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Sunday, July 10, 2005

1:00 PM -- 7:00 PM
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National Center for Learning and Citizenship (NCLC) Board Meeting (Invitation Only) (session #10)
Denver, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building


7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM
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NCLC Board Dinner (Invitation Only) (session #20)
Denver, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building


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Monday, July 11, 2005

8:00 AM -- 5:00 PM
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East Meets West: Asian and American Perspectives on Improving Math and Science Education (Invitation Only) (session #100)
Vail, Majestic Level, Tower Building
Sponsored by the Asia Society. During this two-day meeting, 15 Asian and 15 American scholars and policymakers will compare mathematics and science curricula, standards and assessments, and new innovations, especially in technology. Insights from these comparisons will help Asian and U.S. education leaders learn from one another and work together to improve mathematics and science education in their respective countries.

A Wednesday morning workshop (#329, 9:30-11:30 a.m.) will give Forum attendees a chance to hear what was learned and how to move forward.



11:30 AM -- 6:30 PM
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Education Leadership Colloquium on the Civic Mission of American Education (Invitation Only) (session #110)
Silver, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
The Education Leadership Colloquium (ELC) brings together state teams of education leaders and policymakers to share strategies and best practices that support effective citizenship education and service-learning. With a broad base of support from K-12 and higher education, including the National School Boards Association, the Center for Civic Education, Campus Compact and NCLC, the ELC generates ideas and attracts national, state and local leaders who want to further their commitment to citizenship education and service-learning.



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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

8:00 AM -- 4:00 PM
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Education Leadership Colloquium on the Civic Mission of American Education and Lunch - cont' from Monday (Invitation Only) (session #210)
Silver, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building


8:00 AM -- 5:00 PM
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East Meets West: Asian and American Perspectives on Improving Math and Science Education - cont'd from Monday (Invitation Only) (session #200)
Vail, Majestic Level, Tower Building


10:00 AM -- 5:30 PM
Registration Desk Open (session #225)
South Convention Lobby, Second Floor, Tower Building


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 -- 5:30 PM
Cyber Cafe Open (session #230)
Tower Court A, Second Floor, Tower Building
Stop by to see what's new on ECS' Web site. Computers are provided for your use by HP.



PARTICIPANTS

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

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


11:00 AM -- 1:00 PM
Chief State School Officers' Invitational Meeting (session #235)
Colorado, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building


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


4:30 PM -- 9:00 PM
National Collaborative for Postsecondary Education Policy Advisory Council Meeting and Dinner (Invitation Only) (session #260)
Beverly, Majestic Level, Tower Building


6:00 PM -- 8:00 PM
Governors' Policy Advisor Invitational Meeting (session #261)
Terrace, Terrace Level, Tower Building


6:30 PM -- 8:30 PM
Legislators' Invitational Dinner Meeting (session #262)
Columbine, Terrace Level, Tower Building


8:00 PM -- 9:00 PM
ECS Executive Committee Meeting (Invitation Only) (session #265)
Capitol, Terrace Level, Tower Building


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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

7:30 AM -- 9:00 AM
Opening Plenary Breakfast - A Conversation on Creative Leadership (session #315)
Grand Ballroom, Second Floor, Tower Building
Success in the creative economy will depend on the quality of its leaders and how well they can unleash their organizations' intellectual capital. In an informal give-and-take conversation, Piedad F. Robertson, ECS president, and Blenda Wilson, Nellie Mae Education Foundation president and chief executive officer, will reflect on how leaders create four supporting conditions that make a difference: providing purpose, sustaining trust, fostering hope and getting results.



7:30 AM -- 5:30 PM
Registration Desk Open (session #300)
South Convention Lobby, Second Floor, Tower Building


7:30 AM -- 5:30 PM
Cyber Cafe Open (session #310)
Tower Court A, Second Floor, Tower Building
Stop by to see what's new on ECS' Web site. Computers are provided for your use by HP.



8:30 AM -- 10:00 AM
Spouse/Guest Hospitality Suite Open (session #321)
Gold, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building


PARTICIPANTS

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


9:00 AM -- 9:30 AM
Break (session #323)
North Convention Lobby, Second Floor, Tower Building


9:30 AM -- 11:30 AM
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Changes in the Higher Education Act: How States Should Respond (session #328)
Silver, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
The Higher Education Act is one of the most important pieces of federal legislation for higher education. With its upcoming reauthorization in Congress, proposed changes in accreditation, financial aid and accountability for colleges and universities are likely to affect higher education institutions. Learn how policymakers can influence and respond to these changes.



PARTICIPANTS

 

Linda Baer, Senior Program Officer, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Washington

Jack Massimino, Chairman, Corinthian Colleges, Inc., California


9:30 AM -- 11:30 AM
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East Meets West (session #329)
Denver, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
This is a two-part workshop.

9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Part I – Asian and American Perspectives on Improving Math and Science Education.
Find out what new ideas and innovations the Asian and American leaders learned from their two-day pre-Forum meeting on standards, curriculum and assessment in mathematics and science education.

Participants include:
Vivien Stewart (Moderator)
Susan Sclafani
Yong Zhao

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Part II – Improving Mathematics and Science Education in the United States: Actions for State Education Leaders
The second half of the workshop will identify high-leverage strategies to help many more American students meet challenging math and science standards. Facilitators and workshop participants will suggest supportive policies and actions that state leaders can create.

Participants include:
Susan Sclafani (Moderator)
Gerald Wheeler
Richard J. Schaar
Henry L. Johnson



PARTICIPANTS

Diane DeBacker, Interim Commissioner of Education, Kansas Department of Education, Kansas

Darren Dennis, Director of Learning Services, Garden City Public Schools, Kansas

Joan Evans, Senior Consultant, Cross and Joftus, LLC, California


9:30 AM -- 11:30 AM
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What Works in High School Reform? A Look at the Research (session #330)
Tower Court C, Second Floor, Tower Building
Every day, policymakers hear more about the weaknesses of the American high school and learn more about what can be done to strengthen them. The number of issues that must be addressed – including rigor and relevance of the curriculum – makes redesign difficult. But there are steps that succeed. Learn what the most recent research says about "what works" and the best strategies to create high-performing high schools. Come brainstorm how state policy can support these strategies.



PARTICIPANTS

Tony Bennett, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Indiana Department of Education, Indiana

Holly Franks Boffy, 2010 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year, Paul Breaux Middle School, Louisiana

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

Paul Reville, Secretary of Education, Executive Office of Education, Massachusetts

Philip Schmidt, Associate Provost, Western Governors University, Utah


9:30 AM -- 11:30 AM
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Beyond the Civics Course: How Schools Prepare Students for Citizenship (session #331)
Tower Court D, Second Floor, Tower Building
Virtually everyone agrees public education plays an important role in preparing students for citizenship. How schools teach students the knowledge, skills and dispositions of effective citizens is often debated, however. Is a course in civics enough, and should legislators require it? Is there a role for service-learning? Is it appropriate for students to discuss controversial issues in schools? Join this discussion on these approaches and others being used in schools nationwide.



12:00 PM -- 1:30 PM
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Plenary Lunch: NCLB – A Common-sense Focus (session #338)
Grand Ballroom, Second Floor, Tower Building
U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings has proposed this equation: The principles of the law plus student achievement and a narrowing of the achievement gap plus overall sound state education policies equals a new common-sense approach to the implementation of No Child Left Behind. This equation is a blueprint for getting all our nation's children to grade level and beyond in reading and mathematics. U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Raymond Simon will describe this new approach states are taking.

Preceding the presentation, Denver Mayor John W. Hickenlooper will welcome participants to the city of Denver.



1:30 PM -- 2:00 PM
Break (session #339)
South Convention Lobby, Second Floor, Tower Building


2:00 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Full-day Kindergarten: Learning That Lasts (session #342)
Century, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
How are states integrating full-day kindergarten into their education reform efforts and giving at-risk students an opportunity to gain skills and knowledge that better prepare them to succeed in 1st grade and beyond? Hear what session panelists have to say about efforts in their states. The panel includes a representative from a state that requires all children to attend full-day kindergarten and representatives from two states that have major full-day kindergarten initiatives under way this year.



2:00 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Workforce Development for the Creative Economy (session #343)
Gold, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
Is the United States on the verge of losing its competitive edge in the global economy? In addition to the changing demographics, outsourcing and technological innovations that continue to transform the nature of work in the 21st century, a creativity gap is emerging between the United States and other countries around the globe. Policymakers increasingly are looking to postsecondary education to produce a new "creative class" – workers and citizens capable of producing new ideas to sustain both America's economy and democracy. Join panelists from different sectors of the nation's creative community as they discuss the role of postsecondary education in shaping the future of the creative economy in the United States.



2:00 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Lessons from School Funding Court Cases (session #344)
Silver, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
Some recent court cases have ruled against the states, resulting in increased funding for education by billions of dollars. With as many as 16 new court cases to be filed this coming year, courts will be making more education policy decisions. This session will explore what adequacy means, where states are finding additional revenues for education, and how schools and districts can be held accountable for increasing student achievement with these additional resources.



2:00 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Increasing Postsecondary Access and Participation through Community Colleges (session #345)
Colorado, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
Community colleges play a critical role in ensuring every student graduates from high school and has two years of postsecondary education. State policy can help by early testing of high school students for admission and placement, partnerships between secondary and community college faculty, competency-based funding, and transferability of community college credits to four-year institutions. In this session, learn how policies and programs related to community colleges are helping individuals and states achieve their goals.



PARTICIPANTS

David S. Beard, Senior Associate, The Pew Charitable Trusts, District of Columbia

Allison de la Torre, The PEW Charitable Trusts, District of Columbia

Kristie Kauerz, Program Director, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Massachusetts

Jerry Weast, Superintendent of Montgomery County Schools, Maryland


2:00 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Can Value-added Assessments Help Improve Student Achievement and Teaching Quality? (session #340)
Denver, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
"Growth" or "value-added" assessments that provide year-to-year results for individual students have captured policymakers' attention as they look for ways to improve student achievement. The methodology, data systems and political support for these assessments are gaining momentum across the country. Come learn about the potential advantages and pitfalls of data collection and using growth measures for individual students. Find out how these results also might be used to fairly evaluate teacher effectiveness.



2:00 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Innovative District Leadership Approaches: How Policymakers Can Adapt and Support Them (session #341)
Spruce, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
Don't miss this session on the innovative approaches some district leaders are taking to improve learning environments and increase student achievement. Based on research conducted for the ECS-MetLife leadership project, the session will feature snapshots and insights into the policies, practices and development needed to implement the approaches widely. See how innovative leaders handle professional development systems, create school cultures of learning and manage accountability systems, and learn how policymakers can use and support these approaches.



3:30 PM -- 4:00 PM
Break (session #346)
South Convention Lobby, Second Floor, Tower Building


4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
ECS Commissioners' Business Session (session #348)
Windows, Second Floor, Tower Building
Join your colleagues and represent your state at the annual business meeting of the Commission. Each ECS commissioner is entitled to one vote on matters brought before the Commission. Make yours count.



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
Roundtables/Table Top Discussions (session #350)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
Join your peers in this informal opportunity to learn more about the topic of your choice, share and learn from other Forum attendees interested in the issue, and get specific questions answered. Roundtable topics are designed for small-group discussions on specific issues or opportunities. A resource leader will facilitate the discussion at each table.



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 1– Teacher Education Program Effectiveness: What Serves as Credible and Persuasive Evidence? (session #351)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
What evidence demonstrates the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs? What evidence would policymakers find credible? A recent survey of teacher education programs has identified promising pathways. Participants will be asked to convey what they would find most convincing, either among the array of promising pathways already identified or new approaches yet to be developed.

Facilitator:
Mona Wineburg, director of teacher education, American Association of State Colleges and Universities



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 2 – Chartering 2.0: Improving Chartering School Laws and Policies (session #352)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
Midway into the second decade of the charter school movement, policymakers are grappling with improving charter school laws and policies to achieve better educational results. A critical factor in charter school quality is the charter school authorizer – the agency responsible for approving, overseeing and evaluating charters. Come learn about policy improvements needed to support effective chartering, including a new resource for policymaking, Principles and Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing.

FACILITATOR:
Margaret Lin, senior associate, National Association of Charter School Authorizers



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 3 – New Ideas on School Funding (session #353)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
Often, discussions of school finance deal with the problems facing states – budget cuts, the rising cost of health care benefits and school-funding litigation. Instead of problems, possible solutions will be the focus during this get-together. As a starting point, the facilitator will use a recent ECS paper that examines solutions to education funding beyond litigation. Participants will be encouraged to share school funding solutions that have been successful in their states.

Facilitator:
Michael Griffith, policy analyst (school finance), Education Commission of the States



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 4 – Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) (session #354)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
AVID is a 5th- through 12th-grade program to prepare students during this academic midpoint for four-year college eligibility. AVID accelerates underachieving students into more rigorous courses and offers extensive student support to ensure their success. AVID levels the playing field for minority, rural, low-income and other students without a college-going tradition in their families. AVID has a 25-year history of success, and impacts the lives of over 105,000 students in 30 states and 15 countries each year.

Facilitator:
Karen Lewis, AVID Colorado state director, Adams 50 School District



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 5 – Tracking and Controlling the Cost of Teacher Turnover (session #355)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
Teacher turnover is a major problem affecting many schools and students – 46% of all new teachers in the United States leave their schools within five years after entering the classroom. In high-poverty schools, annual teacher turnover rates approach 20%. This churn has adverse consequences for student learning and for school success, but its financial costs are largely hidden from administrators and policymakers. As a result, scarce financial resources are lost. The return on investment is poorer in schools with high turnover. The new challenge is to help districts track or control these costs to better understand the consequences on student learning.

Facilitator:
Kelly Green, director of state policy and partnerships, National Commission on Teaching and America's Future



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 6 – Governance in Early Education (session #356)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
Two states have radically redesigned their governance structures that oversee pre-kindergarten, child care and other early learning programs. Both Georgia and Massachusetts have created new state departments of early learning. This roundtable will explore both the opportunities and the challenges created by this restructuring effort.

Facilitator:
Kristie Kauerz, program director (early learning), Education Commission of the States



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 7 – Reinventing State Finance and Accountability: Colorado's College Vouchers and Performance Contracts (session #357)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
The College Opportunity Fund is first-of-its-kind legislation designed to restructure Colorado higher education finance and state regulatory oversight. Beginning in fall 2005, state funding for higher education will go directly to students in the form of stipends and to colleges in fee-for-service contracts. Moreover, institutions of higher education will experience real reductions in state regulatory oversight in return for agreeing to fulfill terms outlined in institutional performance contracts. These sweeping changes have received national and international attention. Come discuss how these changes are intended to improve higher education quality and accountability.

Facilitator:
Matt Gianneschi, chief academic officer, Colorado Commission on Higher Education



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 8 – The Importance of Mobility to the Recruitment and Retention of Quality Teachers (session #358)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
The lack of reciprocity in licensing, restrictions on pension portability and the unwillingness or inability of most districts to pay teachers for accrued experience discourage veteran teachers from seeking teaching opportunities in other districts or states. These barriers create problems for experienced teachers whose families relocate or who wish to take advantage of market opportunities. As a result, good teachers leave the profession prematurely. Similarly, talented individuals are discouraged from considering teaching as a career. This applies both to college students preparing to start their careers and to the skilled workforce looking for mid-career changes.

Facilitator:
Virginia Pilato, director of certification and accreditation, Maryland State Department of Education, and president, National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 9 – High School Reform: What States are Doing (session #359)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
High schools are facing increased pressure to improve graduation rates and students' preparation for post-diploma education and work. States undertaking high school reform most likely will address numerous areas, including curriculum and standards, assessment, student support and remediation, and postsecondary alignment and access. Come learn what policies can enhance student engagement and achievement in each of these areas, and which states are taking which approaches.

Facilitator:
Jennifer Dounay, policy analyst (information management and ECS Clearinghouse), Education Commission of the States



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 10 – Partnership for 21st Century Skills (session #360)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
A number of education organizations and international corporations have created the Partnership for 21st Century Skills to ensure American students leave school with the skills necessary to thrive in this century. All students today must have high levels of competency in communications, analysis, collaboration, technology and problem solving, as well as deep understanding of the multicultural global community in which they live. As accountability systems are set up to measure what is of value in contemporary life, the Partnership is working to assist state policymakers implement approaches that will prepare students meet the civic and economic challenges of today's world.

Facilitator:
Barbara Stein, senior policy analyst, National Education Association



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 11 – Leading for Change in Tough Times: Maintaining a Focus on Citizenship Education and Service-Learning (session #361)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
Looking for a chance to talk about the importance of vision, leadership and the civic mission of education? Interested in a pedagogy that can help engage students in school while serving their community? Join a discussion of the elements of leadership for change, based on the experience of educators nationwide, as expressed in the ECS document Learning That Lasts. This resource, along with service-learning and citizenship education strategies and examples from districts across the country, will be shared.

Facilitator:
Jennifer Piscatelli, policy analyst (service-learning and citizenship education), Education Commission of the States



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 12 – Implementing NCLB: Sharing Challenges and Lessons Learned (session #362)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
Come share how your state has dealt with issues generated by or related to the No Child Left Behind Act. What's been the most challenging concern for your state, and how was it solved? What's working well in your state that you would like to share with others?

Facilitator:
Kathy Christie, vice president of information management and ECS Clearinghouse, Education Commission of the States



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 13 – Preparing Every Student for College and Career Success: How an Expanded AP Program Raises Standards and Achievement for All Students (session #363)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
Florida, Texas, California, Virginia, Arkansas and many other states have expanded access to Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Specific strategies include increasing the rigor of middle school courses, increasing the quality and intensity of teacher training in grades 6-12, using AP Vertical Teams to align the grades 6-12 curriculum, and using AP Potential as a tool to identify more prospective AP students. Participants will be encouraged to discuss their own strategies for increasing rigor and providing support for all students in these more challenging courses.

Facilitators:
Kathy Smith, principal, Cherry Creek High School; and Kenneth Woods, chief, Higher Education Services, The College Board



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 14 – Pay for Performance and Redesigning Teacher Pay Policies (session #364)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
Diversifying the way teachers are paid – and in particular, paying teachers on some measure of performance – is gaining support as a possible vehicle to improve the quality of teaching, increase accountability, increase student achievement, and attract and retain quality teachers where they are needed most. Schools, districts and states are experimenting more than ever before with individual performance pay based on standards-based teacher evaluation scores, school-based awards related to student-performance gains, market incentives and pay for more professional development.

Facilitators:
Tricia Coulter, director, ECS teaching quality and leadership institute; and
Josh Greenman, director of strategy and communications, The Teaching Commission



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 15 – The ACME Network: Using Technology To Link Experts and Students (session #365)
Cyber Cafe, Tower Court A, Second Floor, Tower Building
ACME Animation On-Air is an interactive network that connects students to professional sources and field experts in the world of animation. Videoconferencing is used to bring together art students from middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities with top animators from Disney, DreamWorks, Pixar, Warner Bros., Sony and boutique studios. Students are offered a variety of challenging learning experiences critiqued and supported by animation experts. ACME staff weave together the challenging curriculum to ensure students meet state and national art standards. (This session will be held in the Cyber Cafe located in Tower Court A, Second Floor, Tower Building.)

Facilitator:
Dave Master, curriculum director, ACME Network



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 16 – What Americans Expect of High Schools (session #366)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
The Educational Testing Service's (ETS) fifth annual national survey in the Americans Speak series examines public attitudes about high school reform. The survey reveals what parents, educators and taxpayers expect a high school education to deliver, and how well they think our schools are preparing students to compete and succeed in a global economy. What do Americans think? How should political leaders respond?

Facilitator:
Les Francis, vice president of communications and public affairs, ETS



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 17 – Keeping the Arts Strong in Schools: What States Are Doing (session #367)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
The arts in education are typically viewed as extraneous to achieving state and school education goals. But a growing body of evidence suggests the arts may be an effective means to close achievement gaps, lower dropout rates, and prepare students for college and the workforce. Find out how states -- and districts -- are making the arts an essential and integral part of students' education.

Facilitator:
Mary Fulton, policy analyst (school finance and arts in education), Education Commission of the States



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 18 – High Expectations for All: How One School District Is Closing the Achievement Gap (session #368)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
The Fountain-Ft. Carson school district in Colorado is using a systemic approach to raising student achievement and closing the achievement gap. This approach to school effectiveness includes actions/strategies in each of three areas: philosophy, processes and implementation. Expect an interactive discussion among participants about strategies on curriculum alignment, benchmark implementation, leadership, improving teaching and learning, and data analysis.

Facilitator:
Dwight Jones, superintendent, Fountain-Ft. Carson School District, and ECS commissioner



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 19 – Institutional Autonomy and the Public Good: Higher Education Restructuring in Virginia (session #369)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
Virginia's 2005 General Assembly approved legislation that grants colleges and universities autonomy in such areas as human resources, procurement and construction. The autonomy comes with commitments by the institutions to address state priorities for access, affordability, academic programs, research, economic development and improvement of K-12 student achievement. Join members of the governor’s office and institutional representatives in a discussion about how this new relationship benefits the state and the institutions, as well as students and parents.

Facilitator:
Peter Blake, deputy secretary of education, Office of Governor Mark R. Warner

Other Participants Include:
H. Lane Kneedler, partner, Reed Smith LLP; and C. Maureen Stinger, associate, Reed Smith LLP



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 20 – What We Know and Need To Know about Charter School Performance and Impacts (session #370)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
Proponents and opponents seize upon any charter school research that supports their perspectives. But, rarely do policymakers get an objective view of what new research is telling us, and what we still need to know more about. This roundtable will assess and present some new research on charter performance, parent information, parent satisfaction and other key issues.

Facilitator:
Paul Teske, Graduate School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado, Denver



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 21 – What Are Good Formative Tests, and How Should They Be Used? (session #371)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
Formative assessments are measurement tools used by teachers to assess student understanding of topics and skills currently being taught. These assessments include classroom quizzes, worksheets, homework and observations of class work. Externally produced tests such as item banks may be used for formative testing if the test items can be selected to cover the content currently being taught. Come to this roundtable to learn how to use formative assessments and how they differ from other types of tests currently being used in schools.

Facilitators:
Jane Armstrong, senior policy advisor, Education Commission of the States; and Stuart Kahl, president, Measured Progress



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 22 – Changing Governance To Improve Schools: Teacher Professional Partnerships (session #372)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
In Milwaukee and some schools in Minnesota, teachers are organizing schools into professional partnerships that have the responsibility and authority to ensure student success. These partnerships decide school operating practices, make work assignments, conduct teaching and learning aligned to the district's standards and set their own compensation. Teachers may remain employees of the district or be "leased" to partnership schools by the district. Rather than school boards, these partnerships have school councils. Learn how this new model works to improve schools and student learning.

Facilitator:
Ted Kolderie, senior associate, Center for Policy Studies



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 23 – Preparing Urban Students for Success in College: The Philadelphia Story (session #373)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
A new college-prep curriculum is being used in Philadelphia to help raise student achievement and better prepare students to get into college and do well once they get there. In 2000, only about one-fourth of incoming high school freshmen made it to graduation and into their first year of college. A new managed instructional system has been designed that includes tightly aligned curriculum materials, professional development for teachers and regular diagnostic tests for students. Learn how this new instructional system is working and what promise it holds for ensuring student success.

Facilitators:
Creg Williams, superintendent, St. Louis Public Schools and former deputy chief academic officer, Philadelphia Public Schools; and Seppy Basili, senior vice president, Kaplan K12 Learning Services



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 24 – Accountability for Better Results: A National Imperative for Higher Education (session #374)
Grand Ballroom I, Second Floor, Tower Building
Come discuss the report from the National Commission on Accountability in Higher Education that challenges policymakers and educators to shoulder their share of accountability in a better system of accountability. This fresh approach provides valid and dependable information to monitor results, target problems and mobilize the will, resources and creativity to improve performance. The National Commission recommends key roles for state education leaders to ensure accountability for a national agenda for higher education.

Facilitators:
Paul E. Lingenfelter, executive director, State Higher Education Executive Officers; and Tad Perry, executive director, South Dakota Board of Regents



4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
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Roundtable 25 – A New Path for No Child Left Behind (session #375)
Under U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, the U.S. Department of Education has defined a new flexibility initiative regarding the No Child Left Behind Act. This roundtable discussion will outline how states that show results and follow the "bright line" principles in the act will be eligible for new tools – additional flexibility – to help them meet the goal of getting every child to grade level by 2013-14.

Facilitator:
Alan Endicott, special assistant for regional services, Office of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs, U.S. Department of Education



5:00 PM -- 5:45 PM
ECS 40th Anniversary Commissioners' Reception (session #380)
Windows, Second Floor, Tower Building
Celebration of ECS' 40th Anniversary.



6:00 PM -- 6:00 PM
Buses Depart for Red Rocks Amphitheatre (session #389)
Hotel Main Lobby
Please meet at the hotel's front entrance. Bring a light sweater or jacket, and if rain is in the forecast, an umbrella.



6:30 PM -- 9:00 PM
Food, Fun and Rock ‘n’ Roll! (session #390)
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
If you were at last year's National Forum, you know Capitol Offense Rocks! Don't miss this VIP performance of Governor Mike Huckabee's band at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and enjoy the evening at this special Colorado landmark. Denver School of the Arts (DSA) jazz band, led by Dave Hammond, band director, will open for Capitol Offense. DSA is the only public comprehensive secondary arts magnet school in the Rocky Mountain region. Students in grades 6-12 are provided opportunities to grow academically and artistically in a nontuition public school magnet program. Many of these students continue their studies in university or conservatory settings.

The entertainment segment of this event is sponsored by NAMM, the International Music Products Association.



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Thursday, July 14, 2005

7:30 AM -- 9:45 AM
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Chairman's Breakfast (session #410)
Grand Ballroom, Second Floor, Tower Building

Celebrating Education Reform
To kick off this session, Governor Mike Huckabee will present the ECS Frank Newman Award for State Innovation to two states, Florida and Utah. Governor Jeb Bush, and ECS commissioner, will accept the award on behalf of Florida and Lieutenant Governor Gary R. Herbert will accept for Utah. Both will discuss the education reform initiatives in each of their states that earned them the award.

Two additional awards will be presented at the breakfast. The Hewlett-Packard Company has been chosen to receive the ECS Corporate Award, and Mike Huckabee will present the Chairman's Award to Plαcido Domingo in recognition of his support for the arts in education, Huckabee's ECS chairman's initiative.

The Arts – A Lifetime of Learning
Creativity and adaptability have become the watchwords of the 21st century. But are America's schools and universities providing students with these skills? Many business leaders don't believe so. The ECS chairman's initiative on arts in education wants to ensure every child has the opportunity to learn about, enjoy and participate directly in the arts. Sir Ken Robinson, senior advisor for education to the Getty Foundation, will engage policymakers in understanding the connection among the arts in education, creativity and remaining competitive in a global workforce.



7:30 AM -- 5:30 PM
Registration Desk Open (session #400)
South Convention Lobby, Second Floor, Tower Building


7:30 AM -- 5:30 PM
Cyber Cafe Open (session #405)
Tower Court A, Second Floor, Tower Building
Stop by to see what's new on ECS' Web site. Computers are provided for your use by HP.



9:45 AM -- 10:00 AM
Break (session #415)
South Convention Lobby, Second Floor, Tower Building


10:00 AM -- 11:25 AM
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Are We Preparing Teachers Better? How Do We Know? (session #423)
Century, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
The quality of teachers and teaching is vitally linked to improving student success in schools, and the quality of preparation teachers get is a critical component in improving teaching. Interact with some of the nation’s leaders in efforts to improve the quality and responsiveness of teacher preparation.



10:00 AM -- 11:25 AM
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Pre-Kindergarten: Targeting the Achievement Gap Early (session #421)
Denver, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
The research evidence confirming early learning is a good investment for long-lasting success in school is multiplying. Explore how states can create pre-K programs that prepare at-risk and other students for kindergarten – and lifelong learning. And find out what results states can expect from this investment.



10:00 AM -- 11:25 AM
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Charter Schools as a Takeover Strategy: Challenges and Opportunites (session #422)
Spruce, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
One of the most controversial sanctions in the No Child Left Behind Act allows districts to close chronically low-performing schools and reopen them as charter schools. Will implementing this strategy improve student performance more so than working within the traditional public school system? Learn the challenges and opportunities of this policy approach and hear what leaders in two states have to say about their initial experience with sanctions.



10:00 AM -- 11:25 AM
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Using Data To Improve Student Achievement (session #424)
Cyber Cafe, Tower Court A, Second Floor, Tower Building
The Data Partnership is a collaborative effort to improve the collection and use of data to improve student achievement, make comparisons and benchmark best practices. What is the partnership finding? How are data systems and their results leading to improved school performance and student learning? Representatives from several federal-, private- and foundation-sponsored data efforts will examine how well schools and districts are performing.



10:00 AM -- 11:25 AM
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The Rhyme and Reasons for Keeping the Arts Strong in Schools (session #425)
Silver, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
No Child Left Behind and a number of states define the arts as a core subject. Research shows the arts can help reduce dropout rates, close student achievement gaps and meet other state education goals. But obstacles often place the arts on the margin. Hear how Arkansas overcame some of these barriers through recent legislation, what issues may surface once the demand for arts is created, and how state policymakers can ensure more students benefit from the arts.



10:00 AM -- 11:25 AM
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The National Collaborative for Postsecondary Education Policy: Results from Two States (session #426)
Colorado, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
Since 2003, the National Collaborative for Postsecondary Education Policy has been working in five states to study and help state leaders respond to key policy questions related to student preparation, affordability, enrollment, graduation, acquisition of knowledge and skills, and state benefits. Leaders from two of these states will share what they've learned and describe the new policies and action plans they developed to improve postsecondary education.



11:45 AM -- 1:45 PM
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Plenary Lunch (session #430)
Grand Ballroom, Second Floor, Tower Building

No Child Left Behind: Raising Achievement for All
U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings will deliver remarks on the importance of raising achievement for all children and will detail achievement gains across the country for all students.

The Innovator’s Dilemma – and Solution!
Learning from business innovations – and business failures – suggests educators and policymakers should pay at least as much attention to "disruptive opportunities" (simple, yet innovative ideas or products) as to the needs of their best customers. Clayton M. Christensen, author of The Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth, will suggest ways education policymakers can exploit disruptive opportunities to improve student achievement.



1:45 PM -- 2:15 PM
Break (session #435)
South Convention Lobby, Second Floor, Tower Building


2:15 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Creating Great Leaders To Take Innovations to Scale (session #441)
Denver, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
Policy barriers, limited resources and organizational structures can foster unimaginative, unplanned or unsuccessful education systems. Learn and discuss how state policy can help urban districts provide teaching and learning environments that help children succeed. Based on the experiences of The Wallace Foundation state grantees and research on the district winners of the Broad Prize, this session will offer policy insights, successful practices and other developments needed to take innovative leadership approaches to scale.



2:15 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Student-based Budgeting and Beyond (session #442)
Spruce, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
Every year, the United States spends over $500 billion on public elementary and secondary schools. Yet these financial resources are not managed in ways that encourage and reinforce efforts to improve educational outcomes. This session will describe how student-based budgeting is affecting spending, accountability, governance and funding issues in districts across the country.



2:15 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Creating the Political Will To Staff Our Hardest-to-Staff Schools (session #443)
Century, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
No issue is more important in closing the achievement gap than ensuring every child has a highly qualified teacher. Building on Virginia Governor Mark R. Warner's agenda as 2003-04 ECS chairman, this session will explore ways to encourage, train, appropriately pay and support teachers to work in our most difficult schools -- and create the political will to do so.



2:15 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Strengthening the Bridge from High School to Postsecondary Education (session #444)
Gold, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
According to recent statistics, 80% of new jobs in coming decades will require some form of postsecondary education. Yet, nationwide, only 20% of 9th graders entering the education pipeline graduate with a college degree by the age of 24. In a knowledge-based economy and complex democracy, the transition from high school to college has never been more vital. Come and be part of this lively policy discussion, as panelists delve into the issues of dual enrollment, early college high schools, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs, and their impact on college participation.



2:15 PM -- 3:30 PM
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No Child Left Behind -- What’s Working? What’s Not? (session #445)
Silver, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
States have had three years to design and implement the No Child Left Behind legislation. As implementation continues, however, important issues are emerging. For example, how are states ensuring authorized providers of supplemental education services are getting the job done? How are they guaranteeing student information systems house quality data? How are some unique choices of "other indicators" playing out? State and district superintendents will provide "in-the-trenches" feedback for session attendees.

Any policymaker attending this session will be invited to join the panel.



3:30 PM -- 4:00 PM
Break (session #447)
South Convention Lobby, Second Floor, Tower Building


4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
ECS at 40: Celebrating 40 Years of Education Advocacy (session #451)
Silver, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
Prominent former ECS chairmen will reflect on the legacy of ECS co-founder, the late governor Terry Sanford, the success of their initiatives and the road ahead for ECS.



6:00 PM -- 7:00 PM
Reception (session #470)
South Convention Lobby, Second Floor, Tower Building


7:00 PM -- 8:45 PM
James Bryant Conant Award Banquet (session #480)
Grand Ballroom, Second Floor, Tower Building
The James Bryant Conant Award for exceptional service to education, named for ECS' co-founder, is one of the most prestigious honors in the education community. This year, we will recognize Sharon Lynn Kagan, associate dean for policy at Columbia University's Teachers College, for her outstanding contributions to American education. In addition, former Conant 1981 award winner Terry Sanford will be acknowledged for his role as co-founder and first chairman of ECS.



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Friday, July 15, 2005

7:30 AM -- 10:00 AM
Registration Desk Open (session #500)
South Convention Lobby, Second Floor, Tower Building


7:30 AM -- 9:30 AM
State Policy for P-20 Alignment Invitational Meeting (session #512)
Century, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building
To encourage and support student success from early learning through postsecondary education, policies are needed to improve the alignment of the various education systems. The Colorado-based Donnell-Kay Foundation will host a meeting of state policymakers from across the country to discuss and share strategies for possible system alignment. Some of the issues to be discussed include finance policies, governance structures, curriculum coherency, preparation and professional development of teachers and staff, and outreach and counseling support.



8:00 AM -- 9:30 AM
National Forum Committee Meeting (session #520)
Gold, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building


10:00 AM -- 5:00 PM
Legislative Education Staff Network Invitational Meeting (session #540)
Silver, Mezzanine Level, Tower Building


 
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