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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

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.



PARTICIPANTS

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

Phil Wilson, Secretary of State, Texas


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.



PARTICIPANTS

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


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.



PARTICIPANTS

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.



PARTICIPANTS

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


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.



PARTICIPANTS

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.



PARTICIPANTS

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.



PARTICIPANTS

 

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.



PARTICIPANTS

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

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


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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

9:30 AM -- 10:00 AM
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Learning What Works (session #341)
Vicki Phillips will share the Foundation's lessons learned from 8 years working to improve graduation rates and college readiness, and the implications for their strategy moving forward.



PARTICIPANTS

Vicki L. Phillips, Director, Education Division, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Washington


10:15 AM -- 12:15 PM
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Preparing and Supporting Teachers for Urban Schools (session #347)
The nation’s education system continues to be plagued by a gap in academic achievement between students of different racial/ethnic groups. Many lower performing students are enrolled in urban schools. One challenge faced by many of these schools is how best to prepare quality teachers for urban settings and support them as they begin their careers. This session will present two programs that are addressing this challenge through unique partnerships between colleges and urban K-12 schools. The process of establishing these programs, necessary elements and results of these efforts will be presented along with a “view from within” by a distinguished teacher grappling with the challenges of teaching in an urban setting.



PARTICIPANTS

 

Neema Avashia, Teacher, John W. McCormack Middle School, Massachusetts

 

Jennifer Frish, Kindergarten Teacher, Chicago Public Schools, Illinois

Liam S. Goldrick, Director of Policy, New Teacher Center at UCSC, Wisconsin

Jesse Solomon, Director, Boston Teacher Residency, Massachusetts

 

Amy Treadwell, Induction Coach, Chicago Public Schools, Illinois

Lisa Vahey, Director, Chicago New Teacher Center, California


10:15 AM -- 12:15 PM
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Using Growth Models to Measure Student Performance (session #349)
Nine states are involved in a pilot project to use "growth models" to supplement the current adequate yearly progress (AYP) approach for measuring school performance under No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The U.S. Department of Education has extended this option to any state that meets specific criteria. This working session will help participants understand the purposes and types of growth models, the necessary components to put in place to sustain such an approach, and how growth models can be used to move beyond NCLB student proficiency goals to ensure students are ready for college and work. Participants will have the opportunity to work with representatives from the pilot states and accountability experts to develop plans for growth models in their own states.



PARTICIPANTS

Chrys Dougherty, Director of Research, National Center for Educational Accountability, Texas

Charity Smith, Assistant Director of Accountability, Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas

Robin R. Taylor, Associate Secretary of Education, Assessment and Accountability, Delaware Department of Education, Delaware


12:30 PM -- 2:15 PM
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Benchmarking Internationally: The Need Confronts the Reality (session #355)
Too few students are leaving the K-12 system ready for college and the global economy, yet the public appears to fear an overemphasis on test scores and a decrease in attention paid to the whole child. This session provides both the rationale and strategies states can take to benchmark to international standards while protecting the public’s traditional commitment to a comprehensive education. The session will raise and address the following questions: · How can we balance a tradition of local control with the need for international level expectations? · How can states keep from reinventing the wheel? · How can assessments be aligned to highest standards without great cost in dollars or in testing time? · What does it take to improve the balance of liberal education expectations with application of knowledge?



PARTICIPANTS

Andreas Schleicher, Directorate for Education, Indicators and Analysis Division, OECD, France


2:30 PM -- 5:30 PM
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In It to Win It – High-Leverage (Yet Often Overlooked) Elements of P-20 Reform (session #370)
While virtually every state has taken on the challenge of P-16 or P-20 reform — either through the creation of a P-20 council or through state policy efforts — relatively few states have adequately addressed the essential components of (1) comprehensive, aligned data systems; (2) the "P" in P-20; and (3) the involvement of professional schools (the 17-20 in P-20). This highly interactive session will provide information on what states need to address in each of these components to enhance the success of P-20 efforts.



PARTICIPANTS

Kristie Kauerz, Early Childhood/P-3 Policy Director, Office of Lieutenant Governor Barbara O'Brien, Colorado

Michael W. Kirst, Emeritus Professor for Education and Business Administration, Stanford University, California

 

Sarah E. Redfield, Professor of Law, Education Law Institute, Franklin Pierce Law Center, Maine; member, ECS Steering Committee and ECS Commissioner


 
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