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National Forum 2012


  ECS National Forum Concurrent Sessions
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
1:45 PM — 2:45 PM
The Right Drivers for Whole System Reform: More with Michael Fullan (session #225)
This session will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss Dr. Fullan’s ideas about the right and wrong drivers of reform.

Michael Fullan
Michael Fullan, Professor Emeritus and Special Advisor to the Premier, University of Toronto, Ontario
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
1:45 PM — 2:45 PM
Every Student a Citizen: Reinvigorating Service-Learning & Civic Education across P-12 (session #226)
Join state service-learning policy experts from three states to discuss what the defunding of Learn and Serve might mean for service-learning in your state. Learn how and why service-learning continues to gain momentum, and hear suggestions for how state policy can advance service-learning programs in your state.

Richard Coley
Richard Coley, Executive Director, Educational Testing Service, New Jersey

Brenda Elliott, Executive Director of Student Services, Guilford County Schools, North Carolina
Joan Liptrot
Joan Liptrot, Executive Director, Institute for Global Education and Service Learning, Pennsylvania
Molly Ryan
Molly Ryan, Assistant Policy Analyst, Education Commission of the States, Colorado
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
1:45 PM — 2:45 PM
Continuation of Technology in the Classroom: How to Do It Right! (session #227)
More in depth information about how schools and districts are successfully implementing blended learning in schools and how this is leading to greater student achievement.

John Danner
John Danner, Co-Founder and CEO, Rocketship Education, California
Mark Edwards
Mark Edwards, Superintendent, Mooresville Graded School District, North Carolina
Rick Ogston
Rick Ogston, Founder and CEO, Carpe Diem Schools, Arizona
Bob Wise
Hon. Bob Wise, Former Governor, West Virginia and President, Alliance for Excellent Education, District of Columbia
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
1:45 PM — 2:45 PM
Raising Graduation Rates in New Hampshire: Effective Approaches, Lessons Learned (session #228)
In recent years, New Hampshire has adopted a diverse set of innovative efforts that have led to a substantial decrease in the state’s dropout rate. This session will provide details on how the state and school partners identified and implemented these approaches, their impact on student graduation rates, and lessons learned for other states considering adoption of similar strategies.

Virginia Barry
Virginia Barry, Commissioner of Education, New Hampshire Department of Education, New Hampshire
Robert Manseau
Robert Manseau, Principal, Campbell High School, New Hampshire
Laurie Rothhaus
Laurie Rothhaus, Assistant Principal, Campbell High School, New Hampshire
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
1:45 PM — 2:45 PM
"More" with Paul Kelley (session #229)
This is your chance to question Paul Kelley more deeply about ways in which state policy could better support innovation based on good science.

Paul Kelley
Paul Kelley, CEO, Innovation Trust, United Kingdom
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
1:45 PM — 2:45 PM
Building Academic Pathways to the Workforce (session #230)
There is little question that the focus of education reform efforts in both K-12 and postsecondary education is to successfully prepare, enroll and graduate students from postsecondary education with a credential of value in the workforce. While the goal is clear, successful strategies are rare. This session will examine how K-12, postsecondary education and employers can work together to create workforce aligned academic pathways that move students from high school, into postsecondary programs and into high demand workforce opportunities.

Gene Bottoms
Gene Bottoms, Senior Vice President, Southern Regional Education Board, Georgia
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
4:05 PM — 4:55 PM
Using the Common Core State Standards to Drive Achievement (session #250)
Contributing Common Core State Standards authors David Coleman and Jason Zimba will discuss strategies and tools for using the Standards to improve teaching and learning. The discussion will focus on identifying clear instructional shifts required by the Standards and clear strategies for achieving these shifts.

David Coleman
David Coleman, Founding Partner, Student Achievement Partners, New York
Monica Sims, Teacher, Student Achievement Partner Fellow, Chicago Public Schools, Illinois
Jason Zimba
Jason Zimba, Founding Partner, Student Achievement Partners, New York
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
4:05 PM — 4:55 PM
Reconstructing Financial Aid to Increase Completion and Maintain Affordability (session #251)
Financial aid programs at the federal and state level are no longer a simple tool for increasing access to higher education. New state and federal policies are reconfiguring the programs to increase college completion and control postsecondary tuition rates. This session will look at innovative models for maximizing state investments in student financial aid.

Brian Prescott
Brian Prescott, Director of Policy Research, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Colorado
Robert Shireman
Robert Shireman, President, California Competes, California
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
4:05 PM — 4:55 PM
The Appropriate and Effective Use of Technology in Early Childhood Programs (session #252)
Learn about a new position statement about the effective and appropriate uses of technologies and digital media in early childhood programs with children from birth through third grade. Learn about potential benefits and cautions.

Warren Buckleitner
Warren BuckleitnerEditor, Children’s Technology Review, Contributor to the New York Times blog Gadgetwise , New Jersey
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
4:05 PM — 4:55 PM
2012 State Teachers of the Year: The Practitioner’s Perspective on Policy (session #253)
Hear the practitioner perspective on today’s education policy issues – what’s working, what’s not. Learn how the policy really impacts the classroom with deliberate and unintended consequences. Find out how practitioners and policymakers can work together to make meaningful impacts on teacher effectiveness and student achievement.

Katherine Bassett
Katherine Bassett, Director of Policy and Partnerships, Pearson, Inc., New Jersey
David Bosso
David Bosso, 2012 Connecticut State Teacher of the Year, Berlin High School, Connecticut
Jeanne DelColle
Jeanne DelColle, 2012 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year, Burlington County Institute of Technology, New Jersey
Marguerite Izzo
Marguerite Izzo, 2007 New York State Teacher of the Year, Malverne School District, New York
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
4:05 PM — 4:55 PM
21st Century Skills and Civic Literacy: Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders (session #254)
This session will provide an overview of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21’s) exciting new work in promoting civic literacy and 21st century citizenship. The partnership is supported by a new coalition of organizations that are rethinking what it means for schools and learning communities to prepare students to lead in the 21st century. P21 recognizes that leadership in the 21st century will require all students to have a unique combination of the 3R’s and the 4C’s (communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking skills) to be engaged, active global citizens in their communities. This session will also feature new resources and policy guides for state leaders.

Lillian Kellogg
Lillian Kellogg, Vice President, Education Networks of America, Tennessee
Barbara Nielsen
Barbara Nielsen, former South Carolina State Superintendent, South Carolina
Asherrie Yisrael
Asherrie Yisrael, 2012 National Online Teacher of the Year Finalist, Georgia Virtual School, Georgia
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
4:05 PM — 4:55 PM
What Should Early Literacy Policy Look Like if the Goal is Proficiency for All? (session #255)
Thirty-nine states have enacted Early Literacy policies. This session will explore the topics of successful implementation, adaptive leadership, and the systems thinking needed by school leaders to successfully lead fundamental changes in reading instruction. Gary Whiteley and Lexie Domaradzki will use examples from the book School Leaders’ Implementation Field Guide: Designing and Supporting High Performance Teams to suggest the need for specific language in Early Literacy policy.

Lexie Domaradzki
Lexie Domaradzki, Owner, REACH Education Consulting, Washington
Gary Whiteley
Gary Whiteley, Program Director, Alaska Administrator Coaching Project, Alaska
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
11:05 AM — 12:00 PM
School Funding: Where Are We Now? (session #320)
This session will provide an update on the current condition of state education spending nationwide, as well as information on the current status of the U.S. Department of Education’s budget. Ample time will be provided during the latter portion of the session for attendees to ask the experts their school funding questions.

Michael Griffith
Michael Griffith, Senior Policy Analyst, Education Commission of the States, Colorado
Alyson Klein
Alyson Klein, Staff Writer, Ed Week, Maryland
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
11:05 AM — 12:00 PM
Crossing Boundaries and Building Bridges: More with Valora Washington (session #321)
Dr. Washington will talk with participants about crossing boundaries and building bridges when working with young learners.

Valora Washington
Valora Washington, Founder and President, CAYL Institute, Massachusetts
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
11:05 AM — 12:00 PM
Principles of Early Success in Postsecondary Education (session #322)
New research and proven practice is providing a clearer vision on how to increase college completion by more effectively aligning curriculum, delivering basic skills instruction and moving students into academic programs. This session will describe key design principles for both policy and practice on how to increase college completion rates by promoting early academic success.

Mike Collins
Michael Collins, Program Director, Jobs for the Future, Massachusetts
Cheryl Orr Dixon
Cheryl Orr, Senior Vice President, Complete College America, Indiana
Uri Treisman
Uri Treisman, Professor of Mathematics and Executive Director, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
11:05 A — 12:00 PM
Not Your Grandmother’s Civics: A Conversation with Justice O’Connor (session #323)
Join retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor for a lively conversation about why civic education is more important now than ever. She'll discuss and answer questions about how a grandmother became a champion for video games and the vital work she and her organization iCivics are doing to bring excitement to civic education.

Gene Koo
Gene Koo, Executive Director, iCivics Inc., District of Columbia
Sandra Day O'Connor
Hon. Sandra Day O'Connor, Co-Chair, National Advisory Council, Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, Maryland
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
11:05 AM — 12:00 PM
Georgia's College and Career Ready Performance Index and ESEA Flexibility (session #324)
Georgia is among a group of 10 early submission states to be granted US ED approval to waive NCLB/AYP requirements. Georgia's waiver application stresses the implementation of a College and Career Ready Performance Index- a comprehensive platform for accountability, school improvement, and communication. The successful implementation of the CCRPI is highly critical to Georgia State School Superintendent John Barge's mission of "Making Education Work for All Georgians."

Rebecca Chambers
Rebecca Chambers, Program Manager for College Readiness, Georgia Department of Education, Georgia
Avis King
Avis King, Deputy Superintendent, Georgia Department of Education, Georgia
Joanne Leonard
Joanne Leonard, Director of Accountability, Georgia Department of Education, Georgia
Martha Reichrath
Martha Reichrath, Deputy State Superintendent, Georgia Department of Education, Georgia
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
11:05 AM — 12:00 PM
Defining College Readiness: Where Are We Now? Where Do We Go from Here? (session #325)
Many states have either recently established state definitions of “college readiness”, or have efforts underway to create a “college readiness” definition. This session will provide the current landscape of state-level college-readiness definitions, discuss potential benefits and challenges of various aspects of definitions, and propose next steps for states to ensure greater numbers of students complete high school ready for postsecondary education.

Jennifer Dounay Zinth
Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Senior Policy Analyst and Co-Director, ECS Information Clearinghouse, Education Commission of the States, Colorado

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