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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

7:00 AM -- 5:30 PM
National Forum Registration Desk (session #200)

7:00 AM -- 5:30 PM
Media/Press Office (session #210)

7:00 AM -- 5:30 PM
Cyber Cafe (session #220)

7:30 AM -- 8:30 AM
Networking Breakfast Buffet (session #230)

8:30 AM -- 9:30 AM
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Opening Plenary Session (session #235)
Join U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings as she outlines progress and challenges in preparing students to succeed in our global knowledge economy. Secretary Spellings will discuss how the accountability movement in education is helping students and schools to improve, as well as ways in which policymakers and administrators can build on this progress to produce a competitive workforce for the future.


Margaret Spellings, Secretary of Education, U. S. Department of Education, District of Columbia

Phil Wilson, Secretary of State, Texas

9:30 AM -- 9:45 AM
AM Break (session #240)

9:45 AM -- 11:45 AM
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Exploring the Benefits and Challenges of Involving Students in Policymaking (session #241)
As more states and districts express an interest in engaging students in policymaking, this interactive session with students will examine why and how to infuse and sustain the youth voice in decision and policymaking processes. Student engagement policies and practices from states and districts will be explored in student-facilitated small group discussions, increasing participants’ knowledge and skills on engaging youth in policymaking. Participants will examine resources, benefits, challenges, landmines and strategies to authentically engage students in policymaking.


Hank M. Bounds, Superintendent of Education, Mississippi State Department of Education, Mississippi; ECS Commissioner

9:45 AM -- 11:45 AM
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The Postsecondary Challenge: Increasing Student Success, Ensuring Affordability and Maintaining Costs (session #242)
Many state policymakers have set ambitious goals to increase the production of college graduates and maintain college affordability during a time of limited state resources for colleges and universities. In addition, postsecondary institutions are stepping up their efforts to increase the percentage of students who graduate from their institutions. Unfortunately, these efforts are not always coordinated and in some cases, are working at cross-purposes. This session will explore the current challenges facing policymakers and postsecondary leaders as they attempt to increase the educational attainment of their citizens at a time of rising college costs and declining public resources.


Matt Gianneschi, Senior Policy Analyst, Office of the Governor, State of Colorado, Colorado

William E. Kirwan, Chancellor, University System of Maryland, Maryland

Raymund A. Paredes, Commissioner of Higher Education, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas; ECS Commissioner


Travis Reindl, Program Director, Jobs for the Future, Massachusetts

9:45 AM -- 11:45 AM
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Policy Levers You Can Promote on Monday (to reduce the achievement gap) (session #243)
This session’s goal is to flush out what policy components need to be in place to: · Add high-quality instructional time for the kids who need it most · Ensure access to relevant, high quality curriculum, instruction and supports.


Rosita Apodaca, Fellow, Institute for Learning, Texas

Andres Garcia, KIPP Alumni Association, Texas

Paul Reville, Chairperson, Massachusetts State Board of Education, Massachusetts

9:45 AM -- 11:45 AM
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Needed: More and Better K-12 Math and Science Teachers – Are America’s Universities Responding? (session #244)
The efforts and successes of two high profile national initiatives aggressively targeting the issue of recruiting and preparing more and better math and science teachers into the K-12 teaching profession - The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) Science and Math Teacher Imperative (SMTI) - will be the focus of this session. The esteemed panelists will offer a national view point of these progressive initiatives rounded out by on-the-ground perspectives to inform the audience of the realities, challenges and successes of these transformation efforts.


Elizabeth Lodal, Former Principal, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Virginia; ECS Commissioner

Peter McPherson, President, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, District of Columbia

Valerie Otero, Assistant Professor of Science Education, University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado

Mary Ann Rankin, Dean, College of Natural Sciences, University of Texas at Austin, Texas

John L. Winn, Program Director, National Math & Science Initiative, Texas

11:45 AM -- 12:00 PM
Break (session #245)

12:00 PM -- 1:30 PM
"A Nation Still At Risk -- What Now?" (session #250)
Twenty-five years after "A Nation At Risk" warned about the "rising tide of mediocrity" in U.S. public schools, the landmark federal report echoes in today's education reform climate. The report resulted in state actions that pushed standards and assessments and a series of ambitious federal initiatives such as Goals 2000 and No Child Left Behind. With a new president set to be elected in November, 2008, we need to ask the question, "Where do we go from here?" Will a new president take to heart the challenge posed by the report and learn the lessons of his predecessors when setting education policy under his or her administration? A stellar panel of experts, including some involved with the original report, will discuss ways the nation can take decisive action now to boost student achievement and competitiveness in a global marketplace.


Christopher T. Cross, Chairman, Cross and Joftus, LLC, Maryland

Milton Goldberg, Milt Goldberg Consulting, Virginia

Frederick M. Hess, Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, District of Columbia

Arthur Levine, President, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, New Jersey

Al Quie, Former Governor, Minnesota

Roy Romer, Chair, Strong American Schools, District of Columbia

Kathleen Sebelius, Governor, Kansas; member, ECS Steering Committee, ECS Commissioner, ECS Chairman and ECS Executive Committee

1:30 PM -- 2:00 PM
PM Break (session #255)

2:00 PM -- 4:00 PM
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Having the Funding Follow the Student ... Can it Work? (session #256)
The idea of switching from a traditional district-based funding formula to a more a student-based system (what some call a weighted student formula) is beginning to gain ground in some states. This session will look at this topic through the eyes of a policymaker and researcher, both of whom have worked with this system, as well as through the perspective of an individual from outside the school finance community.


Nicholas Donohue, President & CEO, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Massachusetts

Lawrence O. Picus, Lawrence O. Picus and Associates, LLC, California

Norman Sakamoto, Majority Whip & Chairman, Senate Education Committee, Hawaii; member, ECS Steering Committee, ECS Commissioner, ECS Executive Committee and ECS National Forum Committee

Daniel Thatcher, Research Analyst II, National Conference of State Legislatures, Colorado

2:00 PM -- 4:00 PM
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Why Do Some Schools Do Better? How Do We Bridge the Gap Between Research and Policy for English Language Learners (session #257)
The demographics of our nation’s schools are facing a dramatic change—rural, suburban and urban districts are seeing increasing numbers of English language learners. While these students are confronted with many challenges on their paths to English proficiency and overall academic achievement, policymakers also face challenges to implementing best practices into policy. This session will help policymakers bridge the gap between research and policy.


Margarita Calderón, Research Scientist, Johns Hopkins Center for Research and Reform in Education, New York

Florence Shapiro, Chair, Senate Education Committee, Texas; ECS Commissioner

Claire Sylvan, Executive Director and Founder, Internationals Network for Public Schools, New York


Sharon Vaughn, Executive Director, Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, University of Texas at Austin, Texas

2:00 PM -- 4:00 PM
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"You Want Fries with That? Improving High School Graduation Rates in the States” (session #258)
Across the nation, states and districts are struggling to improve high school completion rates, with varying results. This session provides perspective on what the research says about improving high school graduation rates, as well as state education agency and local perspectives on preventing students from dropping out.



John Q. Easton, Executive Director, Consortium on Chicago School Research University of Chicago, Illinois

Scott Hochberg, Representative, Texas

Karen Soule, Superintendent, Somersworth SAU Office, New Hampshire

Robert Wells, Project Director, New Hampshire Department of Education, New Hampshire

2:00 PM -- 4:00 PM
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Developing and Delivering a Statewide Coaching Program for School Leaders (session #259)
The session will provide an overview of the components of a statewide coaching program for school and district-level leaders. The session facilitators will: · Describe the funding sources necessary to develop a coaching program · Discuss the attributes of new-to-position school-level leaders · Discuss the recruitment and training of executive coaches · Share sample curriculum materials used during training institutes · Discuss the findings of an ongoing program evaluation.


Roger Sampson, President, Education Commission of the States, Colorado; member, ECS Executive Committee

Gary Whiteley, Program Director, Alaska Administration Coaching Project, Alaska

4:00 PM -- 4:15 PM
Break (session #265)

4:15 PM -- 5:15 PM
Roundtable #1 – Winning the Skills Race and Strengthening America’s Middle Class (session #270)
The College Board, recognizing the importance of community colleges to an increasing number of America’s citizens, commissioned a report to study these institutions in 2007. The report makes significant recommendations to the federal government, states and to community colleges. The report has implications for economic policy, workforce development, four-year institutions and local communities.

4:15 PM -- 5:15 PM
Roundtable #2 – On a Razor’s Edge: Funding Education in Bad Economic Times (session #271)
Difficult economic times are forcing states to make tough decisions about school funding. Come share the issues and choices your state is facing and discuss the options with individuals from around the country.



Michael Griffith, Policy Analyst, Education Commission of the States, Colorado

4:15 PM -- 5:15 PM
Roundtable #3 – Child Care Quality Rating Systems (session #272)
This session highlights child care Quality Rating Systems (QRS), including information about designing, financing, evaluating and informing parents about QRS. There will also be a demonstration on how to access resources on QRS and other early care and education topics through the Research Connections Web site.

4:15 PM -- 5:15 PM
Roundtable #4 – Flash Round: Current Changes and Next Steps in High School Reform (session #274)
This roundtable will address hot-button high school reform issues, including increasing graduation requirements, dual enrollment, early college high schools, P-16/P-20 and improving the high school to postsecondary pipeline for underserved students. This is a great chance for participants to learn about ECS and other resources to help answer policy questions. Additionally, this is an opportunity to suggest high school topics and services ECS should focus on in 2008 and beyond.



Jennifer Dounay, Senior Policy Analyst, Education Commission of the States, Colorado

4:15 PM -- 5:15 PM
Roundtable #5 – Estimating a State’s Math and Science Teacher Supply and Demand (session #275)
This interactive session will discuss efforts underway by National Association of State Colleges and Land Grant Institutions to help states better assess their supply and demand situation with regard to well-qualified secondary school science and mathematics teachers.


Michael B. Allen, Principal, Allen Education, LLC, District of Columbia

4:15 PM -- 5:15 PM
Roundtable #6 – Helping Low-Income Students Succeed In Higher Education (session #276)
The CollegeKeys(TM) Compact is not simply a report from The College Board’s trustees, it is a call to action. Learn more about the report that resulted from a two-year study about the challenges facing low-income students. Join in the effort to reshape America’s education and make the American Dream a reality for all young people.



Ron Williams, Vice President for Community College Initiatives, College Board,

4:15 PM -- 5:15 PM
Roundtable #7 – Challenges Facing Rural Schools (session #277)
Learn about the changing landscape for rural schools. Please come prepared to share with and hear from your peers on such issues as declining enrollment, shared services, regional high schools and economic development.



Kathy Christie, Vice President, Knowledge Management and ECS Clearinghouse, Education Commission of the States, Colorado

4:15 PM -- 5:15 PM
Roundtable #8 – Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative: Analytic Framework (session #278)
Work is underway to develop a means for colleges/universities to learn from one another how to increase the quantity, quality and diversity of STEM teachers. This roundtable will explore an analytical framework that incorporates key components of the most promising practices in science-math teacher recruitment, preparation, mentoring and induction, partnership, and teacher development across universities.



Charles Coble, Partner, The Third Mile Group, North Carolina


Howard Gobstein, Vice President, Research and Science Policy, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, District of Columbia

4:15 PM -- 5:15 PM
Roundtable #9 – Lessons Learned From State Data Systems (session #279)
Staff from the Data Quality Campaign will share how states are improving their capacity to collect, make available and use high-quality education data. What landmines have surfaced? What tips for success might help your state improve existing processes and structures?

4:15 PM -- 5:15 PM
Roundtable #10 - Pre-K Guidelines and the TEEM Model (session #280)
Texas School Readiness, funded by the Texas Legislature, encompasses the Texas Early Education Model (TEEM) Project and the Texas School Readiness Certification System. Come hear about the challenges and successes of the project working to integrate the service delivery models for Title I Prekindergarten, Head Start, and licensed Texas childcare providers. Come share ideas to better impact early childhood education for children, teachers, and parents.



Thomas Layne Waxley, TEEM Project Manager, State Center for Early Childhood Development, University of Texas-CIRCLE, Texas

4:15 PM -- 5:15 PM
Roundtable #11 - A New Day for Schools (session #281)
Schools across the country are adding time to the antiquated school calendar to meet the needs of today’s students. This roundtable discussion will review the Massachusetts model and national trends around time and learning.

4:15 PM -- 5:15 PM
Roundtable #12 - Working Holistically to Improve School Systems (session #282)
Meet GE Foundation representatives to learn about Developing Futures, an important systems change initiative. This roundtable will focus on one of the initiative's six critical components: Building a collaborative culture among teachers' associations, district boards and administrators while engaging the community to support learning and success for all students.

4:15 PM -- 5:15 PM
Roundtable #13-State Scholars Initiative (session #283)
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), the State Scholars Initiative (SSI) brings successful businesspeople into the nation's classrooms schools to encourage students to complete rigorous course of study in high school. In the last three years, SSI has gathered data on student course-level data, perception data, and business-education partnerships. Participants in this roundtable will have an opportunity to learn more about the initiative, to discuss early data results, and to examine how lessons learned through this initiative could be applied in their states and school districts.


Terese Rainwater, Program Director, State Scholars Initiative, WICHE - Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Colorado

5:15 PM -- 6:15 PM
ECS Commissioners' Business Session (session #290)

6:00 PM
Board Buses to Off-Site Reception at Bob Bullock History Museum (session #291)

6:30 PM -- 8:00 PM
Off-site Reception at The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum (session #295)
The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is a dynamic educational institution that engages visitors in the exciting Story of Texas through a variety of program and exhibit experiences. The Museum provides a new kind of history experience – one that recognizes that Texas is unique because of its history.

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