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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

7:30 AM -- 10:00 AM
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Tough Choices, Tough Times: Does Our Education System Need To Be Rebuilt? (session #315)
The New Commission on Skills for the American Workforce makes the case for a wholesale redesign of the education system to meet the competitive challenges from countries whose residents will be better educated and willing to do the work of Americans at a much lower cost. The Commission offers a comprehensive set of recommendations to include redistributing education funding to pay for early childhood education, offering board exams in 10th grade to determine eligibility for higher education and shifting the burden for funding education completely to the state. This session will consider the Commission's ambitious vision and explore its viability among policymakers as a useful blueprint for increasing the educational achievement of Americans.


Tim Kaine, governor, Virginia; member, ECS Steering and Executive Committees

Scott Palmer, partner, Holland and Knight, LLP, District of Columbia

Jeanne Shaheen, director, Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Massachusetts; former governor of New Hampshire

Marc S. Tucker, president, National Center on Education and the Economy, District of Columbia

10:15 AM -- 12:00 PM
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Plenary Dialogue Breakout: Getting It Done - How to Institute Education Reform Politically and Philanthropically (session #331)
This facilitated discussion focuses on how the political and philanthropic process can effectively impact systemic change in education. The facilitated discussion format will focus on the levers, landmines and elephants in the room in education and how they can be addressed or utilized to create meaningful change. Scott Palmer (Holland & Knight) and Jeanne Shaheen (Harvard University) will be available to offer insights.

10:15 AM -- 12:00 PM
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Plenary Dialogue Breakout: Tough Choices, Tough Times: Moving From the Report to Results (session #330)
This facilitated discussion focuses on how the recommendations from Tough Choices, Tough Times can be implemented in states. The facilitated discussion format allows participants to ask further questions, deepen knowledge and raise state policy issues focused on political levers and landmines that the Tough Choices report will likely encounter as it is considered in states. Marc Tucker (National Center on Education and the Economy) will be available to offer insights.

12:00 PM -- 2:00 PM
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Plenary Lunch: Student Unit Records: New Elephant in the Room? (session #340)
Establishing a national student unit record database system would allow students – no matter how mobile – to be followed for research and accountability purposes from preschool through postsecondary education. Currently, 44 states assign (or plan to assign) unique student identifiers that allow this, at least at the K-12 level. But the identifiers are unique only within each state – not across states. What would happen to state data systems if unique IDs followed students both across state boundaries and across the K-12 and postsecondary divide? Is the sought-after access to student data for transfer, admissions and statewide analysis worth the tradeoffs? What are the implications for existing state data systems? What are the privacy issues?


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

Aimee R. Guidera, director, Data Quality Campaign, Minnesota

Hans L'Orange, vice president for research and information resources; and director, SHEEO/NCES Network, State Higher Education Executive Officers, Colorado

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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Plenary Dialogue Breakout: Postsecondary Issues with Student Unit Record Data Systems (session #356)
This facilitated discussion will concentrate on the postsecondary aspects of the student unit record session. The facilitated discussion format allows participants to ask further questions, deepen knowledge and raise issues that might impact state student information systems. Clifford Adelman (IHEP) and Hans L'Orange (SHEEO) will be available to offer insights.

7:00 PM -- 8:45 PM
James Bryant Conant Award Banquet (session #395)
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.


Gaston Caperton, president, The College Board, New York

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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.


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

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

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Friday, July 13, 2007

8:00 AM -- 12:30 PM
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Aligning P-16 Education (session #510)
This post-forum session will provide an opportunity for forum participants to learn and discuss how states are successfully aligning their education systems to ensure smooth transitions and student success.

8:00-8:10 a.m.

P-16 Partnerships in the States: An Overview
ECS will soon launch a database on state-level P-16 councils across the country. This short presentation will provide attendees information on the membership, mission, authority, supports and policy achievements of P-16 councils nationwide.

Perspectives on P-16 Work in the States
This highly interactive session will invite attendees to discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding four key areas of P-16 reform: early learning, high school, postsecondary and teaching quality. Attendees will share what their states are doing as well as the "inside baseball" of P-16 -- breaking down institutional barriers, buy-in and implementation issues, and how these have been or are being overcome.

P-16 -- From 30,000 Feet and the Ground Up
Panelists representing a national organization and a state P-16 council will provide their relative experiences in P-16: the national organization working with numerous diverse P-16 councils and the issues states are addressing; and the state P-16 council relating the experience of rolling up one's sleeves to do the hard work of P-16 reform.

Lunch and Wrap-Up Discussion
Bring on the cold cuts. Attendees will raise any last questions/comments, provide their response to the keynote panel, discuss "other" issues P-16 councils are or aren't addressing, and ask "what's next" -- what is the future of P-16 in the states, and what should states be doing about it now?


Jan S. Kettlewell, associate vice chancellor, Georgia P-16 Initiatives, University System of Georgia Board of Regents

Charles Lenth, senior associate, State Higher Education Executive Officers, Colorado

Susan Tave Zelman, superintendent of public instruction, Ohio Department of Education; ECS commissioner

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