefits -- in particular, in terms of helping children learn. The National Early Childhood Accountability Task Force, a 15-member panel of early childhood experts and policy leaders, chaired by Dr. Sharon Lynn Kagan, was convened in late 2004 to address the accountability/assessment issue. The task force was charged with providing recommendations to states on how to effectively and appropriately assess young children and early childhood programs -- and on ways to use assessment data to guide and motivate program improvement efforts. This session will summarize the recommendations of the Task Force's recently completed report and share a variety of examples state assessment, evaluation and program accountability initiatives.



PARTICIPANTS

Harriet Dichter, deputy secretary, Office of Child Development and Early Learning, Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Public Welfare

Sharon Lynn Kagan, Marx professor of early childhood and family policy, Teachers College, Columbia University, Connecticut

Thomas Schultz, project director, Early Education Accountability, PEW Charitable Trusts, Pennsylvania

 

Caroline Smith, policy associate, National Conference of State Legislatures, Colorado


2:15 PM -- 3:45 PM
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Student Engagement: Why Aren't We Listening? (session #354)
New survey results from Indiana University, Bloomington complement standardized test scores by providing data on the experiences that influence high school students' academic performance. The High School Survey of Student Engagement (HSSSE) -- administered in 110 high schools across 26 states identifies student behaviors and school characteristics that can be changed to enhance learning. Results have been used by principals and superintendents, but these results have not necessarily been given the level of attention needed from governors, legislators, state boards and state superintendents -- those key leaders who have the ability to address more broadly the important issues raised. This session will discuss the policy implications of the latest in student survey results.



PARTICIPANTS

Howard N. Lee, chairman, North Carolina State Board of Education; member, ECS Steering and Executive Committees

Glen Miller, manager, School Improvement and Instructional Support, Chesterfield County Public Schools, Virginia

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


2:15 PM -- 3:45 PM
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The Impact of School Finance Studies on State Policy (session #350)
In the past five years the majority of state school finance systems have been the subject of internal or external studies. This session will examine what impact, if any, these studies have had on shaping state policy.



PARTICIPANTS

Molly A. Hunter, managing director, National Access Network, Teachers College, New York

Rae Ann Kelsch, chairman, house education committee, North Dakota; member, ECS Steering Committee, ECS commissioner, ECS Executive Committee and ECS Nominating Committee

Lawrence O. Picus, professor, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California


2:15 PM -- 3:45 PM
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Providing a Solid Foundation for STEM Education: K-12 (session #351)
If the nation is to graduate more students with degrees in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, it is crucial that students in grades K-12 receive a solid preparation. What works for K-12 students? Panelists will discuss research, experience and proposed state actions.



PARTICIPANTS

Richard A. Duschl, professor, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University, New Jersey

Elizabeth Lodal, former principal, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Virginia; ECS commissioner

Jewel D. Scott, executive director, Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, Missouri; member, ECS Steering Committee


2:15 PM -- 3:45 PM
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Evaluating Teachers Based on What They Do (session #352)
The issue of teacher effectiveness is of increasing importance as the federal government decides the next step in qualifications and assessment of teacher quality. What systems are in place, however, to determine the effectiveness of a teacher, and how is that information used to improve his/her skills and abilities? The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality is looking into this issue and exploring systems states and districts have created and implemented for determining teacher effectiveness based on outcome measures including student achievement, teacher evaluation through observation and other strategies. This session will review and discuss these types of systems, the policy and practice ramifications of their implementation, and the importance of matching teachers to context and using these systems for formative, rather than summative, evaluation.



PARTICIPANTS

Julia Indalecio, TES specialist and entry year coordinator, Cincinnati Public Schools, Ohio

Thomas J. Kane, professor of education and economics, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Massachusetts


2:15 PM -- 3:45 PM
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Increasing College Readiness: Reinventing the Role of Postsecondary Education (session #353)
In a new pre-K through postsecondary education world, college readiness is no longer the strict purview of high schools. Postsecondary education institutions must be far more active and engaged in ensuring that students possess the skills they need to be successful in college. The old model of providing remedial education to students after they enroll at postsecondary institutions is proving to be both financially and politically unsustainable. As a result, postsecondary institutions must find more effective and efficient strategies for ensuring students are college ready. This session will look at how the Tennessee Board of Regents is using the highly regarded Program in Course Redesign system developed by the National Center for Academic Transformation, early assessment, dual enrollment and other early intervention strategies to improve college readiness at far less cost than the current system.



PARTICIPANTS

Houston D. Davis, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, Tennessee Board of Regents

Carolyn Jarmon, senior associate, National Center for Academic Transformation, Texas

Thomas C. Meredith, commissioner of higher education, Board of Trustees, Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning; ECS commissioner


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Thursday, July 12, 2007

10:00 AM -- 11:30 AM
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First Steps into the P-16 Education Pipeline: P-3 -- What it is and Why it's Important (session #425)
Creating a continuum of teaching and learning that spans the early childhood years through grade 3 is gaining the attention of policymakers as a viable strategy for addressing the "education flatline" and a persistent achievement gap. This session takes a two-pronged approach to addressing P-3 as the first phase of the education pipeline. David Lawrence will provide highlights of the Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK) initiative in Miami-Dade County, Florida where a P-3 approach is being implemented district-wide. Community leadership and strong public-private partnerships have helped drive the success of this effort and Lawrence will provide insight and information on how those partnerships have worked successfully to scale up a P-3 approach from pilot sites to an entire district. Kristie Kauerz will provide an overview of the research-based evidence supporting the viability of a P-3 appropach as well as present tangible examples of state policies that support the implementation of P-3 practices in districts and schools.



PARTICIPANTS

Kristie Kauerz, early childhood/P-3 policy director, Office of Lt. Governor Barbara O'Brien, Colorado

David Lawrence Jr., president, Early Childhood Initiative Foundation, Florida

Ann Reale, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care; ECS commissioner


10:00 AM -- 11:30 AM
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School Finance 101 (session #426)
This session is designed to provide participants with an overview of the current issues in school finance. The session will focus on the condition of state budgets, an update on school finance litigation and a review of states that have made major changes to their funding systems in the past year.



PARTICIPANTS

 

Michael Griffith, policy analyst, Education Commission of the States, Colorado

Lawrence O. Picus, professor, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California


10:00 AM -- 11:30 AM
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Transforming Education through Leadership, Policy and Practice - Mississippi's Mission (session #427)
Mississippi policymakers and education leaders designed a comprehensive K-12 education transformation as a result of the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This session will examine the rationale and strategies to increase student achievement and reduce the current dropout rate. The strategies include teacher quantity and quality, leader quality, curriculum and assessment, community engagement and capacity-building.



PARTICIPANTS

Hank M. Bounds, superintendent of education, Mississippi Department of Education; ECS commissioner

Michael Fernandez, vice president, Public Affairs, State Farm Insurance, Illinois

Gray Tollison, state senator, Mississippi


10:00 AM -- 11:30 AM
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Helping to STEM Brain Drain and Spur Economic Growth: How Best Can State Policymakers Work with the Business and Philanthropic Communities? (session #428)
Developing workers proficient in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects is crucial for the nation's future economic competitiveness. Recent years have seen much action in this arena by state policymakers and members of the business and philanthropic communities, with each striving to ensure the workforce of the future is adequately skilled. How best can the differing strengths of these stakeholders be utilized to achieve meaningful results in states?



PARTICIPANTS

Rodger W. Bybee, executive director, Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, Colorado

Dennis W. Cheek, vice president of education, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Missouri

Jay Cole, education policy advisor, Office of Governor Joe Manchin III, West Virginia; member, ECS Steering and Nominating Committees

Jewel D. Scott, executive director, Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, Missouri; member, ECS Steering Committee


10:00 AM -- 11:30 AM
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Improving Working Conditions for Teacher Retention and Student Success (session #429)
Teacher attrition is a costly problem for schools, both financially and in terms of lost student achievement through high teacher turnover. In order to effectively address this challenge, policymakers and practitioners must address the reasons behind it. Primary among these is dissatisfaction with the school working environment. ECS will be providing tools and resources on this issue through the initiative, Great Teacher for Tomorrow, chosen by our chair, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius. This session will review findings of surveys on teacher working conditions that have been completed in several states and will highlight how one district with extreme need for teachers is using these data to inform policy and practice. The session will also highlight findings from the MetLife Survey of the American Teacher series on working conditions.



PARTICIPANTS

Eric Hirsch, New Teacher Center at UC-Santa Cruz, North Carolina

George Ann Rice, associate superintendent (retired), Clark County School District, Nevada

Kathleen Sebelius, governor, State of Kansas; ECS chair; member, ECS Steering and Executive Committees


10:00 AM -- 11:30 AM
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P-16 Partnerships: Are They Achieving Results? (session #430)
P-16 councils have been one of the most pervasive education reforms which are intended to create a more seamless education system from preschool through postsecondary education. While most P-16 councils bring together the various constituent groups across the education spectrum, their structures and goals are often very different from state to state. This session will look at the phenomenon of P-16 councils and ask the question, Are P-16 councils achieving results? The discussion will focus on the various landmines and policy levers that P-16 councils are encountering as well as discuss best practices on how to effectively sustain effective collaboration among diverse education interests.



PARTICIPANTS

Laura E. Owens, secretary of the education cabinet, State of Kentucky; ECS commissioner

David P. Sokola, chairman, Senate Education Committee, Delaware; member, ECS Steering and Nominating Committees

Jack R. Warner, commissioner of higher education, Rhode Island Office of Higher Education


2:00 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Levers and Landmines of Restructuring Schools (session #450)
State policymakers are struggling with how to develop a common framework to guide corrective action and reconstitution. They frequently are challenged by: (1) the issues surrounding implementation; and (2) how, with limited resources, to broker the intense changes that are necessary in the lowest-performing schools. Policy is one of many levers, but without careful crafting, it can create compliance instead of real change. What do policymakers need to know about what have we learned from the research and other states?



PARTICIPANTS

Daniel L. Duke, professor and research director, Partnership for Leaders in Education, University of Virginia

Lauren Morando Rhim, senior consultant, Public Impact, Maryland

Bill O. Wagnon, chairman, Kansas State Board of Education; member, ECS Steering and Finance Committees


2:00 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Early College High Schools: Promise and Perils (session #451)
Early college high schools allow students to complete high school with a substantial number of credits toward an associate's degree. Though local high school/college partnerships have been in place for some time, states are beginning to get into the action. Can it really work, and what do policymakers need to know about the potential challenges of such programs?



PARTICIPANTS

Rasheed Brown, student, Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School, North Carolina

Nancy Taylor, policy officer, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, Ohio

Joel Vargas, senior project manager, Early College High School Initiative, Jobs for the Future, Massachusetts

Carolyn White, director, Learn and Earn, North Carolina New Schools Project


2:00 PM -- 3:30 PM
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NCLB: Gearing Up for Reauthorization (session #452)
States face several challenges to meet No Child Left Behind's (NCLB) current goals and the law's pending reauthorization could add more requirements, but also provide additional flexibility and support. Nearly every education organization, as well as the U.S. Department of Education, is weighing in on ways to revise the sweeping law. This session will identify the most critical aspects of the law that must be altered and/or emphasized to turn around low performing schools, improve individual student performance, and ensure all classrooms are taught by qualified, effective teachers. The conversation will incorporate ECS' synthesis of recommendations issued by national organizations to improve NCLB.



PARTICIPANTS

Dana K. Boyd, lead teacher, Dolphin Terrace Elementary School, Texas

Con Bunde, vice-chair, Finance Committee, Alaska State Senate; member, ECS Steering and Finance Committees

Douglas D. Christensen, commissioner of education, Nebraska Department of Education; member, ECS Steering and National Forum Committees


2:00 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Cutting to the Core: Identifying the Real Frustrations With Education (session #453)
You can't fix it until you know where it's broken. Lee Jenkins, author of Permission to Forget: And Nine Other Root Causes of America's Frustration with Education, will work with participants on improving skills related to identifying real problems -- those that lie beneath the ones we commonly see on the surface or seem to hear about from constituents. This is not a session aimed at coming up with solutions. It's about getting better at identifying each problem we're trying to solve.



PARTICIPANTS

Lee Jenkins, president, LtoJ Consulting Group, Inc., Arizona


2:00 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Changing Demographics, Changing Needs (session #454)
Many states are moving aggressively to address the rapidly changing demographics in their schools which find increasing numbers of students from low-income and culturally diverse backgrounds. The recognition by states that their future economic well-being is closely tied to the educational achievement of all their residents, regardless of background and circumstance, has been the impetus for broad and sometimes controversial education reform. This session will explore the different approaches states are taking to meet the needs of their changing student populations and whether these efforts will be sufficient to ensure educational opportunity for all their residents.



PARTICIPANTS

Veronica C. Garcia, secretary of education, New Mexico Public Education Department; ECS commissioner

Rob Lippincott, senior vice president, Education, Public Broadcasting Service, Virginia

Michael T. Nettles, vice president, ETS Policy Studies and Research Center, Educational Testing Service, New Jersey


 
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