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  ECS National Forum Plenary Sessions
Thursday, July 7, 2011
8:00 AM — 8:15 AM
Welcome from Governor Hickenlooper (session #211)
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.

Hilary Pennington
Hilary Pennington, Director of Education, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Washington
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.

Robert L. Corcoran
Robert Corcoran, President, GE Foundation, Connecticut
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.

Irving Hamer
Irving Hamer, Deputy Superintendent, Academic Operations, Technology & Innovation, Memphis City Schools, Tennessee
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.

Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin, Associate Professor, Colorado State University, Colorado
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.
E. D. Hirsch, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Education and Humanities, University of Virginia, Virginia
Thursday, July 7, 2011
12:00 PM — 1:30 PM
Plenary Lunch (session #230)

2011 James Bryant Conant Award Winner is Ted Kolderie, Co-Founder, Education│Evolving, Minnesota


2011 Frank Newman Award for State Innovation Award Winner is New England Secondary School Consortium

ACCEPTING AWARD: Virginia Barry, New Hampshire Commissioner of Education

2011 ECS Corporate Award winner is ExxonMobil

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?

Howard Gobstein
Howard Gobstein, Executive Officer & Vice President, Association of Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU), District of Columbia
Thomas Horgan
Thomas Horgan, President & CEO, New Hampshire College and University Council, New Hampshire (Moderator)
Mike Johnston
Hon. Michael Johnston, Senator, Colorado State Senate, Colorado
Rick Melmer
Rick Melmer, Dean, University of South Dakota, South Dakota
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.

Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Indiana Department of Education, Indiana
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John Bonaiuto, Executive Director, Nebraska Association of School Boards, Nebraska
Hanna Skandera
Hanna Skandera, Secretary of Education, New Mexico Public Education Department, New Mexico
Friday, July 8, 2011
8:00 AM — 8:05 AM
Welcome from ECS President Roger Sampson (session #315)
Friday, July 8, 2011
8:05 AM — 8:20 AM
Brief Session with Mark Nieker (session #316)
Mark Nieker
Mark Nieker, President, Pearson Foundation, New York
Friday, July 8, 2011
8:20 AM — 9:05 AM
Governors' Panel (session #317)
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.

Frederick Hess
Frederick Hess, Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, District of Columbia
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

John Medina
John Medina, Developmental Molecular Biologist, University of Washington School of Medicine, Washington
Friday, July 8, 2011
12:15 PM — 1:45 PM
Plenary Lunch (session #340)
Friday, July 8, 2011
2:00 PM — 5:00 PM
Leveraging State Investments in Remedial Education (session #350)
Welcome Remarks

Mike Collins
Michael Collins, Program Director, Jobs for the Future, Massachusetts
Joe Garcia
Hon. Joe Garcia, Lieutenant Governor and Executive Director, Colorado Department of Higher Education, Colorado
Bruce Vandal
Bruce Vandal, Postsecondary Education and Workforce Development Institute Director, Education Commission of the States, Colorado
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?

Matt Gianneschi
Matt Gianneschi, Deputy Executive Director, Colorado Department of Higher Education, Colorado

Sherri Killins, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, Massachusetts
Michael D. Usdan
Michael Usdan, Senior Fellow, The Institute for Educational Leadership, District of Columbia
Richard Westerberg, President, Idaho State Board of Education, Idaho
Jennifer Dounay Zinth
Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Senior Policy Analyst, Education Commission of the States, 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.

Hon. Keith King, Senator, Colorado Senate, Colorado
Hon. Johnnie Roebuck, Representative, Arkansas House of Representatives, Arkansas

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