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National Forum 2012


  Monday, July 9, 2012
10:00 AM7:00 PM
Registration Desk (session #100)
9:00 AM3:00 PM
NCLC Board Meeting (Invitation Only) (session #110)
11:30 AM2:30 PM
Closing Achievement Gaps Using a P-3 Approach (session #115)

This session will address preschool through 3rd grade (P-3) as the crucial foundation for student achievement and school success. The session will provide not only a framework for understanding the comprehensive nature of P-3 reforms, but also specific ideas about the policies and practices needed to meaningfully impact young students’ learning opportunities. Participants will have the chance to examine their own early childhood and early elementary efforts and consider strategic ways to strengthen and expand alignment from preschool through 3rd grade. This session will provide theoretical, empirical, and practical perspectives on improving education for young learners.

Kristie Kauerz
Kristie Kauerz, Program Director, PreK-3rd Education, University of Washington, Washington
1:00 PM2:00 PM
Legislative Education Staff Network (LESN) Meeting (Invitation Only) (session #120)
1:00 PM3:00 PM
2012 State Teachers of the Year (Invitation Only) (session #121)
2012 State Teachers of the Year will receive an overview of this year’s Forum activities and learn more about the roles they will play at the 2012 Forum. State Teachers of the Year will engage with high-level policymakers and ECS Commissioners to exchange practitioner and policymaker perspectives on high-profile education policies and learn the most effective ways to impact education policy in their own states.

John Merrow
John Merrow, President, Learning Matters, Inc., New York
2:30 PM3:15 PM
ECS Commissioners' Business Meeting (session #125)
ECS Commissioners are asked to join their colleagues and represent their state at the annual business meeting of the Commission.

3:25 PM4:10 PM
Innovation and Experiment to Create a Science of Learning (session #126)
Science and technology have transformed society. In education, change is coming — with science, rather than tradition, shaping the way we learn in the future. Paul Kelley will show how innovation based on good science can transform learning and educational progress. Based on the results of these innovations, he will argue how the US, as the world leader in neuroscience and technology, can become a world leader in learning.

Paul Kelley
Paul Kelley, CEO, Innovation Trust, United Kingdom
4:10 PM4:55 PM
Funding Education Innovation in a Down Economy (session #130)
Innovative education programs are more important now than ever – but how can you push innovation in a tight economy? This session will look at real world solutions to this problem by highlighting two innovative state and district education programs that are being undertaken right now with little or no funding available.

Jennifer Davis
Jennifer Davis, President & CEO, National Center on Time & Learning, Massachusetts
Jeanine Oakes
Jeannie Oakes, Director, Educational Opportunity and Scholarship Programs, Ford Foundation, New York
John Squires
John Squires, Department Head, Mathematics, Chattanooga State Community College, Tennessee
6:00 PM7:00 PM
Welcome Reception at Hotel (session #140)
Welcome Remarks from Georgia Superintendent John Barge.

John Barge, State Superintendent of Schools, Georgia Department of Education, Georgia

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