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Session 220: From Policy to Reality - What Will Prepare our Students for Success?
Richard Elmore
This presentation focuses 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. Governor Tim Pawlenty facilitates this session.

Session 223: Governors Panel
Jeb Bush, Tim Pawlenty and Phil Bredesen
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.

Session 222: Innovation and Technology
Jeb Bush and Teresa Chasteen
This presentation, at the 2009 ECS National Forum on Education Policy, 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. Speakers include Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Teresa Chasteen, CEO and President of Worldwide Interactive Network (WIN).

Session 231: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns 
Clayton Christensen
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?

Session 233: The People Side of Reform: State Strategies for Enhancing Teacher Effectiveness
Allan Odden
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.

Session 320: On-Ramps to College: Building Paths to Success for All Students
Uri Treisman
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.

Session 321: Coming to Our Senses: Education and the American Future
William "Brit" Kirwan, Roy Romer and Ron Williams
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.

Video of Session 350: College Access and Success: Can We Do More?
Kati Haycock
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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