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  ECS National Forum Concurrent Sessions
Thursday, July 7, 2011
1:45 PM — 2:45 PM
More with E.D. Hirsch (session #240)
This is your chance to question E.D. Hirsch more deeply about strategies to improve literacy – both early and adult.

E. D. Hirsch, Jr.
E. D. Hirsch, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Education and Humanities, University of Virginia, Virginia
Thursday, July 7, 2011
1:45 PM — 2:45 PM
School Finance: More Than Information. Solutions (session #241)
The past three years have seen unprecedented cuts to K-12 education budgets, creating a great strain on school districts throughout the country — but you already know that. This session’s focus is on innovative solutions that can help you bridge the gap until the economy improves.

Jennifer Davis
Jennifer Davis, President & CEO, National Center on Time & Learning, Massachusetts
Michael Griffith
Michael Griffith, Senior Policy Analyst, Education Commission of the States, Colorado
Michele McNeil
Michele McNeil, Federal Policy Reporter, Education Week, Maryland
Thursday, July 7, 2011
1:45 PM — 2:45 PM
Ensuring a Return on Your Higher Education Investment (session #243)
How can states ensure that their investments in higher education result in higher college completion and benefit the overall state economy. A panel of experts will discuss the cost of student attrition to states as well as how new funding models and an emphasis on workforce and economic outcomes can help policymakers ensure they are getting the most for their higher education dollar.

Patrick Kelly
Patrick Kelly, Senior Associate, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, Colorado
Richard Petrick
Richard Petrick, Senior Consultant, HCM Strategists, Ohio
Mark Schneider
Mark Schneider, Vice President, American Institutes for Research, District of Columbia
Thursday, July 7, 2011
1:45 PM — 2:45 PM
Workshop on Digital Learning (AKA Blended learning; Hybrid Learning) (session #244)
What does digital learning actually look like? And how must policy change for it to reach its potential? This session hones in on how states can get very intentional in their support of this disruptive innovation. Providing what it looks like: Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams — high school science teachers from Woodland Park, Colorado who have used technology to turn the traditional classroom on its head. State leaders will respond to their illustration by discussing how state policy can support this new vision of instruction.

Jonathan Bergmann
Jonathan Bergmann, Teacher, Woodland Park High School, Colorado
Aaron Sams
Aaron Sams, Teacher, Woodland Park High School, Colorado
Thursday, July 7, 2011
1:45 PM — 2:45 PM
Putting it all together: 21st Century Skills, Common Core & Assessment (session #245)
This session will provide awareness that our country is competing in a global innovation economy as well as an overview of fusing the three “R”s with the four “C”s of 21st Century Partnership Skills as aligned with the Common Core and utilization of New and Deeper Assessments to move education from a world of schooling to a world of learning.

Lastly, this session will share the work of the Pearson Foundation as they work with national and international partners to bring awareness of the concepts; share best practices, review the results of PISA and stretch participants to recognize that policy can serve as an effective catalyst for change.

Kathy Hurley

Kathy Hurley, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Pearson Education, Virginia
Lillian Kellogg
Lillian Kellogg, Vice President, Education Networks of America, Tennessee
Kristin Kipp
Kristin Kipp, Online Teacher of the Year, Jeffco Public Schools, Colorado
Thursday, July 7, 2011
3:50 PM — 4:50 PM
Certificates as a College Completion and Workforce Strategy (session #265)
As states look to increase their college completion rates, many are looking to certificates offered by community and technical colleges and private proprietary career colleges as a critical strategy to prepare their residents for the workforce. This session will explore how states can rapidly meet their workforce needs and increase their college attainment rates through certificate programs in specific high demand occupational fields.

Richard Simpson
Richard Simpson, SVP & Chief Academic Officer, Corinthian Colleges, Inc., California
Jeff Terp
Jeff Terp, Vice President, Program Analysis and Engagement, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Indiana
Thursday, July 7, 2011
3:50 PM — 4:50 PM
Teacher Leader Model Standards (session #266)
There is growing interest in the concept of teacher leadership as a means for keeping good teachers in the classroom, yet providing them with leadership opportunities; as a way of developing distributed leadership within schools; and as a means for increasing student achievement through alternative staffing models. In this presentation, two members of the Teacher Leader Exploratory Consortium, will present the newly released Teacher Leader Model Standards, in an interactive session that will challenge you to envision these standards in practice.

Katherine Bassett
Katherine Bassett, Director, Educational Testing Service, New Jersey
Marguerite Izzo
Marguerite Izzo, 2007 New York State Teacher of the Year, Malverne School District, New York
Thursday, July 7, 2011
3:50 PM — 4:50 PM
The Importance of Physical Activity in Schools and What Leaders Can Do to Support It (session #267)
Getting children and youth to be more physically active can help prevent or reduce obesity and promote other positive health outcomes. But schools are facing cut-backs and increasing pressure to prioritize academics over physical education, recess, and other opportunities for physical activity. This session will present evidence on why physical activity is important for not only addressing obesity but also how it can help improve academic and behavioral outcomes. A study of California school governance leaders will provide insight into the factors that lead to the successful adoption and implementation of programs and policies that support school-based physical activity.

Martin Gonzalez
Martin Gonzalez, Deputy Executive Director, California School Boards Association, California
James F. Sallis
James S. Sallis, Director, Activie Living Research and Professor, San Diego State University, Active Living Research, California
Thursday, July 7, 2011
3:50 PM — 4:50 PM
No Waiting for Superman: Engaged learning within reach of every school! (session #268)
Hands-on learning in which students have meaningful and consequential roles through service and leadership to their school and community has long history. Supportive legislation, however, has not kept pace with dynamic new approaches and research that demonstrates these approaches’ positive impact on academic and civic engagement, motivation, and self-efficacy. There’s no better time to bring service-learning, project-based, hands-on and related experiential approaches to scale as reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and policies at the state level are written in coming months.

Come hear an exciting application at the local level in Montpelier, VT from Principal Peter Evans and be inspired by the growing Engaged Education Now (EEN) coalition from Jim Kielsmeier, Founder of the National Youth Leadership Council and Organizer of EEN. Leave the sessions with a network for support and ideas for how to bring engaged education to scale in your state.

James C. Kielsmeier
Jim Kielsmeier, Adjunct Professor, University of Minnesota, Minnesota
Peter Evans
Peter Evans, Principal, Montpelier High School, Vermont
Paul Baumann
Paul Baumann, Project Leader, Education Commission of the States, Colorado
Thursday, July 7, 2011
3:50 PM — 4:50 PM
The College Completion Renaissance (session #269)
The national goal to significantly increase college completion at a time of limited public support for higher education has brought on an era of unprecedented innovation in higher education instruction and delivery. This session will feature some of the most promising, high impact approaches to increasing student success.

Julie Bell
Julie Bell, Education Program Director, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), Colorado
Estela Mara Bensimon
Estela Bensimon, Professor and Co-Director, University of Southern California, California
Christen Pollock, Vice President, Advocacy, The College Board, New York
Friday, July 8, 2011
11:15 AM — 12:15 PM
More with John Medina (session #330)
This is your chance to question Dr. Medina more deeply about the ways in which state policy could better build on his research. For a preview, see

John Medina
John Medina, Developmental Molecular Biologist, University of Washington School of Medicine, Washington
Friday, July 8, 2011
11:15 AM — 12:15 PM
The Boulder Higher Education Brain Trust (session #331)
Participate in a free-wheeling discussion with the leaders of WICHE, SHEEO and NCHEMS as they wax poetic about the latest in higher education policy reform.

Dennis P. Jones
Dennis Jones, President, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, Colorado
Paul Lingenfelter
Paul Lingenfelter, President, State Higher Education Executive Officers, Colorado
David Longanecker
David Longanecker, President, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Colorado
Friday, July 8, 2011
11:15 AM — 12:15 PM
The Common Core: Out of the Chute and Into the Arena (session #333)
This session looks at critical considerations, next steps and advice from states “leading the ride” regarding the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

Rebecca Garland, Chief Academic Officer, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, North Carolina
Amelia Hodges, Associate Secretary, Delaware Department of Education, Delaware
Linda B. Rogers
Linda Rogers, Associate Secretary of Education, Teaching and Learning, Delaware Department of Education, Delaware
Friday, July 8, 2011
11:15 AM — 12:15 PM
With All of Our High School Reforms, Why Are Kids Still Not Well-Prepared for College and Work? (session #334)
In spite of increasing graduation requirements and raising the bar on high school assessments, recent reports indicate that far too many students are ill-prepared for entry into college, work or the military. This session explores means by which states can potentially move the needle on college- and career-readiness for all students.

Elaine Allensworth
Elaine Allensworth, Co-director for Statistical Analysis, University of Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, July 9, 2011
9:45 AM — 11:00 AM
Improving Assessment - Concurrent Session (Invitation Only) (session #420)
Don Pitchford, Southwest Region Postsecondary Consultant, ACT, Inc., Texas
Jonell Sanchez, Senior Director, The College Board, New York
Shanna Smith Jaggars
Shanna Smith Jaggars, Senior Research Associate, Columbia University, New York
Saturday, July 9, 2011
9:45 AM — 11:00 AM
Innovations in Instructional Delivery - Concurrent Session (Invitation Only) (session #425)
Peter Adams, Director, Accelerated Learning Project, The Community College of Baltimore County, Maryland
Elaine Delott Baker
Elaine Delott Baker, Senior Counsel to the Provost, Community College of Denver, Colorado
Treva Berryman
Treva Berryman, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Tennessee Board of Regents, Tennessee
Saturday, July 9, 2011
9:45 AM — 11:00 AM
Increasing Accountability & Getting Results in Remedial Education (Invite Only) (session #430)
Richard Rhoda
Richard Rhoda, Executive Director, Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Tennessee
Jane Wellman
Jane Wellman, Executive Director, National Association of System Heads, District of Columbia
Jan Yoshiwara, Deputy Executive Director of Education, Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges, Washington

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