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Thursday, July 09, 2009

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


7:00 AM -- 5:30 PM
Media/Press Office (session #205)


7:00 AM -- 5:30 PM
Cyber Cafe (session #210)


7:30 AM -- 8:15 AM
Networking Breakfast Buffet (session #215)


8:15 AM -- 9:15 AM
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From Policy to Reality - What Will Prepare our Students for Success? (session #220)
Dr. Richard F. Elmore is the Gregory R. Anrig Professor of Educational Leadership at Harvard University, co-director of the Connecticut Superintendents' Network, a member of the faculty on the Executive Leadership Program for Educators, and the Director of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE). Dr. Elmore's presentation will focus on the effects of federal, state, and local education policy on schools and classrooms and ultimately the workforce. His research has a direct impact and relationship on how the education system can and must be aligned to the global workforce.



PARTICIPANTS

John Medina, Developmental Molecular Biologist, University of Washington School of Medicine; Director, Brain Center for Applied Learning Research, Seattle Pacific University, Washington


9:15 AM -- 9:30 AM
Break (session #221)


9:30 AM -- 10:15 AM
Innovation and Technology to Connect Education and Workforce (session #222)
This presentation highlights how some states are ensuring alignment between education and workforce while addressing dropout prevention, closing achievement gaps, increasing relevance and student engagement, documenting student skills and increasing college and work readiness.



10:15 AM -- 10:45 AM
Governors Panel (session #223)
Governors respond to challenges in meeting workforce needs including: retooling workers through increased access to training, validating skills and credentials; policies that attract and support globally competitive, state-led regional economies; leveraging and aligning federal programs to maximize impact and minimize duplication; and the role of K-12 in the states economy.



10:45 AM -- 11:00 AM
Break (session #224)


11:00 AM -- 12:00 PM
More with Dr. Richard Elmore (session #225)
Dr. Elmore will continue to address educational and workforce issues raised in his previous Plenary Session.



PARTICIPANTS

Stuart Kahl, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Measured Progress, Inc., New Hampshire

Shilpi Niyogi, Executive Vice President, National Services Strategy & New Business Development, Pearson Education, District of Columbia

Stanley Rabinowitz, Director, Assessment and Standards Development Services, WestEd, California

Kevin Sweeney, Executive Director of Psychometrics, The College Board, Pennsylvania


11:00 AM -- 12:00 PM
Multi-State Collaborations: Lessons Learned from Two New England Efforts (session #226)
This session will explore two efforts at multi-state collaboration: the development of the New England Comprehensive Assessment Program (NECAP) and the newly formed New England Secondary School Consortium. Through NECAP, three states developed common grade level expectations and common assessments in reading, mathematics, writing and science. The Consortium's goal is to ensure that by 2016 every public high school student in the four partner states will receive an education that prepares them for college, career, and civic responsibility in our increasingly interconnected global community. This session will highlight the benefits, challenges and lessons learned from these collaborative efforts.



11:00 AM -- 12:00 PM
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Building Stepping Stones into the Workforce (session #227)
States are developing many innovative strategies to more effectively move low-skilled, low-wage adults into the workforce by customizing academic programs to meet the unique needs of those who are non-traditional entrants into postsecondary education. This session will look at how some states are moving to stackable certificates that will allow students to take shorter and more achievable steps to prepare for postsecondary education so that they can more efficiently move into livable wage jobs.



PARTICIPANTS

John Medina, Developmental Molecular Biologist, University of Washington School of Medicine; Director, Brain Center for Applied Learning Research, Seattle Pacific University, Washington


11:00 AM -- 12:00 PM
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P-20 with No Money: Potential for System Alignment in Difficult Economic Times (session #228)
This session will discuss approaches states can use to make progress on implementing influential P-20 alignment efforts despite slim state budgets. The session will additionally identify high-leverage efforts to allow states to gain maximum "bang for their buck" in improving P-20 transitions, and how public/private partnerships can further P-20 efforts



PARTICIPANTS

Clifford Adelman, Senior Associate, The Institute for Higher Education Policy, District of Columbia


11:00 AM -- 12:00 PM
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How State Universities Can Take the Teacher Preparation Bull By the Horns (session #229)
Producing more high quality science and math teachers is not just important for middle and high schools, but is an essential component to ensuring a robust economy. This roundtable session will highlight the collaborative role that 114 state universities are playing in the preparation of strong math and science teachers and the promise of stronger state-university cooperation.



PARTICIPANTS

Rob Eissler, Chair, House Public Education Committee, Texas House of Representatives; ECS Commissioner; Texas

Alyson Klein, Staff Writer, Editorial Projects in Education, Ed Week, Maryland

Jonathan Plucker, Director and Professor, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, Indiana University, Indiana

David Sokola, Chair, Senate Education Committee, Delaware Senate; Member, ECS Nominating and Steering Committees;Delaware


12:00 PM -- 12:15 PM
Break (session #230)


PARTICIPANTS

Efrain Mercado, Jr., Director of Outreach, National Center for Educational Achievement, Texas

Randy Zook, President & CEO, Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, Arkansas


12:15 PM -- 1:30 PM
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How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns (session #231)
While computers and technology pervade every part of life today, today's schools look pretty much the same as yesterday's schools. Looking inside of schools reveals many opportunities for disruptive solutions, like computer-based learning, to take root. What inhibits these opportunities? What enables them?



PARTICIPANTS

Lou Ann Evans, Member, National School Climate Network; Member, District Leaders Network,Pennsylvania

Derek Peterson, International Child/Youth Advocate, Institute for Community and Adolescent Resilience, North Dakota


1:30 PM -- 1:45 PM
Break (session #232)


1:45 PM -- 2:45 PM
State Strategies for Enhancing Teacher Effectiveness (session #233)
Strategic Management of Human Capital (SMHC) includes two basic strategies: 1) Recruiting and retaining top teacher, principal and central office talent, which are key to implement the powerful education improvement strategies needed for big, urban districts and 2) managing that talent around the most effective instructional practice --instruction that can produce large student learning gains. Hear about what's been learned from urban district case studies and how these lessons will form the basis of five action initiatives to be launched in 2009.



2:45 PM -- 3:00 PM
Break (session #234)


3:00 PM -- 4:00 PM
What Does it Take for State Policy to Enable Disruptive Innovation? (session #235)
This follow- up session with Clayton Christensen will provide the opportunity for deeper discussion related to disruptive innovation.



PARTICIPANTS

Michael Flanagan, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Michigan State Department of Education, Michigan

Tim Pawlenty, Governor of Minnesota, 2008-10 ECS Chair

James Roebuck, Co-Chair, House Education Committee, Pennsylvania House of Representatives; Member, ECS Steering Committee, Pennsylvania

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


3:00 PM -- 4:00 PM
21st Century Skills: Flavor of the Month or Here to Stay? (session #236)
Seeking to ensure that students are prepared for changing educational and career demands, states are developing "21st century standards". This session will explore emerging state practices and lessons learned related to 21st century standards and assessments, and how these new tools might complement--rather than supplant--other efforts to help all students achieve high expectations.



3:00 PM -- 4:00 PM
Tapping Technology to Maximize Student Achievement (session #237)
While today's students commonly use technological tools in out-of-school time for learning, social networking and play, many schools are not maximizing technology's capacity to more effectively deliver content, increase student engagement and assess student mastery of knowledge and skills. This session will explore the unfulfilled potential of emerging technologies to increase efficiencies and enhance student achievement.



3:00 PM -- 4:00 PM
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A New Model to Improve Math Instruction & Student Learning in the Early Years (session #238)
There are three critical areas of study that appear to make a difference in teacher practice, and ultimately, student learning: subject-specific content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, and the use of evidence of learning to meet immediate learning needs. Educational Testing Service and Tennessee State University have involved a consortium of Tennessee HBCUs in a professional development project in order to address and integrate the content from all three areas to form a powerful professional development experience. Funded by the State of Tennessee, the project involves a unique partnership between colleges and elementary schools who work together to identify, develop and implement best practices in mathematics. The process of establishing the project, necessary components and preliminary results of the effort will be presented along with a "view from within" by participating school principals.



3:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Making Opportunities Affordable in an Era of Constrained Resources (session #239)
Tennessee ranks 44th nationally in the percentage of its working-age adults with an associate's degree or higher and has significant gaps in participation by geographic area and student socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, and age. Furthermore, degree productivity has consistently lagged as state support per student has waxed and waned across economic cycles. Increased degree attainment became the cornerstone of Tennessee's participation in Making Opportunity Affordable (MOA), a multi-state, multi-year initiative funded by Lumina Foundation for Education to increase the degree productivity of state higher education systems. A recent policy audit highlighted several areas in which postsecondary policies lack alignment with the productivity agenda of MOA. Dennis Jones, who led the policy audit, will facilitate a conversation involving representatives of various stakeholders to examine how campuses, localities, the business community, and state policymakers frame the problem and view their role in contributing to solutions.



4:15 PM -- 5:15 PM
Roundtable #1:Funding Schools in Hard Times (session #240)
Funding education in good times in not easy, but funding education in today's economy takes the challenge to a whole new level. Join this roundtable to hear about and discuss innovative ways that policymakers from around the country are funding education programs.



PARTICIPANTS

Jamie Merisotis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lumina Foundation for Education, Indiana

Tim Pawlenty, Governor of Minnesota, 2008-10 ECS Chair


4:15 PM -- 5:15 PM
Roundtable #2: Extending Time & Learning (session #241)
A school redesign model developed in Massachusetts that expands school time by at least 300 hours and engages students more fully in learning is showing great promise. This roundtable discussion will focus on lessons learned from the Massachusetts model and how other states can use ARRA funds and other resources to launch expanded time initiatives.



PARTICIPANTS

Clifford Adelman, Senior Associate, The Institute for Higher Education Policy, District of Columbia

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


4:15 PM -- 5:15 PM
New England Secondary School Consortium: Collaboration for College Readiness (session #242)
This collaboration among Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, funded by the Nellie Mae Foundation, will provide high school students with opportunities for high-quality, real-world learning through numerous avenues. Come to this session to learn more about this innovative cross-state effort.



PARTICIPANTS

Jim Geringer, former Governor, Wyoming and Director, Environmental Systems Research Institute, Wyoming


4:15 PM -- 5:15 PM
Roundtable #4: Insights on Academic Rigor (session #243)
At this roundtable, participants will have the opportunity to review and discuss new course enrollment and perception data from 10 federally funded State Scholar Initiative states and school districts.



4:15 PM -- 5:15 PM
Roundtable #5:International Benchmarking (session #244)
ECS has developed an International Benchmarking Toolkit designed to provide strategies, policies, information and other resources to policymakers to allow them to move toward benchmarking state standards to high quality international standards. Participants will discuss how the toolkit can be best used and what is happening in states with regard to benchmarking to international standards.



PARTICIPANTS

Debra M. Lyons, Director, Governor's Office of Workforce Development, Georgia


4:15 PM -- 5:15 PM
Roundtable #6:Critical Policy Levers for Community Colleges (session #245)
During this roundtable, participants will discuss innovative state policies in community college finance, access, transfer and articulation, etc. that are enabling community colleges to serve the increasingly diverse populations enrolling in their institutions.



PARTICIPANTS

Jim Geringer, former Governor, Wyoming and Director, Environmental Systems Research Institute, Wyoming


4:15 PM -- 5:15 PM
Roundtable #7:Workforce Development & WorkKeys (session #246)
This roundtable will focus on workforce development policies in the states, specifically how ACT's WorkKeys assessments and their National Career Readiness Certificates can be used to help students transition into the work place.



PARTICIPANTS

Richard Hezel, President & CEO, Hezel Associates, LLC, New York

Demaree Michelau, Director of Policy Analysis, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Colorado

Russell Poulin, Associate Program Director, Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications WICHE, Colorado


4:15 PM -- 5:15 PM
Roundtable #8:21st Century Skills, 21st Century Content (session #247)
Is learning straight content enough? With such limited time to teach, do educators really need to teach students to "think critically?" Come discuss the issue and share your views on what it really means to prepare students for the 21st Century.



PARTICIPANTS

Clifford Adelman, Senior Associate, The Institute for Higher Education Policy, District of Columbia

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


6:00 PM
Attendees to walk over to Off-Site Reception (session #280)


6:30 PM -- 8:00 PM
Off-Site Reception (session #290)


 

 
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