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National Forum 2013



  Wednesday, June 26, 2013
7:00 AM7:00 PM
Registration Desk (session #300)
7:00 AM8:00 AM
Buffet Breakfast (session #305)
8:00 AM8:30 AM
Welcome Remarks, The Future of Education and Gavel Exchange (session #315)
8:30 AM9:30 AM
Getting to the Third “C”: College, Career, and Citizenship (session #320)
Preparing students to be engaged, productive citizens is one of the foundations of public education. Join several Governors for an interactive conversation about why civic education is critical to our nation’s success and what states can do to make sure that students are college, career, and citizenship ready.

John Hickenlooper
Hon. John Hickenlooper, Governor, State of Colorado, Colorado
Meira Levinson
Meira Levinson, Assistant Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Massachusetts (Moderator)
Jay Nixon
Hon. Jay Nixon, Governor, State of Missouri, Missouri
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Hon. Brian Sandoval, Governor, State of Nevada, Nevada
9:30 AM9:45 AM
Read for the Record (session #325)
Kathy Hurley

Kathy Hurley, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Pearson Education, Virginia
9:45 AM10:00 AM
Break (session #330)
10:00 AM10:45 AM
Assessment Literacy: The Overlooked Ingredient in Educator Effectiveness (session #335)
Despite widespread emphasis on data-driven decision making, the low level of assessment literacy among educators and policy makers leads to practices and programs that inhibit learning and to faulty evaluation systems. Hear what leaders from research, state, and testing perspectives have to say about this situation and how to address it so that we can better engage students, promote growth, narrow achievement gaps, and increase teacher effectiveness.

Stuart Kahl
Stuart Kahl, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Measured Progress, Inc., New Hampshire
W. James Popham
W. James "Jim" Popham, Emeritus Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Los Angeles, California
Mary Ann Snider
Mary Ann Snider, Chief, Division of Educator Quality & Instructional Effectiveness, Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Rhode Island
10:45 AM11:00 AM
Break (session #345)
11:00 AM12:00 PM
More on Assessment Literacy (session #346)
Assessments can engage students, promote growth, narrow achievement gaps and transform teacher effectiveness. This session, following up on the plenary panel, provides an opportunity for attendees to get their questions answered on using assessments to bring students to where we want them to be.

Stuart Kahl
Stuart Kahl, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Measured Progress, Inc., New Hampshire
W. James Popham
W. James "Jim" Popham, Emeritus Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Los Angeles, California
Mary Ann Snider
Mary Ann Snider, Chief, Division of Educator Quality & Instructional Effectiveness, Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Rhode Island
11:00 AM12:00 PM
Math Benefits Kids for Life (session #347)
What are the building blocks of mathematics? How important are they? Doug Clements answers these questions by summarizing recent research and development work, which uncovers surprising gaps, unrealized potentials, and long-range impacts of early math.

Doug Clements
Douglas Clements, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning, Executive Director, Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy & Professor, Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver, Colorado
11:00 AM12:00 PM
Helping Non-Traditional Students Succeed in the Post-Secondary World (session #348)
Learn about effective financial and academic strategies and performance goals that institutions have used to strengthen degree attainment for Hispanic students and postsecondary efforts for adult students that engage the private sector and local economies. Research and practical experience shows that a combination of institutional and state system-level strategies is the best way to facilitate college success of nontraditional students.

Sarita Brown
Sarita Brown, President, Excelencia in Education, District of Columbia 
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Johanna Duncan-Poitier, Senior Vice Chancellor of Community Colleges & the Education Pipeline, State University of New York, New York
Stephen Handel
Stephen Handel, Executive Director, The College Board, California
11:00 AM12:00 PM
Better Serving English Language Learners: A National Imperative (session #349)
Between 1980 and 2009, the school-age population who were English language learners more than doubled, from 10 to 21% of the population in this age range. Despite decades of reform – and some improvement - English language learners continue to lag behind their English-proficient peers on state and national assessments, high school graduation rates, and other measures of school success. Learn at this session about successful strategies for better serving English language learners.

11:00 AM12:00 PM
P-20W Data Governance: Critical Roles for Success (session #350)
P-20W Data Governance defines roles and responsibilities needed to institutionalize the commitment to data quality/use, and organizes work in a systematic way across multiple agencies. Processes include overseeing sharing requests, reviewing and approving data analysis and use processes, and privacy policy. Learn about the role of the P-20W council and how stakeholders can ensure their governance structure is based on policy and user needs and at the same time ensuring privacy while maintaining appropriate access. Maryland is recognized as a national leader in P-20W; in this session, learn about developing and implementing an effective P-20W data governance system as well as lessons learned.

Paige Kowalski
Paige Kowalski, Director, State Policy Initiatives, Data Quality Campaign, District of Columbia
John Ratliff
John Ratliff, Director of Policy, State of Maryland, Maryland
11:00 AM12:00 PM
Common Core and Deeper Learning: A National Case Study (session #351)
The Common Core State Standards have promise for promoting students’ “deeper learning” and 21st century skills development. Using the findings of a National Center for Learning and Citizenship case study as a starting point, this interactive session will focus on ways in which state policy is making a difference in student acquisition of deeper learning skills.

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Lisa Guilfoile, Project Leader, Education Commission of the States, Colorado
Amity Kukla
Amity Kukla, Principal, Grant's Lick Elementary School, Kentucky
Allie Whitehurst
Allie Whitehurst, Culture of Calm Coordinator, Percy L. Julian High School, Illinois
12:00 PM12:15 PM
Break (session #352)
12:15 PM1:45 PM
Awards Ceremony Luncheon (session #353)
1:45 PM2:00 PM
Break (session #354)
2:00 PM3:00 PM
College Counseling: Getting It Right to Achieve Postsecondary Goals (session #355)
Substance over Flash: It takes more than a website to be a strong college counseling program. Learn what emerging research says about the best ways to provide college counseling, especially to underrepresented youth and their parents. Find out which state policies get the biggest impact, especially for first-generation college-goers and traditionally underrepresented students.

Sarita Brown
Sarita Brown, President, Excelencia in Education, District of Columbia
David Hawkins
David Hawkins, Director of Public Policy and Research, National Association for College Admission Counseling, Virginia
Jennifer Dounay Zinth
Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Senior Policy Analyst and Co-Director, ECS Information Clearinghouse, Education Commission of the States, Colorado
2:00 PM3:00 PM
Closing the Gap in What High Schoolers Read and What College Expects (session #356)
Regardless of whether a student aspires to postsecondary education, a job or the military, the reading level required is likely to be higher than what is typically expected of high school graduates. What should state leaders do to close the text complexity gap? Step one: Identify where the gap exists. Step two: Ensure meaningful measurement that is more conducive to instructional interventions and tracking student growth toward expectations of readiness.

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Diane DeBacker, Commissioner of Education, Kansas Department of Education, Kansas
Malbert Smith
Malbert Smith, President, MetaMetrics, Inc., North Carolina
2:00 PM3:00 PM
Enhancing STEM Interest and Success With Diverse and Female Students (session #357)
States are stepping up to improve the quality of STEM instruction and access. States are focusing are directing their improvement efforts in a number of innovative way such as global learning; teacher recruitment and preparation; STEM learner readiness for post-secondary education and career – specifically for low-income students; education policy; public and private partnerships tied to economic development; and public awareness. This session will feature some strong examples from a few states that are leading the way in enhancing STEM interest and success.

Tricia Berry
Tricia Berry, Director, Women in Engineering Program (WEP) Director, Texas Girls Collaborative Project (TxGCP), University of Texas at Austin, Texas
Rose Stuckey Kirk
Rose Stuckey Kirk, President, Verizon Foundation, New Jersey (Moderator)
Jeffrey Weld
Jeff Weld, Director of IMSEP & Executive Director, Governor's STEM Advisory Council, Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership, Iowa
2:00 PM3:00 PM
Put the Money Where the Kids Are: Early Learning Programs (session #358)
Increased funding for early learning programs at the local, state and federal level benefits our kids, our communities, and our country. In this session, talk about the benefits of early investments in learning and how to increase program access and quality.

Michael Griffith
Michael Griffith, Colorado
2:00 PM3:00 PM
Pathways to College Completion (session #359)
The face of postsecondary education is changing dramatically as students seek more accessible, affordable, and flexible options to earn a degree and prepare for the workforce. Meanwhile, most states have set ambitious goals to significantly boost college attainment rates to fill the increasing number of jobs that require some postsecondary education. This session will explore how the rapid expansion of online courses and the movement toward offering credit for prior learning experiences could help more students – including adults and “near completers” – earn a college credential in a timely manner.

Sally Johnstone
Sally Johnstone, Vice President, Academic Advancement, Western Governors University, Utah
David Longanecker
David Longanecker, President, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Colorado
Richard Rhoda
Richard Rhoda, Executive Director, Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Tennessee
Joel Simon
Joel Simon, Associate Vice President for Government Services, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, Illinois
2:00 PM3:00 PM
Delaware’s Data Coaches: A Systems Approach to Improving Teacher Practice (session #360)
As part of its Race to the Top initiative, Delaware implemented a statewide program of Professional Learning Communities. A combination of direct coaching and coach-the-coach support has helped teachers learn to take action with data. Learn about a new model of embedded PD and the results it’s generating.

Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross, Chairman, Cross and Joftus, LLC, California (Moderator)
Pamela Herrera
Pamela Herrera, Instructional Director, Capital School District, Delaware

Heather McKenzie, Delaware Data Coach, Amplify Education, Delaware
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Christopher Ruszkowski, Chief Officer, Teacher & Leader Effectiveness Unit, Delaware Department of Education, Delaware
3:00 PM3:15 PM
Break (session #361)
3:15 PM4:15 PM
Common Core State Standards: From Policy to Implementation . . . What Are the Next Steps? (session #362)
As states grapple with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, leaders from the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers will discuss how their organizations are working with states to make the successful transition to the more rigorous, common standards a reality. As the NGA and CCSSO led the movement for the Common Core Standards, NGA Education Director Richard Laine and CCSSO Executive Director Chris Minnich will provide insight into the need for and goals of the Common Core and will provide examples of how states are working through some of the most challenging implementation areas.

Richard Laine
Richard Laine, Director of Education, National Governors Association, District of Columbia
Chris Minnich
Chris Minnich, Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers, District of Columbia
Stefanie Sanford
Stefanie Sanford, Chief of Global Policy & Advocacy, The College Board, District of Columbia (Moderator)
4:15 PM4:30 PM
Break (session #363)
4:30 PM5:30 PM
Roundtable Discussions (session #364)
Roundtable topics are designed for small-group discussion on specific issues or opportunities. A resource leader will facilitate the discussion at each table. Join your peers in this informal opportunity to explore the topic of your choice, share and learn from other forum participants interested in the issue, and get answers to your questions.

5:30 PM5:45 PM
Break (session #380)

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