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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

1:00 PM -- 2:00 PM
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Creating Pathways for Graduation and Beyond for At-Risk Nashville Students (session #125)
LEARN HOW THEY'RE DOING IT! Learn how Nashville Mayor Dean's Office is successfully partnering with the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools - and other public and private partners - to get dropouts and those at risk of dropping to come back to school or stay in school. Learn how Nashville has succeeded in creating Big Picture and Diploma Plus high schools, along with Gateway to College schools, a middle school after-school program based on the Providence, Rhode Island model, and the unique Attendance Center that partners with local public agencies to reduce drop out numbers, truancy and attendance issues by arranging wraparound services for at-risk students.

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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.


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

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.

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?


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

1:45 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.

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Friday, July 10, 2009

8:30 AM -- 9:15 AM
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On-Ramps to College: Building Paths to Success for All Students (session #320)
Mathematics has been a burial ground for the aspirations of myriad students seeking upward mobility through higher education. What are the strategies states and large urban districts are using to create mathematics pathways that work for students who only a decade ago would not have taken high school algebra and geometry? We'll examine new course offerings and how they are scaled as well as promising approaches to modernizing high school and freshman college mathematics.


Mark Nieker, President, The Pearson Foundation, New York

9:15 AM -- 10:00 AM
Coming to Our Senses: Education and the American Future (session #321)
In November 2008, the College Board released a report, Coming to Our Senses: Education and the American Future, that looked at the challenges facing students as they move through the educational pipeline. Chaired by William "Brit" Kirwan, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland, the study identified the ambitious goal that at least 55% of Americans hold a postsecondary credential by 2025. The report examines the socio-economic, demographic and public policy trends affecting college access and success, and gives a number of recommendations that might guide the nation's response.


David T. Conley, CEO, Educational Policy Improvement Center, Oregon

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.

2:15 PM -- 4:30 PM
American Reinvestment and Recovery Act's Impact on States (session #360)
This half day workshop will provide state policymakers with the knowledge and tools that they need to maximize the ARRA's impact on their education system. The first half of the program will provide information on what we know about how the States have been using ARRA funds so far - the second half will look at what policies states could adopt in the coming months to give them the best chance at winning "Race to the Top" funds. Part I: What do we know about ARRA so far? (2:15 - 3:00) Part II: What Can States Do to "Race to the Top" (3:15 - 4:30)


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