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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


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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Plenary Dialogue Breakout: State Student Information Systems and Their Implications for K-12 Schools (session #355)
This facilitated discussion provides an opportunity to discuss more deeply the implications of the student unit record plenary session, but particularly for the K-12 level. The facilitated discussion format engages participants in discussion on specific policy issues and questions such as, how can state data systems allow for interstate collaboration and coordination? Aimee Guidera (Data Quality Campaign) will be available to offer insights.



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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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


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Thursday, July 12, 2007

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.



PARTICIPANTS

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


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


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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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


 
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