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Thursday, July 09, 2009

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.



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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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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.



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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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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.



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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


12:15 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?



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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


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.



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Friday, July 10, 2009

10:15 AM -- 12:15 PM
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Education, the Economy and Workforce Development (session #331)
Attendees will discuss how to best determine whether their states have "workforce issues" or "workplace issues." You will talk about means of assessing workforce needs and certifying student skills, how to get students up the economic ladder as quickly as possible, and how to potentially reallocate resources.



10:15 AM -- 12:15 PM
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Developmental Education as a Critical State Strategy to Increase College Success (session #332)
As states seek to improve college attainment rates among their residents, many are struggling with how to successfully educate students who come to postsecondary education lacking the academic skills necessary to be successful. This workshop will explore how policies and practice can make developmental education a critical component of state strategies to increase the percent of their residents with a postsecondary credential. The workshop will provide information on how states can become involved in Getting Past Go a national initiative of the Education Commission of the States, funded by the Lumina Foundation on Education, on increasing the college success of students who require developmental education.



10:15 AM -- 12:15 PM
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Teaching Quality and Leadership (session #334)
Members of the ECS Teaching Quality Strategy Team will discuss their recent work to identify TQ policies and strategies and work and need to be brought to scale. These recognized experts represent not only the field of education and research, but also the corporate and business worlds and science and technology. This workshop promises to be thought-provoking and will provide policy and strategy recommendations for future direction for the wide-scale improvement in teaching quality across our states.



12:30 PM -- 2:00 PM
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Conant Award Luncheon-College Access and Success: Can We Do More? (session #350)
To date, most of the action on improving postsecondary student success has focused on high schools. But colleges themselves turn out to be important actors in the drama of shrinking opportunity in this country. In this address, Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust, will share lessons from colleges that are unusually effective in getting students through with a degree, and discuss what that means for other higher education institutions and for policymakers interested in spurring better results for all groups of students.



 

 
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