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Thursday, July 12, 2007

7:00 AM -- 5:30 PM
Registration Desk (session #400)

7:00 AM -- 5:30 PM
Media Office (session #401)

7:00 AM -- 5:30 PM
Cyber Cafe (session #405)

7:30 AM -- 9:30 AM
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Chair's Breakfast: Great Teachers for Tomorrow (session #410)
The ability to educate all students is the key to our future internationally and domestically. Quality learning requires effective teachers and leaders working together in schools focused on student success. Every year, however, we lose too many teachers from our nation's classrooms due to dissatisfaction with working conditions in schools. This is a problem that can be changed through the work of dedicated state policymakers and education leaders. ECS' chair, Governor Kathleen Sebelius, has chosen the improvement and maintenance of teacher working conditions as the focus of her initiative, Great Teachers for Tomorrow, which is designed to provide state policymakers and education leaders with the tools, resources and opportunities they need to create and maintain the type of positive working conditions that will contribute to teacher retention and student success. This session will provide attendees with information on the Initiative and the opportunity to hear from the Kansas State Teacher of the Year about how this issue affects teachers and students in the classroom -- and how policymakers and education leaders can take action.


Josh Anderson, 2007 Kansas Teacher of the Year, Olathe Northwest High School, Kansas

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

9:30 AM -- 10:00 AM
Break (session #411)

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.


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.


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

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.


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.



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.


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?


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

11:30 AM -- 11:45 AM
Break (session #435)

11:45 AM -- 1:45 PM
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Plenary Lunch: Annual Discussion with Today's Education Governors (session #440)
Recent reports such as Education Week's Quality Counts, Achieve, Inc.'s American Diploma Project and the National Center for Higher Education and Public Policy's Measuring Up, have tracked state education policies and initiatives which are viewed as the building blocks to a more seamless education system from pre-K through postsecondary. These reports have developed various indicators for measuring student "readiness" as they transition from one stage to the next along the education pipeline. During this session, governors from four states will discuss the opportunities and challenges they face as they develop policies which intend to positively impact academic achievement from early learning through adult education.


Donald L. Carcieri, governor, Rhode Island; ECS commissioner

Jim Geringer, director, Public Sector Policy, Environmental Systems Research Institute; former governor, Wyoming

Edward G. Rendell, governor, Pennsylvania; ECS commissioner

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

1:45 PM -- 2:00 PM
Break (session #445)

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?


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?


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.


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.


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.


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

4:00 PM -- 5:30 PM
ECS Commissioners' Business Session (session #460)

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