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National Forum 2012

 


  ECS National Forum Speakers
  
John Barge, State Superintendent of Schools, Georgia Department of Education, Georgia
Monday, July 9, 2012
6:00 PM — 7:00 PM
Welcome Reception at Hotel (session #140)
Welcome Remarks from Georgia Superintendent John Barge.
  
Virginia Barry, Commissioner of Education, New Hampshire Department of Education, New Hampshire
Virginia Barry
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.
  
Katherine Bassett, Director of Policy and Partnerships, Pearson, Inc., New Jersey
Katherine Bassett
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.
  
David Bosso, 2012 Connecticut State Teacher of the Year, Berlin High School, Connecticut
David Bosso
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.
  
Gene Bottoms, Senior Vice President, Southern Regional Education Board, Georgia
Gene Bottoms
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.
  
Sarah Brown Wessling, 2010 National Teacher of the Year, Johnston High School, Iowa
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
10:00 AM — 11:00 AM
Stakes in the Ground: Some Guiding Principles for High-Quality Teacher Support (session #318)
The education strategy of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is based on a belief that every student should have the opportunity, regardless of race, zip code, or income level, to receive a great education. Through the work of the foundation’s grantees and partners, the foundation has found that inside the school, teaching matters most, and when schools and districts focus on how to evaluate, support, and develop teachers, they can see dramatic results. Gates will make the case for quality teacher evaluation and development programs and why it is important for state policymakers to play a key role in these efforts.
  
Warren BuckleitnerEditor, Children’s Technology Review, Contributor to the New York Times blog Gadgetwise , New Jersey
Warren Buckleitner
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.
  
Rebecca Chambers, Program Manager for College Readiness, Georgia Department of Education, Georgia
Rebecca Chambers
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."
  
Mitchell Chester, Commissioner of Education, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Massachusetts
Mitchell Chester
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
1:30 PM — 2:20 PM
What Policymakers Need to Know about the Common Core State Standards Assessments (session #340)
Learn about the new CCSS assessments straight from the consortia leaders themselves. Find out how these new assessments are intended to impact instruction and learning in our nation’s schools and what you need to know to make informed assessment policy decisions in your state.
  
David Coleman, Founding Partner, Student Achievement Partners, New York
David Coleman
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
3:00 PM — 3:55 PM
Implementing the Common Core State Standards (session #240)
Informed by leading education models around the world and grounded in evidence of the knowledge students must have to succeed in college and careers, the Common Core State Standards provide a consistent and focused picture of the skills that are most essential for students to master in literacy and math. Robert Corcoran and David Coleman will discuss the key research underlying the Common Core State Standards and the implications for instruction, curriculum, and assessment.
  
David Coleman, Founding Partner, Student Achievement Partners, New York
David Coleman
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, Founding Partner, Student Achievement Partners, New York (Reactor)
David Coleman
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
2:30 PM — 4:30 PM
Seamless P-20 Transitions Through Implementation of the Common Core (session #350)
Experts from several Common Core-adopting states will describe how efforts aimed at improving student transitions at critical junctures – pre-K to kindergarten, 3rd grade reading, high school to postsecondary, and postsecondary to workforce – are being informed and supported by efforts to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and related assessments. This two-hour workshop will provide the opportunity for thought leaders to respond to state approaches, and for Q + A between audience members, state experts and thought leaders. Critical discussion for any state implementing the Common Core.
  
Richard Coley, Executive Director, Educational Testing Service, New Jersey
Richard Coley
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.
  
Michael Collins, Program Director, Jobs for the Future, Massachusetts
Mike Collins
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.
  
Robert Corcoran, President, GE Foundation, Connecticut
Robert L. Corcoran
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
3:00 PM — 3:55 PM
Implementing the Common Core State Standards (session #240)
Informed by leading education models around the world and grounded in evidence of the knowledge students must have to succeed in college and careers, the Common Core State Standards provide a consistent and focused picture of the skills that are most essential for students to master in literacy and math. Robert Corcoran and David Coleman will discuss the key research underlying the Common Core State Standards and the implications for instruction, curriculum, and assessment.
  
John Danner, Co-Founder and CEO, Rocketship Education, California
John Danner
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
11:00 AM — 12:00 PM
Technology in the Classroom: How to Do It Right! (session #212)
Blended learning is much more than having computers in the classroom. Discover the ten technology standards and the model policies to support these standards that are needed to implement a successful “blended learning” model. Learn about the critical components of blended learning that lead to student achievement.
  
John Danner, Co-Founder and CEO, Rocketship Education, California
John Danner
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.
  
Jennifer Davis, President & CEO, National Center on Time & Learning, Massachusetts
Jennifer Davis
Monday, July 9, 2012
4:10 PM — 4:55 PM
Funding Education Innovation in a Down Economy (session #130)
Innovative education programs are more important now than ever – but how can you push innovation in a tight economy? This session will look at real world solutions to this problem by highlighting two innovative state and district education programs that are being undertaken right now with little or no funding available.
  
Jeanne DelColle, 2012 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year, Burlington County Institute of Technology, New Jersey
Jeanne DelColle
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.
  
Cheryl Orr, Senior Vice President, Complete College America, Indiana
Cheryl Orr Dixon
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.
  
Lexie Domaradzki, Owner, REACH Education Consulting, Washington
Lexie Domaradzki
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.
  
Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Senior Policy Analyst and Co-Director, ECS Information Clearinghouse, Education Commission of the States, Colorado
Jennifer Dounay Zinth
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.
  
Mark Edwards, Superintendent, Mooresville Graded School District, North Carolina
Mark Edwards
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
11:00 AM — 12:00 PM
Technology in the Classroom: How to Do It Right! (session #212)
Blended learning is much more than having computers in the classroom. Discover the ten technology standards and the model policies to support these standards that are needed to implement a successful “blended learning” model. Learn about the critical components of blended learning that lead to student achievement.
  
Mark Edwards, Superintendent, Mooresville Graded School District, North Carolina
Mark Edwards
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.
  
Brenda Elliott, Executive Director of Student Services, Guilford County Schools, North Carolina

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.
  
Michael Fullan, Professor Emeritus and Special Advisor to the Premier, University of Toronto, Ontario
Michael Fullan
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
8:15 AM — 9:00 AM
Choosing the Right Drivers for Whole System Reform (session #207)
This presentation will examine the type of policies and related strategies often intended to bring about system reform that results in greater achievement for all students. Four surprising “wrong drivers” (policies that fail to have a positive impact) will be identified, along with four "right drivers.” Actions for moving forward will be discussed.
  
Michael Fullan, Professor Emeritus and Special Advisor to the Premier, University of Toronto, Ontario
Michael Fullan
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.
  
Bill Gates, Co-Chair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Washington
Bill Gates
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
10:00 AM — 11:00 AM
Stakes in the Ground: Some Guiding Principles for High-Quality Teacher Support (session #318)
The education strategy of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is based on a belief that every student should have the opportunity, regardless of race, zip code, or income level, to receive a great education. Through the work of the foundation’s grantees and partners, the foundation has found that inside the school, teaching matters most, and when schools and districts focus on how to evaluate, support, and develop teachers, they can see dramatic results. Gates will make the case for quality teacher evaluation and development programs and why it is important for state policymakers to play a key role in these efforts.
  
Matt Gianneschi, Deputy Executive Director, Colorado Department of Higher Education, Colorado (Speaker)
Matt Gianneschi
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
2:30 PM — 4:30 PM
Seamless P-20 Transitions Through Implementation of the Common Core (session #350)
Experts from several Common Core-adopting states will describe how efforts aimed at improving student transitions at critical junctures – pre-K to kindergarten, 3rd grade reading, high school to postsecondary, and postsecondary to workforce – are being informed and supported by efforts to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and related assessments. This two-hour workshop will provide the opportunity for thought leaders to respond to state approaches, and for Q + A between audience members, state experts and thought leaders. Critical discussion for any state implementing the Common Core.
  
Michael Griffith, Senior Policy Analyst, Education Commission of the States, Colorado
Michael Griffith
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.
  
E. D. Hirsch, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Education and Humanities, University of Virginia, Virginia
E. D. Hirsch, Jr.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
10:00 AM — 11:00 AM
How Can America Regain Its Competitive Edge? (session #211)
Experience an extraordinary interview with extraordinary leaders by renowned PBS Education Correspondent, John Merrow. Dr. Merrow will explore education and workforce issues and challenges currently facing states and how America’s competitive edge can be restored. This session promises to be full of insights for all Forum participants!
  
Kathy Hrabluk, Associate Superintendent, Arizona Department of Education, Arizona (Speaker)
Kathy Hrabluk
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
2:30 PM — 4:30 PM
Seamless P-20 Transitions Through Implementation of the Common Core (session #350)
Experts from several Common Core-adopting states will describe how efforts aimed at improving student transitions at critical junctures – pre-K to kindergarten, 3rd grade reading, high school to postsecondary, and postsecondary to workforce – are being informed and supported by efforts to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and related assessments. This two-hour workshop will provide the opportunity for thought leaders to respond to state approaches, and for Q + A between audience members, state experts and thought leaders. Critical discussion for any state implementing the Common Core.
  
Marguerite Izzo, 2007 New York State Teacher of the Year, Malverne School District, New York
Marguerite Izzo
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.
  
Sally Johnstone, Vice President, Academic Advancement, Western Governors University, Colorado
Sally Johnstone
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
12:10 PM — 1:15 PM
Plenary Lunch: Performance-Based Systems: How Do We Get There & Make Them Work? (session #330)
Using the Western Governors University as a model, Dr. Johnstone will outline how an institution that is completely performance-based can successfully operate with a focus on student success. She will also review a series of barriers to the implementation of state-level performance-based funding for public education, and challenge participants to work toward overcoming those barriers in their own states.
  
Kristie Kauerz, Program Director, PreK-3rd Education, University of Washington, Washington
Kristie Kauerz
Monday, July 9, 2012
11:30 AM — 2:30 PM
Closing Achievement Gaps Using a P-3 Approach (session #115)

THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL.
This session will address preschool through 3rd grade (P-3) as the crucial foundation for student achievement and school success. The session will provide not only a framework for understanding the comprehensive nature of P-3 reforms, but also specific ideas about the policies and practices needed to meaningfully impact young students’ learning opportunities. Participants will have the chance to examine their own early childhood and early elementary efforts and consider strategic ways to strengthen and expand alignment from preschool through 3rd grade. This session will provide theoretical, empirical, and practical perspectives on improving education for young learners.

  
Paul Kelley, CEO, Innovation Trust, United Kingdom
Paul Kelley
Monday, July 9, 2012
3:25 PM — 4:10 PM
Innovation and Experiment to Create a Science of Learning (session #126)
Science and technology have transformed society. In education, change is coming — with science, rather than tradition, shaping the way we learn in the future. Paul Kelley will show how innovation based on good science can transform learning and educational progress. Based on the results of these innovations, he will argue how the US, as the world leader in neuroscience and technology, can become a world leader in learning.
  
Paul Kelley, CEO, Innovation Trust, United Kingdom
Paul Kelley
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.
  
Lillian Kellogg, Vice President, Education Networks of America, Tennessee
Lillian Kellogg
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.
  
Avis King, Deputy Superintendent, Georgia Department of Education, Georgia
Avis King
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."
  
Alyson Klein, Staff Writer, Ed Week, Maryland
Alyson Klein
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.
  
Gene Koo, Executive Director, iCivics Inc., District of Columbia
Gene Koo
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.
  
Joanne Leonard, Director of Accountability, Georgia Department of Education, Georgia
Joanne Leonard
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."
  
Joan Liptrot, Executive Director, Institute for Global Education and Service Learning, Pennsylvania
Joan Liptrot
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.
  
Terry Lock, State Early Childhood Coordinator, State of Hawaii, Hawaii (Speaker)
Terry Lock
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
2:30 PM — 4:30 PM
Seamless P-20 Transitions Through Implementation of the Common Core (session #350)
Experts from several Common Core-adopting states will describe how efforts aimed at improving student transitions at critical junctures – pre-K to kindergarten, 3rd grade reading, high school to postsecondary, and postsecondary to workforce – are being informed and supported by efforts to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and related assessments. This two-hour workshop will provide the opportunity for thought leaders to respond to state approaches, and for Q + A between audience members, state experts and thought leaders. Critical discussion for any state implementing the Common Core.
  
Robert Manseau, Principal, Campbell High School, New Hampshire
Robert Manseau
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.
  
Hon. Jack Markell, Governor, State of Delaware, Delaware
Jack Markell
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
9:05 AM — 9:35 AM
Jobs for America’s Graduates (session #208)
For over 30 years, JAG has significantly impacted graduation rates and successful transitions after high school graduation, while focusing on at risk students. Find out how your state can benefit from this model and be a part of the success.
  
Hon. Jack Markell, Governor, State of Delaware, Delaware
Jack Markell
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
10:00 AM — 11:00 AM
How Can America Regain Its Competitive Edge? (session #211)
Experience an extraordinary interview with extraordinary leaders by renowned PBS Education Correspondent, John Merrow. Dr. Merrow will explore education and workforce issues and challenges currently facing states and how America’s competitive edge can be restored. This session promises to be full of insights for all Forum participants!
  
John Merrow, President, Learning Matters, Inc., New York
John Merrow
Monday, July 9, 2012
1:00 PM — 3:00 PM
2012 State Teachers of the Year (Invitation Only) (session #121)
2012 State Teachers of the Year will receive an overview of this year’s Forum activities and learn more about the roles they will play at the 2012 Forum. State Teachers of the Year will engage with high-level policymakers and ECS Commissioners to exchange practitioner and policymaker perspectives on high-profile education policies and learn the most effective ways to impact education policy in their own states.
  
John Merrow, Education Correspondent, PBS and President, Learning Matters, Inc., New York
John Merrow
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
10:00 AM — 11:00 AM
How Can America Regain Its Competitive Edge? (session #211)
Experience an extraordinary interview with extraordinary leaders by renowned PBS Education Correspondent, John Merrow. Dr. Merrow will explore education and workforce issues and challenges currently facing states and how America’s competitive edge can be restored. This session promises to be full of insights for all Forum participants!
  
Joseph U. Meyer, Secretary, Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Kentucky (Speaker)
Joseph U. Meyer
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
2:30 PM — 4:30 PM
Seamless P-20 Transitions Through Implementation of the Common Core (session #350)
Experts from several Common Core-adopting states will describe how efforts aimed at improving student transitions at critical junctures – pre-K to kindergarten, 3rd grade reading, high school to postsecondary, and postsecondary to workforce – are being informed and supported by efforts to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and related assessments. This two-hour workshop will provide the opportunity for thought leaders to respond to state approaches, and for Q + A between audience members, state experts and thought leaders. Critical discussion for any state implementing the Common Core.
  
Mark Nieker, President/CEO, Pearson Foundation, New York
Mark Nieker
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
9:35 AM — 9:50 AM
Read for the Record and We Give Books Initiatives (session #209)
Once again, the Pearson Foundation is supporting Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Campaign, the one-day literacy celebration that brings young people together with teachers, librarians, and family members to read the same book on the same day. The Pearson Foundation aims to top last year’s record-breaking effort and to draw attention to the important role reading has in shaping a child’s lifetime of learning and success. Record breakers can read the selected book for free via the Pearson Foundation’s We Give Books digital library initiative. With each book read online during the campaign, The Pearson Foundation will donate a classic hardcover or paperback book to an underserved classroom across the United States. Mark will share details of the campaign and highlight ways in which local teachers and education leaders can quickly and easily take part.
  
Barbara Nielsen, former South Carolina State Superintendent, South Carolina
Barbara Nielsen
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.
  
Hon. Sandra Day O'Connor, Co-Chair, National Advisory Council, Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, Maryland
Sandra Day O'Connor
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
8:05 AM — 8:50 AM
The Case for Civic Education (session #307)
Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will tell the remarkable story of how she went from a cowgirl in Arizona to the Supreme Court in Washington, DC. In this wide-ranging talk, Justice O'Connor will share her remarkable story, including insight into being the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court and her passion for reinvigorating civic education in the United States.
  
Hon. Sandra Day O'Connor, Co-Chair, National Advisory Council, Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, Maryland
Sandra Day O'Connor
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.
  
Jeannie Oakes, Director, Educational Opportunity and Scholarship Programs, Ford Foundation, New York
Jeanine Oakes
Monday, July 9, 2012
4:10 PM — 4:55 PM
Funding Education Innovation in a Down Economy (session #130)
Innovative education programs are more important now than ever – but how can you push innovation in a tight economy? This session will look at real world solutions to this problem by highlighting two innovative state and district education programs that are being undertaken right now with little or no funding available.
  
Rick Ogston, Founder and CEO, Carpe Diem Schools, Arizona
Rick Ogston
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
11:00 AM — 12:00 PM
Technology in the Classroom: How to Do It Right! (session #212)
Blended learning is much more than having computers in the classroom. Discover the ten technology standards and the model policies to support these standards that are needed to implement a successful “blended learning” model. Learn about the critical components of blended learning that lead to student achievement.
  
Rick Ogston, Founder and CEO, Carpe Diem Schools, Arizona
Rick Ogston
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.
  
Hon. Beverly Perdue, Governor, State of North Carolina, North Carolina
Hon. Beverly Perdue
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
2:30 PM — 4:30 PM
Seamless P-20 Transitions Through Implementation of the Common Core (session #350)
Experts from several Common Core-adopting states will describe how efforts aimed at improving student transitions at critical junctures – pre-K to kindergarten, 3rd grade reading, high school to postsecondary, and postsecondary to workforce – are being informed and supported by efforts to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and related assessments. This two-hour workshop will provide the opportunity for thought leaders to respond to state approaches, and for Q + A between audience members, state experts and thought leaders. Critical discussion for any state implementing the Common Core.
  
Brian Prescott, Director of Policy Research, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Colorado
Brian Prescott
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.
  
Martha Reichrath, Deputy State Superintendent, Georgia Department of Education, Georgia
Martha Reichrath
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."
  
Laurie Rothhaus, Assistant Principal, Campbell High School, New Hampshire
Laurie Rothhaus
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.
  
Molly Ryan, Assistant Policy Analyst, Education Commission of the States, Colorado
Molly Ryan
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.
  
Hon. Brian Sandoval, Governor, State of Nevada, Nevada
Brian Sandoval
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
9:05 AM — 9:35 AM
Jobs for America’s Graduates (session #208)
For over 30 years, JAG has significantly impacted graduation rates and successful transitions after high school graduation, while focusing on at risk students. Find out how your state can benefit from this model and be a part of the success.
  
William Schmidt, University Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University, Michigan
William Schmidt
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
1:30 PM — 2:20 PM
What Policymakers Need to Know about the Common Core State Standards Assessments (session #340)
Learn about the new CCSS assessments straight from the consortia leaders themselves. Find out how these new assessments are intended to impact instruction and learning in our nation’s schools and what you need to know to make informed assessment policy decisions in your state.
  
Robert Shireman, President, California Competes, California
Robert Shireman
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.
  
Monica Sims, Teacher, Student Achievement Partner Fellow, Chicago Public Schools, Illinois
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.
  
Ken Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Partnerships, LLC, Virginia
Ken Smith
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
9:05 AM — 9:35 AM
Jobs for America’s Graduates (session #208)
For over 30 years, JAG has significantly impacted graduation rates and successful transitions after high school graduation, while focusing on at risk students. Find out how your state can benefit from this model and be a part of the success.
  
Hon. David Sokola, Chair, Senate Education Committee, Delaware Senate, Delaware (Moderator)
David Sokola
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
2:30 PM — 4:30 PM
Seamless P-20 Transitions Through Implementation of the Common Core (session #350)
Experts from several Common Core-adopting states will describe how efforts aimed at improving student transitions at critical junctures – pre-K to kindergarten, 3rd grade reading, high school to postsecondary, and postsecondary to workforce – are being informed and supported by efforts to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and related assessments. This two-hour workshop will provide the opportunity for thought leaders to respond to state approaches, and for Q + A between audience members, state experts and thought leaders. Critical discussion for any state implementing the Common Core.
  
John Squires, Department Head, Mathematics, Chattanooga State Community College, Tennessee
John Squires
Monday, July 9, 2012
4:10 PM — 4:55 PM
Funding Education Innovation in a Down Economy (session #130)
Innovative education programs are more important now than ever – but how can you push innovation in a tight economy? This session will look at real world solutions to this problem by highlighting two innovative state and district education programs that are being undertaken right now with little or no funding available.
  
Uri Treisman, Professor of Mathematics and Executive Director, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas
Uri Treisman
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.
  
Valora Washington, Founder and President, CAYL Institute, Massachusetts
Valora Washington
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
8:50 AM — 9:45 AM
Crossing Boundaries and Building Bridges: Innovations, Opportunities and Lessons Learned Across Education Sectors (session #311)
Education policy must recognize the most obvious yet amazingly neglected truth: that none of us, no matter how brilliant our philosophy, steadfast our efforts or magnificent our administration can move the needle on student success when working alone. Progress requires that we cross boundaries and build bridges with other education sectors, professions, cultures and community institutions. How can each of us be “architects of change” in spite of the many dichotomies that fragment our work? This presentation shares innovations, opportunities and lessons learned from those who dare to cross boundaries and build bridges when working with young learners.
  
Valora Washington, Founder and President, CAYL Institute, Massachusetts
Valora Washington
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, Founder and President, CAYL Institute, Massachusetts (Reactor)
Valora Washington
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
2:30 PM — 4:30 PM
Seamless P-20 Transitions Through Implementation of the Common Core (session #350)
Experts from several Common Core-adopting states will describe how efforts aimed at improving student transitions at critical junctures – pre-K to kindergarten, 3rd grade reading, high school to postsecondary, and postsecondary to workforce – are being informed and supported by efforts to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and related assessments. This two-hour workshop will provide the opportunity for thought leaders to respond to state approaches, and for Q + A between audience members, state experts and thought leaders. Critical discussion for any state implementing the Common Core.
  
Gary Whiteley, Program Director, Alaska Administrator Coaching Project, Alaska
Gary Whiteley
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.
  
Joe Willhoft, Executive Director, SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium, Washington
Joseph Willhoft
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
1:30 PM — 2:20 PM
What Policymakers Need to Know about the Common Core State Standards Assessments (session #340)
Learn about the new CCSS assessments straight from the consortia leaders themselves. Find out how these new assessments are intended to impact instruction and learning in our nation’s schools and what you need to know to make informed assessment policy decisions in your state.
  
Hon. Bob Wise, former Governor, West Virginia and President, Alliance for Excellent Education, District of Columbia
Bob Wise
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
11:00 AM — 12:00 PM
Technology in the Classroom: How to Do It Right! (session #212)
Blended learning is much more than having computers in the classroom. Discover the ten technology standards and the model policies to support these standards that are needed to implement a successful “blended learning” model. Learn about the critical components of blended learning that lead to student achievement.
  
Hon. Bob Wise, Former Governor, West Virginia and President, Alliance for Excellent Education, District of Columbia
Bob Wise
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.
  
Hon. Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education, District of Columbia (Reactor)
Bob Wise
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
2:30 PM — 4:30 PM
Seamless P-20 Transitions Through Implementation of the Common Core (session #350)
Experts from several Common Core-adopting states will describe how efforts aimed at improving student transitions at critical junctures – pre-K to kindergarten, 3rd grade reading, high school to postsecondary, and postsecondary to workforce – are being informed and supported by efforts to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and related assessments. This two-hour workshop will provide the opportunity for thought leaders to respond to state approaches, and for Q + A between audience members, state experts and thought leaders. Critical discussion for any state implementing the Common Core.
  
Asherrie Yisrael, 2012 National Online Teacher of the Year Finalist, Georgia Virtual School, Georgia
Asherrie Yisrael
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.
  
Jason Zimba, Founding Partner, Student Achievement Partners, New York
Jason Zimba
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.

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