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National Forum 2013



  ECS National Forum Plenary Sessions
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
3:45 PM — 4:30 PM
Getting Beyond the Rhetoric: Bringing Our Students to Real College-Readiness (session #240)
Adopting rigorous expectations such as the Common Core State Standards is but one of the steps policymakers must take to help a greater proportion of America’s students achieve college-readiness by high school graduation. This session will explore: What beyond mastering rigorous standards must students know and be able to do to be truly college-ready? What early, actionable information can we provide students, teachers, and parents? And how can we help students identified as not college-ready make meaningful progress toward college-readiness?

David Conley

David T. Conley, Founder and CEO, Educational Policy Improvement Center; President, CCR Consulting Group, LLC

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
4:30 PM — 5:30 PM
The Future of Postsecondary: How Do We Prepare? (session #245)
It is estimated that jobs requiring some postsecondary education will see greater growth through 2020 than jobs requiring a high school diploma or less – and the salary premium for a college degree continues to climb. Yet each year, thousands of capable high school graduates fail to enter college, and of those who do enter, far too few complete a degree. Learn from Jamie Merisotis of the Lumina Foundation what the future of postsecondary holds, and gain insights from incoming ECS Chair Governor Sandoval’s panel discussion with a teacher of the year and a first-generation college student how retooling current systems and structures can help more Americans earn a postsecondary degree or credential.

Jamie Merisotis
Jamie Merisotis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lumina Foundation, Indiana
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Hon. Brian Sandoval, Governor, State of Nevada, Nevada
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
8:00 AM — 8:30 AM
Welcome Remarks, The Future of Education and Gavel Exchange (session #315)
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
8:30 AM — 9:30 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
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
9:30 AM — 9:45 AM
Read for the Record (session #325)
Kathy Hurley

Kathy Hurley, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Pearson Education, Virginia
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
10:00 AM — 10:45 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
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
12:15 PM — 1:45 PM
Awards Ceremony Luncheon (session #353)
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
3:15 PM — 4:15 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)
Thursday, June 27, 2013
8:00 AM — 9:00 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
Thursday, June 27, 2013
9:00 AM — 10:00 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
Thursday, June 27, 2013
12:15 PM — 1:45 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

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