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Peter Adams, Director, Accelerated Learning Project, The Community College of Baltimore County, Maryland
Saturday, July 9, 2011
9:45 AM — 11:00 AM
Innovations in Instructional Delivery - Concurrent Session (Invitation Only) (session #425)
  
Elaine Allensworth, Co-director for Statistical Analysis, University of Chicago, Illinois
Elaine Allensworth
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.

  
Thomas Bailey, Director, Community College Research Center, Teachers College Columbia University, New York
Thomas Bailey
Friday, July 8, 2011
2:15 PM — 3:30 PM
The Real Story of Remedial Education (session #351)
This session will explore the role of remedial education can and should play in state efforts to increase college completion. We will explore who is to "blame" for remedial education, what are the real costs and how state policymakers could construct a public dialogue in their state around increasing the success of students in remedial education.

  
Elaine Delott Baker, Senior Counsel to the Provost, Community College of Denver, Colorado
Elaine Delott Baker
Saturday, July 9, 2011
9:45 AM — 11:00 AM
Innovations in Instructional Delivery - Concurrent Session (Invitation Only) (session #425)
  
Katherine Bassett, Director, Educational Testing Service, New Jersey
Katherine Bassett
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.

  
Sharmila Conger, Senior Policy Analyst, SHEEO, Colorado
Saturday, July 9, 2011
8:00 AM — 9:30 AM
The Common Core Standards & Remedial Education Reform (Invitation Only) (session #415)
The Common Core Standards are viewed as a key strategy for reducing remedial education rates and increasing college readiness. This session will explore how K-12 education and postsecondary education can begin to leverage the standards to make immediate improvements in college readiness.

  
Paul Baumann, Project Leader, Education Commission of the States, Colorado
Paul Baumann
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.

  
Julie Bell, Education Program Director, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), Colorado
Julie Bell
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.

  
Tony Bennett, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Indiana Department of Education, Indiana
Tony Bennett

Thursday, July 7, 2011
3:00 PM — 3:45 PM
An Open-Mic Session with Chiefs for Change (session #256)
Get your wheels turning so you’re ready to participate in this highly structured, fast-moving and hard-hitting question and answer opportunity.

  
Estela Bensimon, Professor and Co-Director, University of Southern California, California
Estela Mara Bensimon
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.

  
Jonathan Bergmann, Teacher, Woodland Park High School, Colorado
Jonathan Bergmann
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.

  
Treva Berryman, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Tennessee Board of Regents, Tennessee
Treva Berryman
Friday, July 8, 2011
3:30 PM — 5:00 PM
Successful Remedial Education Reform Strategies (session #352)
This session will look at how states and systems can develop comprehensive strategies that will increase the college success of students who enroll in developmental education.

  
Treva Berryman, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Tennessee Board of Regents, Tennessee
Treva Berryman
Saturday, July 9, 2011
9:45 AM — 11:00 AM
Innovations in Instructional Delivery - Concurrent Session (Invitation Only) (session #425)
  
Judith Bilsky, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Success, Florida Department of Education, Florida
Saturday, July 9, 2011
8:00 AM — 9:30 AM
The Common Core Standards & Remedial Education Reform (Invitation Only) (session #415)
The Common Core Standards are viewed as a key strategy for reducing remedial education rates and increasing college readiness. This session will explore how K-12 education and postsecondary education can begin to leverage the standards to make immediate improvements in college readiness.

  
John Bonaiuto, Executive Director, Nebraska Association of School Boards, Nebraska
John Bonaiuto
Thursday, July 7, 2011
3:00 PM — 3:45 PM
An Open-Mic Session with Chiefs for Change (session #256)
Get your wheels turning so you’re ready to participate in this highly structured, fast-moving and hard-hitting question and answer opportunity.

  
Michael Collins, Program Director, Jobs for the Future, Massachusetts
Mike Collins
Friday, July 8, 2011
2:00 PM — 5:00 PM
Leveraging State Investments in Remedial Education (session #350)
Welcome Remarks

  
Robert Corcoran, President, GE Foundation, Connecticut
Robert L. Corcoran
Thursday, July 7, 2011
9:00 AM — 9:30 AM
Plenary Session with Bob Corcoran (session #214)
Bob Corcoran will talk about the tremendous resources that the GE Foundation has committed to education over the past several years and where efforts have been successful, fallen short and what lessons have been learned for future investments in education.

  
Jennifer Davis, President & CEO, National Center on Time & Learning, Massachusetts
Jennifer Davis
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, President & CEO, National Center on Time & Learning, Massachusetts (Moderator)
Jennifer Davis
Thursday, July 7, 2011
5:00 PM — 6:00 PM
Roundtable #2: Innovative and Cost Effective Strategies to Expand Learning Time (session #272)
This session will focus on examples from around the country of how states, districts and schools are expanding time to support student achievement even during these challenging economic times.

  
Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Senior Policy Analyst, Education Commission of the States, Colorado
Jennifer Dounay Zinth
Friday, July 8, 2011
2:00 PM — 4:00 PM
Building the Next Generation of P-20 System Alignment (session #355)
Getting agencies to work together is tough business, and state-level P-20 councils have been accused (rightly or wrongly) of window-dressing. This session will explore the following questions: What is a truly P-20 system? What are the benefits of establishing such a system? Is the creation of a P-20 council necessary? What are the key leverage points to make a genuine P-20 system a reality in your state?

  
Peter Evans, Principal, Montpelier High School, Vermont
Peter Evans
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.

  
Hon. Joe Garcia, Lieutenant Governor and Executive Director, Colorado Department of Higher Education, Colorado
Joe Garcia
Friday, July 8, 2011
2:00 PM — 5:00 PM
Leveraging State Investments in Remedial Education (session #350)
Welcome Remarks

  
Rebecca Garland, Chief Academic Officer, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, North Carolina
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.

  
Matt Gianneschi, Deputy Executive Director, Colorado Department of Higher Education, Colorado
Matt Gianneschi
Friday, July 8, 2011
2:00 PM — 4:00 PM
Building the Next Generation of P-20 System Alignment (session #355)
Getting agencies to work together is tough business, and state-level P-20 councils have been accused (rightly or wrongly) of window-dressing. This session will explore the following questions: What is a truly P-20 system? What are the benefits of establishing such a system? Is the creation of a P-20 council necessary? What are the key leverage points to make a genuine P-20 system a reality in your state?

  
Howard Gobstein, Executive Officer & Vice President, Association of Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU), District of Columbia
Howard Gobstein
Thursday, July 7, 2011
3:00 PM — 3:45 PM
Aligning Teacher Preparation to the Common Core (session #255)
These panelists will engage with audience members in a discussion on what types of changes need to take place in the areas of teacher preparation, certification and/or professional development for the successful implementation of the new Common Core State Standards?

  
Martin Gonzalez, Deputy Executive Director, California School Boards Association, California
Martin Gonzalez
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.

  
Temple Grandin, Associate Professor, Colorado State University, Colorado
Temple Grandin
Thursday, July 7, 2011
10:00 AM — 10:45 AM
How Thinking in Pictures Provides Perspective (session #217)
Temple Grandin is the inspirational animal behavioral scientist and subject of the award-winning HBO film Temple Grandin. An autism spectrum disorder has helped Dr. Grandin deeply understand what it is to be smart, yet different. She is passionate about the power of education and will talk about her thoughts on what matters most to helping all kids succeed.

  
Michael Griffith, Senior Policy Analyst, Education Commission of the States, Colorado
Michael Griffith
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.

  
Irving Hamer, Deputy Superintendent, Academic Operations, Technology & Innovation, Memphis City Schools, Tennessee
Irving Hamer
Thursday, July 7, 2011
9:30 AM — 9:50 AM
Community Link Foundation - Higher Education Funding Idea (session #215)
12 years in the development and worth the wait – universal financial access to higher education is here! Introducing community Link, an innovative program launching in Michigan and Tennessee, designed to provide free higher education and K-12 alignment services by pooling hidden resources within communities. It’s scalable, sustainable, and available for all 50 states.

  
Stephen Handel, Executive Director, The College Board, California (Moderator)
Stephen Handel
Thursday, July 7, 2011
5:00 PM — 6:00 PM
Roundtable #4: Improving Student Transfer from Community Colleges to Four-Year Institutions (session #274)
This roundtable session will present the findings from an ambitious year-long study of the transfer pathway from the perspective of the four-year institution. Roundtable participants will be engaged in a discussion about the policy instruments that may encourage more four-year colleges and universities to embrace community college students as an important part of their educational mission.

  
Frederick Hess, Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, District of Columbia
Frederick Hess
Friday, July 8, 2011
9:10 AM — 9:55 AM
Hess’ Hot Button Issues and What He’d Like to See You Do About Them (session #318)
You asked for his return to the ECS National Forum on Education Policy. Here's Rick Hess to help fulfill the ECS goal to "make the body politic itch." Rick will tackle a few of the current education policy issues that we’re all hearing and reading about daily and take us in new directions on how we can or should look at these issues as real opportunities for educational change and reform.

  
E. D. Hirsch, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Education and Humanities, University of Virginia, Virginia
E. D. Hirsch, Jr.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
10:50 AM — 11:50 AM
What is Holding Back Reading Achievement (session #225)
E.D. Hirsch, education “icon” and author of insightful works, including Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know, The Knowledge Deficit: Closing the Shocking Education Gap for American Children, and The Schools We Need: Why We Can’t Have Them, will talk about reading — how we teach it, how we test it and why this is critical for education reform.

  
E. D. Hirsch, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Education and Humanities, University of Virginia, Virginia
E. D. Hirsch, Jr.
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.

  
Amelia Hodges, Associate Secretary, Delaware Department of Education, Delaware
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.

  
Thomas Horgan, President & CEO, New Hampshire College and University Council, New Hampshire (Moderator)
Thomas Horgan
Thursday, July 7, 2011
3:00 PM — 3:45 PM
Aligning Teacher Preparation to the Common Core (session #255)
These panelists will engage with audience members in a discussion on what types of changes need to take place in the areas of teacher preparation, certification and/or professional development for the successful implementation of the new Common Core State Standards?

  
Kathy Hurley, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Pearson Education, Virginia
Kathy Hurley


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.

  
Marguerite Izzo, 2007 New York State Teacher of the Year, Malverne School District, New York
Marguerite Izzo
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.

  
Hon. Michael Johnston, Senator, Colorado State Senate, Colorado
Mike Johnston
Thursday, July 7, 2011
3:00 PM — 3:45 PM
Aligning Teacher Preparation to the Common Core (session #255)
These panelists will engage with audience members in a discussion on what types of changes need to take place in the areas of teacher preparation, certification and/or professional development for the successful implementation of the new Common Core State Standards?

  
Dennis Jones, President, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, Colorado
Dennis P. Jones
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.

  
Lilian Katz, Professor Emerita, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
Lilian Katz
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
2:30 PM — 3:45 PM
Foundation of Learning (session #116)
Building a Good Foundation, to be presented by Lilian Katz, PhD, Professor Emeritus and staff member of the Clearinghouse on Early Childhood and Parenting at the University of Illinois, focuses on the importance of intellectual goals in the early years, and puts them in the context of academic skills and the role of play in early development. Some examples of such practices will be shown.

  
Lillian Kellogg, Vice President, Education Networks of America, Tennessee
Lillian Kellogg
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.

  
Patrick Kelly, Senior Associate, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, Colorado
Patrick Kelly
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.

  
Jim Kielsmeier, Adjunct Professor, University of Minnesota, Minnesota
James C. Kielsmeier
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.

  
Sherri Killins, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, Massachusetts

Friday, July 8, 2011
2:00 PM — 4:00 PM
Building the Next Generation of P-20 System Alignment (session #355)
Getting agencies to work together is tough business, and state-level P-20 councils have been accused (rightly or wrongly) of window-dressing. This session will explore the following questions: What is a truly P-20 system? What are the benefits of establishing such a system? Is the creation of a P-20 council necessary? What are the key leverage points to make a genuine P-20 system a reality in your state?

  
Hon. Keith King, Senator, Colorado Senate, Colorado
Saturday, July 9, 2011
11:15 AM — 12:00 PM
What Legislators Can Do To Impact Remedial Education (Invitation Only) (session #435)
The closing session will explore how state legislators can take action to increase the college success of students who are currently being placed in remedial education.

  
Kristin Kipp, Online Teacher of the Year, Jeffco Public Schools, Colorado
Kristin Kipp
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.

  
Ted Kolderie, Senior Associate, Education/Evolving, Minnesota (Moderator)
Thursday, July 7, 2011
5:00 PM — 6:00 PM
Roundtable #1: Innovation-based Systemic Reform (session #271)
Ted Kolderie, recipient of the prestigious 2011 ECS James Bryant Conant Award, will lead a discussion that delves into what constitutes innovation-based systemic reform.

  
John Lawrence, Director, Large Scale Assessment, Educational Testing Service, New Jersey (Moderator)
Thursday, July 7, 2011
5:00 PM — 6:00 PM
Roundtable #9: The Early Assessment Program: Bridging the Gap Between High School Preparation and College Readiness (session #279)
The Early Assessment Program (EAP) is a California initiative that formally brings together the K-12 and higher education communities to develop collaborative solutions that improve the learning experience for all students. This discussion will touch on a broad range of topics that emerged over the course of the development of the program. The discussion will include challenges and solutions to policy, technical, fiscal and organizational questions, as well as lessons learned.

  
Paul Lingenfelter, President, State Higher Education Executive Officers, Colorado
Paul Lingenfelter
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.

  
David Longanecker, President, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Colorado
David Longanecker
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.

  
Virginia Maloney, Director, Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy, University of Denver, Colorado
Virginia Maloney
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
12:30 PM — 2:30 PM
Reaping Rewards from Readiness P-20 (session #115)
Please drop in - even if you won't arrive on time. This two-part workshop looks in depth at the "P" part of P-20. Learn from The Colorado Story and gain insights from leading experts into how policy can support ways to enhance deeper learning across P-3.

First Session begins at 12:30 p.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Second Session with Lilian Katz begins at 2:30 p.m. and ends at 3:45 p.m.

  
Michele McNeil, Federal Policy Reporter, Education Week, Maryland
Michele McNeil
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.

  
John Medina, Developmental Molecular Biologist, University of Washington School of Medicine, Washington
John Medina
Friday, July 8, 2011
10:05 AM — 11:05 AM
Brain Rules and What They Mean for Education (session #325)
Dr. John Medina: At your request, Dr. Medina will be back! The highly entertaining, knowledgeable and engaging molecular biologist and author of Brain Rules and Brain Rules for Baby will address implications for learning and for policy. For a preview, see http://brainrules.net/

  
John Medina, Developmental Molecular Biologist, University of Washington School of Medicine, Washington
John Medina
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 http://brainrules.net/.

  
Rick Melmer, Dean, University of South Dakota, South Dakota
Rick Melmer
Thursday, July 7, 2011
3:00 PM — 3:45 PM
Aligning Teacher Preparation to the Common Core (session #255)
These panelists will engage with audience members in a discussion on what types of changes need to take place in the areas of teacher preparation, certification and/or professional development for the successful implementation of the new Common Core State Standards?

  
Mark Nieker, President, Pearson Foundation, New York
Mark Nieker
Friday, July 8, 2011
8:05 AM — 8:20 AM
Brief Session with Mark Nieker (session #316)
  
Hon. Barbara O'Brien, Senior Fellow, The Piton Foundation, Colorado
Barbara O’Brien
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
12:30 PM — 2:30 PM
Reaping Rewards from Readiness P-20 (session #115)
Please drop in - even if you won't arrive on time. This two-part workshop looks in depth at the "P" part of P-20. Learn from The Colorado Story and gain insights from leading experts into how policy can support ways to enhance deeper learning across P-3.

First Session begins at 12:30 p.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Second Session with Lilian Katz begins at 2:30 p.m. and ends at 3:45 p.m.

  
Tara Parker, Assistant Professor of Higher Education, University of Massachusetts - Boston, Massachusetts
Tara L. Parker
Friday, July 8, 2011
2:15 PM — 3:30 PM
The Real Story of Remedial Education (session #351)
This session will explore the role of remedial education can and should play in state efforts to increase college completion. We will explore who is to "blame" for remedial education, what are the real costs and how state policymakers could construct a public dialogue in their state around increasing the success of students in remedial education.

  
Hilary Pennington, Director of Education, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Washington
Hilary Pennington
Thursday, July 7, 2011
8:15 AM — 9:00 AM
Plenary Session with Hilary Pennington (session #213)
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation wants to double the number of low-income adults who earn a college degree or a credential that meets job-marked demands by age 26. You will hear about emerging issues and how that work is progressing.

  
Richard Petrick, Senior Consultant, HCM Strategists, Ohio
Richard Petrick
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.

  
Don Pitchford, Southwest Region Postsecondary Consultant, ACT, Inc., Texas
Saturday, July 9, 2011
9:45 AM — 11:00 AM
Improving Assessment - Concurrent Session (Invitation Only) (session #420)
  
Christen Pollock, Vice President, Advocacy, The College Board, New York
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.

  
Nan Poppe, Executive Director, Completion by Design, Oregon (Moderator)
Thursday, July 7, 2011
5:00 PM — 6:00 PM
Roundtable #10: Increased College Completion (session #280)
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is launching an ambitious initiative to increase college completion in states. Come discuss how this research-based strategy has the potential to transform how institutions in your state can use data to help drive increased college completion.

  
Brian Prescott, Director of Policy Research, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Colorado (Moderator)
Brian Prescott
Thursday, July 7, 2011
5:00 PM — 6:00 PM
Roundtable #7: Cross-State Sharing of Education and Workforce Data (session #277)
WICHE, through a grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is developing a multi-state data exchange that will be a model for the rest of the nation. Come here how the project is addressing the key challenges to sharing data across state borders to assess workforce outcomes for graduates.

  
Diane Price, President & CEO, Early Connections Learning Centers, Colorado
Diane L. Price
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
12:30 PM — 2:30 PM
Reaping Rewards from Readiness P-20 (session #115)
Please drop in - even if you won't arrive on time. This two-part workshop looks in depth at the "P" part of P-20. Learn from The Colorado Story and gain insights from leading experts into how policy can support ways to enhance deeper learning across P-3.

First Session begins at 12:30 p.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Second Session with Lilian Katz begins at 2:30 p.m. and ends at 3:45 p.m.

  
Stanley Rabinowitz, Director, Assessment and Standards Development Services, WestEd, California (Moderator)
Thursday, July 7, 2011
5:00 PM — 6:00 PM
Roundtable #5: Workplace Readiness Assessment: Business Credible, High School Feasible (session #275)
Learn and talk about current efforts to develop assessments that measure students’ readiness for higher education or the workplace. Join the discussion that explains how these readiness skills can be measured ¬— and how you can be involved.

  
Marilyn Reznick, Executive Director, AT&T, New York (Moderator)
Thursday, July 7, 2011
5:00 PM — 6:00 PM
Roundtable #6: Improving Rural Schools Through the Use of Technology (session #276)
This roundtable will focus on the effectiveness of specific technologies and programs that have the potential to positively impact student achievement in rural communities. This includes sharing successes and challenges of keeping students engaged and connected to real world experiences and exposed to advanced and diverse course work in rural communities, and how technology can help overcome traditional barriers to these dilemma.

  
Richard Rhoda, Executive Director, Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Tennessee
Richard Rhoda
Saturday, July 9, 2011
9:45 AM — 11:00 AM
Increasing Accountability & Getting Results in Remedial Education (Invite Only) (session #430)
  
Hon. Johnnie Roebuck, Representative, Arkansas House of Representatives, Arkansas
Saturday, July 9, 2011
11:15 AM — 12:00 PM
What Legislators Can Do To Impact Remedial Education (Invitation Only) (session #435)
The closing session will explore how state legislators can take action to increase the college success of students who are currently being placed in remedial education.

  
Linda Rogers, Associate Secretary of Education, Teaching and Learning, Delaware Department of Education, Delaware
Linda B. Rogers
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.

  
Hon. Carl Rollins, Chair, House Education Committee, Kentucky House of Representatives, Kentucky
Saturday, July 9, 2011
8:00 AM — 9:30 AM
The Common Core Standards & Remedial Education Reform (Invitation Only) (session #415)
The Common Core Standards are viewed as a key strategy for reducing remedial education rates and increasing college readiness. This session will explore how K-12 education and postsecondary education can begin to leverage the standards to make immediate improvements in college readiness.

  
James S. Sallis, Director, Activie Living Research and Professor, San Diego State University, Active Living Research, California
James F. Sallis
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.

  
Aaron Sams, Teacher, Woodland Park High School, Colorado
Aaron Sams
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.

  
Jonell Sanchez, Senior Director, The College Board, New York
Saturday, July 9, 2011
9:45 AM — 11:00 AM
Improving Assessment - Concurrent Session (Invitation Only) (session #420)
  
Karen Schimke, Early Learning Project Manager, Education Commission of the States, Colorado (Moderator)
Thursday, July 7, 2011
5:00 PM — 6:00 PM
Roundtable #3: Race to the Top’s Early Learning Challenge (session #273)
This session will discuss the Race to the Top early learning challenge as an opportunity to build P-3 into P-20.

  
Gretchen Schmidt, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Virginia Community College System, Virginia
Friday, July 8, 2011
3:30 PM — 5:00 PM
Successful Remedial Education Reform Strategies (session #352)
This session will look at how states and systems can develop comprehensive strategies that will increase the college success of students who enroll in developmental education.

  
Mark Schneider, Vice President, American Institutes for Research, District of Columbia
Mark Schneider
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.

  
Richard Simpson, SVP & Chief Academic Officer, Corinthian Colleges, Inc., California
Richard Simpson
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, Chief Academic Officer, Corinthian Colleges, Inc., California (Moderator)
Richard Simpson
Thursday, July 7, 2011
5:00 PM — 6:00 PM
Roundtable #8: How to Encourage Investment in Certificate and Diploma Programs (session #278)
Short-term, career-oriented programs are often the last to be funded and the first to be cut by cash-strapped post-secondary institutions. Yet these programs are essential to meeting employer demands and ensuring a healthy economy. This roundtable will explore ways to encourage investment in certificate and diploma programs, at both public and private sector institutions.

  
Hanna Skandera, Secretary of Education, New Mexico Public Education Department, New Mexico
Hanna Skandera
Thursday, July 7, 2011
3:00 PM — 3:45 PM
An Open-Mic Session with Chiefs for Change (session #256)
Get your wheels turning so you’re ready to participate in this highly structured, fast-moving and hard-hitting question and answer opportunity.

  
Shanna Smith Jaggars, Senior Research Associate, Columbia University, New York
Shanna Smith Jaggars
Friday, July 8, 2011
3:30 PM — 5:00 PM
Successful Remedial Education Reform Strategies (session #352)
This session will look at how states and systems can develop comprehensive strategies that will increase the college success of students who enroll in developmental education.

  
Shanna Smith Jaggars, Senior Research Associate, Columbia University, New York
Shanna Smith Jaggars
Saturday, July 9, 2011
9:45 AM — 11:00 AM
Improving Assessment - Concurrent Session (Invitation Only) (session #420)
  
Jeff Terp, Vice President, Program Analysis and Engagement, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Indiana
Jeff Terp
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.

  
Uri Treisman, Professor of Mathematics and Executive Director, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas
Uri Treisman
Friday, July 8, 2011
2:15 PM — 3:30 PM
The Real Story of Remedial Education (session #351)
This session will explore the role of remedial education can and should play in state efforts to increase college completion. We will explore who is to "blame" for remedial education, what are the real costs and how state policymakers could construct a public dialogue in their state around increasing the success of students in remedial education.

  
Michael Usdan, Senior Fellow, The Institute for Educational Leadership, District of Columbia
Michael D. Usdan
Friday, July 8, 2011
2:00 PM — 4:00 PM
Building the Next Generation of P-20 System Alignment (session #355)
Getting agencies to work together is tough business, and state-level P-20 councils have been accused (rightly or wrongly) of window-dressing. This session will explore the following questions: What is a truly P-20 system? What are the benefits of establishing such a system? Is the creation of a P-20 council necessary? What are the key leverage points to make a genuine P-20 system a reality in your state?

  
Bruce Vandal, Postsecondary Education and Workforce Development Institute Director, Education Commission of the States, Colorado
Bruce Vandal
Friday, July 8, 2011
2:00 PM — 5:00 PM
Leveraging State Investments in Remedial Education (session #350)
Welcome Remarks

  
Jane Wellman, Executive Director, National Association of System Heads, District of Columbia
Jane Wellman
Friday, July 8, 2011
2:15 PM — 3:30 PM
The Real Story of Remedial Education (session #351)
This session will explore the role of remedial education can and should play in state efforts to increase college completion. We will explore who is to "blame" for remedial education, what are the real costs and how state policymakers could construct a public dialogue in their state around increasing the success of students in remedial education.

  
Jane Wellman, Executive Director, National Association of System Heads, District of Columbia
Jane Wellman
Saturday, July 9, 2011
9:45 AM — 11:00 AM
Increasing Accountability & Getting Results in Remedial Education (Invite Only) (session #430)
  
Richard Westerberg, President, Idaho State Board of Education, Idaho
Friday, July 8, 2011
2:00 PM — 4:00 PM
Building the Next Generation of P-20 System Alignment (session #355)
Getting agencies to work together is tough business, and state-level P-20 councils have been accused (rightly or wrongly) of window-dressing. This session will explore the following questions: What is a truly P-20 system? What are the benefits of establishing such a system? Is the creation of a P-20 council necessary? What are the key leverage points to make a genuine P-20 system a reality in your state?

  
Gerrit Westervelt, Executive Director, The BUILD Initiative, Colorado
Gerrit Westervelt
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
12:30 PM — 2:30 PM
Reaping Rewards from Readiness P-20 (session #115)
Please drop in - even if you won't arrive on time. This two-part workshop looks in depth at the "P" part of P-20. Learn from The Colorado Story and gain insights from leading experts into how policy can support ways to enhance deeper learning across P-3.

First Session begins at 12:30 p.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Second Session with Lilian Katz begins at 2:30 p.m. and ends at 3:45 p.m.

  
Jan Yoshiwara, Deputy Executive Director of Education, Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges, Washington
Saturday, July 9, 2011
9:45 AM — 11:00 AM
Increasing Accountability & Getting Results in Remedial Education (Invite Only) (session #430)

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