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National Forum 2013



  Thursday, June 27, 2013
7:00 AM3:00 PM
Registration Desk (session #400)
7:00 AM8:00 AM
Buffet Breakfast (session #405)
8:00 AM9:00 AM
Plenary Session (session #410)
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will talk about the future of education policy in America along with an update on the Administration's early learning initiative.

Arne Duncan
Hon. Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education, District of Columbia
Kathleen Sebelius
Hon. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, District of Columbia
9:00 AM10:00 AM
Housing Policy=Education Policy (session #415)
Socially and economically disadvantaged children perform, on average, at lower levels of achievement than advantaged children. The obstacles to achievement are exacerbated when disadvantaged children are concentrated in racially/economically homogeneous and isolated schools. These barriers must be broken down if we are the narrow the achievement gap. Familiarizing plenary session attendees with this reality will be necessary before support will be possible to focus on undoing segregation.

Richard Rothstein
Richard Rothstein, Research Associate, Economic Policy Institute, District of Columbia
10:00 AM10:15 AM
Break (session #420)
10:15 AM12:15 PM
Early Learning Challenge Fund; What’s Working, What’s Next & Opportunities for States (session #425)
As a part of of the Federal Race to the Top competitions, 14 states have received financial support through the Early Learning Challenge Fund (ELCF) in order to improve early learning and early childhood systems for young children. But how does the Federal government expect states to use these funds, and what implementation challenges have state leaders run into along the way? This session offers a unique look at the ELCF by offering perspectives from the Federal government on implications for non-funded states, as well as state perspectives from Colorado and Delaware, two ELCF recipients.

Barbara Bowman
Barbara Bowman, Professor, Erikson Institute, Illinois
Harriet Dichter
Harriet Dichter, Director, Office of Early Childhood, State of Delaware, Delaware
Steven Hicks
Steven Hicks, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Education, District of Columbia
Linda K. Smith
Linda K. Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, District of Columbia (Moderator)

Jennifer Stedron, Executive Director at Colorado Early Childhood Leadership Commission, State of Colorado, Colorado
10:15 AM12:15 PM
Getting Students College-Ready - Before College (session #426)
The Gates Foundation wants to help our students get ready for college before they actually set foot on campus to begin classes. Be a part of this panel discussion and learn about the Blueprint for state policy action, based on research and best practice,- that states are implementing to get students college-ready.

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Paolo DeMaria, Principal, Education First Consulting, Ohio
Uri Treisman
Uri Treisman, Professor of Mathematics and Executive Director, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas
Bruce Vandal
Bruce Vandal, Vice President, Complete College America, Colorado
Jennifer Dounay Zinth
Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Senior Policy Analyst and Co-Director, ECS Information Clearinghouse, Education Commission of the States, Colorado
10:15 AM12:15 PM
Kicking the Hornet’s Nest: What NCTQ Has Learned about Teacher Preparation (session #427)
Teacher quality is recognized as one of the most important factors in student success. Join Kate Walsh, president of the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) to learn more about the findings of the new NCTQ Teacher Prep Review, published by U.S. News and World Report. Walsh will identify the key findings of this unprecedented review of the nation’s teacher preparation programs, and highlight states applying eight viable strategies to strengthen teacher preparation.

Susan Benner
Susan Benner, Professor, Director of the Graduate School of Education & Associate Dean for Professional Licensure, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Tennessee

Michael Berry, Deputy Commissioner, Texas Education Agency, Texas
Thomas Lasley
Thomas Lasley, Professor & Executive Director, The University of Dayton, Ohio
Rick Melmer
Rick Melmer, Dean, University of South Dakota, South Dakota
Kate Walsh
Kate Walsh, President, National Council on Teacher Quality, District of Columbia
10:15 AM12:15 PM
Career Readiness: How We Prepare Students for Success (session #428)
Preparing individuals to succeed in education and in their careers benefits them directly, but also benefits our workforce and country as a whole. What can we do to help students – and therefore all of us – succeed in the global economy?

Kimberly Green
Kimberly Green, Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, Maryland
Phyllis Hudecki
Phyllis Hudecki, Secretary of Education, State of Oklahoma, Oklahoma
Dane Linn
Dane Linn, Vice President, The Business Roundtable, District of Columbia
Gene Wilhoit
Gene Wilhoit, District of Columbia
10:15 AM12:15 PM
Early Warning Systems: State Models for Keeping Students on Track for Success (session #429)
15 states provide early warning data to schools and school districts, however, only three offer an analytical tool that allows educators to upload and analyze their own data. Join representatives from Virginia, Massachusetts and the Data Quality Campaign for a discussion about early warning systems. Learn about: advantages of states managing their own data; costs and where funds come from; training and infrastructure required; key policy supports; improved student outcomes tied to early warning systems; how states work with districts on implementation, support and use; and lessons learned that could help other states considering implementation.

Jenny Curtin
Jenny Curtin, Coordinator, High School Graduation Initiatives, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Massachusetts
Brennan McMahon
Brennan McMahon, Senior Associate, State Policy Initiatives, Data Quality Campaign, District of Columbia
Kathleen Smith
Kathleen Smith, Director, Office of School Improvement, Virginia Department of Education, Virginia
12:15 PM1:45 PM
Plenary Lunch: Busting Out of the Cage; Leaders Win (session #435)
In his book, Cage-Busting Leadership, Rick Hess shares what the cage looks like, how to bust out of it and how to help cultivate and keep powerful cultures of teaching and learning that are equal to their ambitions. Join us for an all-star discussion on the successes and frustrations of real cage busters.

Frederick Hess
Frederick Hess, Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, District of Columbia
1:45 PM2:00 PM
Break (session #440)
2:00 PM3:00 PM
Leveraging Smart Policy to Improve Dual Enrollment Access and Quality (session #445)
While research tells us that dual enrollment programs have an even greater impact on minority and low-income students than their more advantaged peers, data also suggest that disadvantaged students are underrepresented in dual enrollment programs. This session will highlight ECS’ recommendations for model state-level dual enrollment policy, and provide details on robust dual enrollment policies in Colorado and their impact on dual enrollment participation, including among disadvantaged students.

Matt Gianneschi
Matthew Gianneschi, Vice President of Policy & Programs, Education Commission of the States, Colorado
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
Charter Schools: New Ideas for Accountability and Authorization (session #446)
Bring your most difficult dilemmas to this “get your hands dirty” workshop on charter schools. Ask questions about how authorization and accountability work and how those processes might work better. But don’t stop there. This is your time to ask leading charter school policy experts about the broader framework around charter schools: inclusion of “P” (preschool); caps, autonomy, funding equity, facilities support, and partnership with districts. Todd Ziebarth understands the emerging issues around charter schools and the concerns of policy leaders. He is committed to holding these schools accountable. This session outlines how to include younger children in charter programs and new ways of thinking about the other charter “framework” questions that confront state leaders.

Amanda Fenton
Amanda Fenton, Director of State and Federal Policy, NACSA, Massachusetts
Chris Nicastro
Chris Nicastro, Commissioner of Education, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Missouri
Todd Ziebarth
Todd Ziebarth, Senior Vice President, State Advocacy and Support, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Colorado
2:00 PM3:00 PM
School Finance 101 (session #447)
With millions of dollars tied up in state school budgets, what do all those dollars really go toward? How does it work and how does school finance impact policy?

Michael Griffith
Michael Griffith, Colorado
Andrew Ujifusa
Andrew Ujifusa, Writer, Education Week, Maryland
2:00 PM3:00 PM
Re-thinking Teaching, Learning: Proficiency-Based Acceleration (session #448)
Proficiency-based accreditation is guided by principles of student-centered teaching, standards-based achievement, ongoing assessment, engaging students’ initiative, collaborative professional learning for instructors and development of supportive instructional leadership. Students learn at their own pace, which requires adjustment to standard teaching approaches. Sound simple? Probably not, but there are examples out there that could be beneficial to your state.

Ronald Cowell
Ronald Cowell, President, The Education Policy and Leadership Center, Pennsylvania
Lillian Pace
Lillian Pace, Director of National Policy, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, District of Columbia
Susan Patrick
Susan Patrick, President & CEO, International Association for K-12 Online Learning, Virginia
2:00 PM3:00 PM
Early Learning/P-3 Caucus (session #449)
In the Fall 2012, the Early Learning Institute at ECS assembled an Early Learning caucus comprised of 15 influential people from across the country whose work focuses on the birth - 3rd grade continuum. The purpose of the Caucus is to help guide and support the Institute's mission and future work with an emphasis on P-3. The Caucus meeting will kick-off with a brief presentation from Barbara Bowman, co-founder of the Erikson Institute, followed by a discussion on the Institute's current work, and recommendations for next steps. All participants in the National Forum are welcome to attend.

Barbara Bowman
Barbara Bowman, Professor, Erikson Institute, Illinois
2:00 PM3:00 PM
2013 State Teachers of the Year: The Practitioner’s Perspective on Policy (session #450)
This session is your opportunity to better understand what’s working and what’s not — from the perspective of some of the best teachers in the country. Learn how policy impacts the classroom, including the unintended consequences of some very good ideas. Find out what state roles or actions best motivate these highly competent educators, inspire them, and how best to affect all teachers and students.

Katherine Bassett
Katherine Bassett, Executive Director, National Network of State Teachers of the Year, District of Columbia
Jeffrey Charbonneau
Jeffrey Charbonneau, 2013 National Teacher of the Year, Zillah High School, Washington
Alex Lopes
Alex Lopes, 2013 Florida State Teacher of the Year, Carol City Elementary School, Florida
Heidi Welch
Heidi Welch, 2013 New Hampshire State Teacher of the Year, Hillsboro-Deering High School, New Hampshire

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