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Thursday, August 19, 2010

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


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


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


8:30 AM -- 9:15 AM
What We Can Learn From How the Brain Works (session #220)
The brain is an amazing thing. Most of us have no idea what’s really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every educator should know. How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget—and so important to repeat new knowledge? Brain Rules is about what we know for sure, and what we might do about it.



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 -- 10:00 AM
How Future Assessments Can Hit the Real Targets (session #225)
This panel features national assessment experts who will focus on the next generation of assessments and what these assessments must include to be aligned to international benchmarks, improve instruction, and still be affordable and not burdensome to administer.



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


10:00 AM -- 10:15 AM
Break (session #226)


10:15 AM -- 11:15 AM
More with John Medina (session #227)
This is your opportunity to question Dr. Medina on how to take his illustrations of how the brain works to the next level. For example, what does what you learned mean for teacher preparation programs? For school schedules? For the use of technology?



PARTICIPANTS

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


10:15 AM -- 11:15 AM
What State Leaders Can Learn from Higher Education Reforms in Other Countries (session #228)
Come hear expert analysis of what we can learn from other nations’ higher education reforms, and which might hold the most promise for state systems. For example, what actions have our peer countries taken to define what students must demonstrate to earn degrees, hence to take accountability beyond the presentation of data? How have they more efficiently identified low-participation populations for inclusion in higher education? What has been their experience in opening up alternative pathways into and through the system? How does the U.S. context condition and suggest distinct American versions of these reforms?



PARTICIPANTS

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


10:15 AM -- 11:15 AM
Does Race to the Top Provide a Template for the ESEA of the Future? (session #229)
Discuss which state-level approaches got funded, what their acceptance might suggest for ESEA reauthorization and what analyses tell us about where we have and have not made progress in improving student outcomes.



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


10:15 AM -- 11:15 AM
Readiness For All, College and Career Bound–An Arkansas Partnership (session #230)
The National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA) and leaders in Arkansas will discuss ‘Using the Right Data to Determine if High School Interventions Are Working to Prepare Students for College and Careers,’ a research report on how to use student achievement data to create a more systematic approach to school improvement planning and why, as a nation, we must prepare our students for college and careers starting in early education. This research report focuses on identifying students who have large academic preparation gaps entering high school and developing databases that can be used to identify promising interventions for those students, including linking longitudinal student achievement records on state assessments and EXPLORE, PLAN and the ACT. Come and listen as NCEA advocates college and career readiness to be the reality for all students and how Arkansas’ practices are taking this message to the classroom, school, and district level. Invited Speaker: Tom Kimbrell, Commissioner, Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas



PARTICIPANTS

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

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


10:15 AM -- 11:15 AM
Climate Change Everyone Can Support (session #231)
The research is clear and common sense has been confirmed – school climate matters. The National School Climate Council has translated the body of school climate research into actionable steps and National School Climate Standards. The standards present a vision and framework for a positive and sustainable school climate, which is necessary for student achievement, success and the reduction of risk behaviors in students. Policy transforms any school’s climate through measurable, meaningful, and memorable objectives and benchmarks that staff, parents, youth and adults can focus upon to give all kids what they need to succeed. We will showcase real school climates that foster achievement, character development, and safety for students, school staff and the neighborhood. You will walk away with a research-based story that unites the competing programs, professional tracks and funding mechanisms to a central goal – doing what is best for children and youth.



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


11:15 AM -- 11:30 AM
Break (session #232)


11:30 AM -- 12:15 PM
Getting Results Together: Maximizing the Roles of Governors and Legislators (session #235)
Hear governors and state legislators speak candidly about the successes and challenges they face in moving complex educational issues forward. They will talk about their respective roles in the State Common Core Standards, the upcoming ESEA reauthorization, and better coordinating and aligning state services and resources that are often housed in different state agencies.



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


12:15 PM -- 1:00 PM
Increasing the College Completion Rate to 60% by 2025 - Lessons Learned Thus Far (session #240)
Lumina Foundations’s big goal is to increase the college completion rate to 60% by 2025. Governor Tim Pawlenty will facilitate this discussion with Jamie Merisotis around what the Lumina Foundation has learned about key points of leverage, potential pitfalls and what conditions are necessary to meeting this goal.



PARTICIPANTS

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

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


1:15 PM -- 2:00 PM
Bounce Your Boldest Ideas Off the Best and the Brightest (Interactive Open-Mic) (session #241)
This session is for the brave of heart. Here is your chance to quickly present a policy idea for improving education and get rapid feedback on its merit from two of the nation’s deepest experts who are not afraid to “tell it like they see it.” (Time constraints will be strictly enforced.)



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


2:00 PM -- 2:45 PM
Put Critical Thinking On the Map:Learning, Teaching, Decision-making through GIS (session #242)
Former Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer will describe his experiences with geographic information systems, or GIS, from a policy perspective, then introduce a group of students who will demonstrate how they connect school and community service, followed by a demonstration of how location-based information systems are enabling better instruction and community health care. Geographic inquiry and information system technology are being used by more and more schools to help educators prepare and teach, to stimulate students’ curiosity and learning, and to help administrators manage their education and community assets.



PARTICIPANTS

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


2:45 PM -- 3:00 PM
Break (session #243)


3:00 PM -- 3:40 PM
What Does Being Work-Ready Look Like? (session #244)
The Georgia work-ready certificate helps state residents understand work readiness skills and what is meant by moving to a more ‘knowledge based workforce.’ Skills gap training will help improve Work Ready Certificate results and graduation test scores and lead to an increase in the graduation rate. And certification at Level 5 in Applied Math and Reading for Information correlate to college readiness without remediation. What’s not to like?



PARTICIPANTS

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


3:45 PM -- 4:45 PM
More with Governor Jim Geringer (session #245)
Governor Geringer will moderate this session, involving another group of students who will explain how GIS has stimulated their interest in learning and community involvement.



PARTICIPANTS

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


3:45 PM -- 4:45 PM
Effective Transfer and Articulation Agreements to Increase College Success (session #246)
States and postsecondary systems have struggled with the challenge of negotiating transfer and articulation agreements between postsecondary institutions and systems to ensure that students who seek to enroll at a new college do not lose college credits that they have earned at institutions in which they have previously enrolled. Poor transfer systems cost students and states significant resources and negatively impact college attainment rates. This session will feature the latest research conducted by the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) on how states can build stronger and more effective systems for facilitating the successful transfer of students into state postsecondary institutions.



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


3:45 PM -- 4:45 PM
More with Clifford Adelman and Michael Kirst (session #247)
Ask your questions about reducing remediation, ensuring college/work readiness, and bringing adults with incomplete degree programs back to finish college.



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


3:45 PM -- 4:45 PM
Building Strong Learning Communities through 21st Century Skills (session #248)
An overview and expert opinion on 21st Century Learning Environments including the importance, both nationally and internationally, of integrating the basic core skills with the new 4C's: Communication, Collaboration, Crativity, and Critical Thinking necessary to be College and Career Ready. Learn about the latest resources, tools and information on 21st century skills. Research, data and models of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills states efforts will be provided with an emphasis on support systems which include: structures for learning; time for learning; tools for learning; and communities for learning as well as the identification of needed policy changes in support of learning.



PARTICIPANTS

Kathy Hurley, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Pearson Education, Virginia

Lillian Kellogg, Vice President, Education Networks of America, Tennessee

Barbara Nielsen, Former State Superintendent, South Carolina


4:45 PM -- 5:00 PM
Break (session #249)


5:00 PM -- 6:00 PM
Roundtable #1: The Economic Impact of High School Graduation (session #250)
All of us recognize that graduating from high school with the skills necessary to be successful in postsecondary education, work and life is critical. Join this roundtable to learn more about groundbreaking research that quantifies the economic impact that occurs when we fail to graduate students from high school. There is a direct link between improved educational outcomes and economic returns that include the growth in jobs, home ownership, levels of spending and investment, and car sales that will result from cutting the high school dropout rate in half.



PARTICIPANTS

Kathy Payne, Senior Director for Education Leadership, State Farm Companies® Corporate Headquarters, Illinois

Bob Wise, Former Governor, West Virginia, President, Alliance for Excellent Education, District of Columbia


5:00 PM -- 6:00 PM
Roundtable #2: Moving Research to Action for Early Education in Oregon (session #251)
Staff from the Children’s Institute will share information and resources from their work with policymakers, government agencies and funders to support cost-effective public and private investments in early childhood programs in the state. The Institute has been instrumental in expanding Oregon’s unique Head Start prekindergarten program and establishing first-time state funding for Early Head Start. In addition, the Institute has produced a number of reports that help guide state efforts to develop programs and policies to support young children and their families.



PARTICIPANTS

 

Swati Adarkar, Executive Director, Children's Institute, Oregon


5:00 PM -- 6:00 PM
Roundtable #3: Community Education and the Future of Learning (session #252)
This roundtable will discuss: promise neighborhoods, full-service community schools, 21st century community learning centers, after school programs, early childhood education and community engagement in learning.



PARTICIPANTS

 

John Myers, Vice President, Augenblick, Palaich and Associates, Inc., Colorado


5:00 PM -- 6:00 PM
Roundtable #4: Expanded-Time Schools (session #253)
Hear how federal administration, state, district and school leaders are encouraging and implementing innovative new school schedules to add learning and enrichment time for students and more time for teachers to plan, meet and individualize instruction.



PARTICIPANTS

 

Jennifer Davis, President & CEO, National Center on Time & Learning,Massachusetts


5:00 PM -- 6:00 PM
Strengthening Educator Quality in Arkansas through Transparency and Partnership (session #254)
Members of the Arkansas Partnership for Teacher Quality will share preliminary information from its research on the preparation, placement, retention, and student achievement of Arkansas teachers and the implications for public schools and educator preparation institutions.



PARTICIPANTS

 

Richard Hutchinson, Government Relations/Instructional Issues Director, Arkansas Education Association, Arkansas

 

Calvin Johnson, Dean, School of Education, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; Former Chair, House Education Committee, General Assembly, Arkansas

 

Angela Sewall, Dean, College of Education, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Arkansas


5:00 PM -- 6:00 PM
Roundtable #6: The RTTT Consortium Assessments: New Advances and New Challenges (session #255)
The $350 million federal RTTT Assessment Program has resulted in two proposals for new Comprehensive Assessment Systems for the assessment of students in grades 3 through 8 and at least once in high school: the SMARTER Balanced Consortium and the PARCC Consortium. This session will explore the innovative design features that are common across the consortia, and how these will affect the testing experience of students. The session will also explore how these new designs propose to provide more timely, useful, and accurate information to all stakeholders, and the technical challenges to be overcome to support these new innovations.



PARTICIPANTS

 

Malcolm Bauer, Senior Scientist, Research & Development, Educational Testing Service, New Jersey

 

Nancy Doorey, Director of Programs, Center for K-12 Assessments & Peformance Management, Educational Testing Service, Texas


5:00 PM -- 6:00 PM
Roundtable #7: Business Credible, High School Feasible (session #256)
WestEd, ECS and Strategic Partnership are working together to develop an assessment tool that will measure the skills that industry values embedded in rigorous academic content applications. This roundtable will discuss the current status of this work.



PARTICIPANTS

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


5:00 PM -- 6:00 PM
Partnerships between Private Sector Career Colleges and Community Colleges to Advance Workforce & Career (session #257)
Many community colleges are facing severe capacity constraints and funding challenges. Private sector career colleges have been growing and investing in additional capacity. This roundtable will look into the possibility of creating fruitful partnerships between these types of institutions and what each organization can learn from the other to improve the education and training they provide.



PARTICIPANTS

 

Paul De Giusti, Vice President, Corinthian Colleges, Inc., District of Columbia


5:00 PM -- 6:00 PM
Roundtable #9: Reaching Rural Schools (session #258)
Recognizing the importance of college and career readiness for all students, how can we ensure that students and educators in rural communities have access to the resources they need to achieve this goal? This roundtable discussion will focus on particular issues facing rural schools and explore creative steps to increase educational opportunities for rural students. AT&T will bring together rural education experts to examine new possibilities for creating partnerships and networks to reach rural schools.



PARTICIPANTS

 

Howard Lee, Executive Director, State of North Carolina, North Carolina

 

Cynthia Marshall, President, AT&T North Carolina, North Carolina


5:00 PM -- 6:00 PM
Roundtable #10: Gaining Ground in the Middle Grades: Why Some Schools Do Better (session #259)
A team of researchers from EdSource and Stanford University recently released the largest empirical study ever conducted of middle grades practices and their association with higher student academic outcomes. This roundtable will summarize the study’s findings, and their implications for district and school practice, as well as state and federal policy.



PARTICIPANTS

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

 

Trish Williams, Executive Director, EdSource, California


6:00 PM -- 7:00 PM
State Team Reception (Invitation Only) (session #265)
Reception for all State Teams, Corporate Partners and National Forum Sponsors.



 

 
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