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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

1:00 PM -- 3:30 PM
Tour Philadelphia's School of the Future (session #245)
Come take a tour of the state-of-the-art School of the Future. The school is the result of a unique collaboration between the Microsoft Corporation and the Philadelphia Public Schools to provide an innovative, technology-based learning environment for Philadelphia high school students. In addition to a tour of the facility, attendees will be able to interact with school staff and members of the team that helped make the school a reality.

3:30 PM -- 4:30 PM
Optimizing Your ECS Experience (session #250)
Learn how to optimize your experience with your Interstate Compact for Education. This session will help you understand your role in ECS, let you know what you can get from ECS, and introduce you to a new network of friends and colleagues.

5:30 PM -- 7:30 PM
Off-Site Welcome Reception (session #265)
Come join us to kick off the 2007 National Forum on Education Policy at the Academy of Natural Sciences. The Academy of Natural Sciences is America's oldest natural sciences museum. ECS will host a two-hour reception in the newly renovated Dinosaur Hall.

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

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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