Resources from the 2011 ECS National Forum on Education Policy

Wednesday, July 6

Session #116: Building the Foundation

Lilian Katz, Professor Emerita, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Handout of presentation (PDF): Building a Good Foundation
Karen Schimke, Program Manager, Early Learning, Education Commission of the States

Thursday, July 7

Plenary Session #213: Committing to College Completion: A National Agenda to Improve Postsecondary Attainment and Workforce Readiness

Hilary Pennington, Director of Education, Postsecondary Success and Special Initiatives, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Washington
PowerPoint presentation(PDF): Committing to College Completion: A National Agenda to Improve Postsecondary Attainment and Workforce Readiness

Plenary Session #214: The GE Foundation’s Foray into Urban School Improvement

Robert Corcoran, President, GE Foundation, Connecticut
PowerPoint presentation (PDF): GE Foundation Developing Futures™ in Educationn

Plenary Session #215: Community Link Foundation – Higher Education Funding Idea

Irving Hamer, Deputy Superintendent, Academic Operations, Technology & Innovation, Memphis City Schools, Tennessee
PowerPoint presentation (PDF)

Plenary Session #217: How Thinking in Pictures Provides Perspective

Temple Grandin, Associate Professor, Colorado State University
PowerPoint presentation(PDF): Different Kinds of Minds

Session #243: Ensuring a Return on Your Higher Education Investment

Patrick Kelly, Senior Associate, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, Colorado
PowerPoint presentation (PDF): Measuring Productivity in Higher Education
Richard Petrick, Senior Consultant, HCM Strategists, Ohio
Powerpoint presentation(PDF): Ensuring a return on your higher education investment
Mark Schneider, Vice President, American Institutes for Research, District of Columbia

Session #245: Putting It All together: 21st Century Skills, Common Core and Assessment

Kathy Hurley, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Pearson Education, Virginia
Lillian Kellogg, Vice President, Education Networks of America, Tennessee
Kristin Kipp, SREB/iNACOL Online Teacher of the Year, Jeffco Public Schools, Colorado
PowerPoint presentation(PDF): The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (all three speakers)

Session #256: An Open-Mic Session with Chiefs for Change

Tony Bennett, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Indiana Department of Education
PowerPoint presentation (PDF): Chiefs for Change – Guiding Principles
Hanna Skandera, Secretary of Education, New Mexico Public Education Department

Concurrent Session #265: Certificates as a College Completion and Workforce Strategy

Richard Simpson, SVP and Chief Academic Officer, Corinthian Colleges, Inc., California
Jeff Terp, Vice President, Program Analysis and Engagement, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
PowerPoint presentation (PDF): IVY Tech Community College

Concurrent Session #267: The Importance of Physical Activity in Schools and What Leaders Can Do to Support It

Martin Gonzalez, Deputy Executive Director, California School Boards Association
PowerPoint presentation (PDF): Active Bodies, Active Minds: Research Driven Policies and Strategies
James F. Sallis, Director, Active Living Research and Professor, San Diego State University, California
Physical Activity in Schools = Meeting Education + Health Goals (PDF)

Friday, July 8

Plenary Session #316: Read for the Record

Mark Nieker, President, Pearson Foundation, New York
PowerPoint presentation (PDF): Read for the Record

Plenary Session #317: Legislators Panel (formerly Governors Panel)

John Goedde, Chair, Idaho Senate Education Committee
Handout (PDF) : Students Come First
Michael Johnston, Chair, Colorado Senate Finance Committee
Stephen Wise, Chair, Florida Senate Education PreK-12 Committee
Handout (PDF): Race to the Top for Student Success

Plenary Session #318: Hess’ Hot Button Issues and What He’d Like to See You Do About Them

Frederick Hess, Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, District of Columbia
PowerPoint presentation (PDF): Hot Button Edu-Issues

Plenary Session #325: Brain Rules and What They Mean for Education

John Medina, Developmental Molecular Biologist, University of Washington School of Medicine
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Session #333: The Common Core: Out of the Chute and Into the Arena

Rebecca Garland, Chief Academic Officer, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
PowerPoint presentation (PDF): Implementing the Common Core State Standards in North Carolina
Linda Rogers, Associate Secretary for Teaching and Learning, Delaware Department of Education
PowerPoint presentation (PDF): Delaware’s Implementation of Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics

Session #334: With All of Our High School Reforms, Why Are Kids Still Not Well-Prepared for College and Work?

Elaine Allensworth, Co-director for Statistical Analysis, University of Chicago, Illinois
PowerPoint presentation (PDF): The Costs of Academic Rigor and Handout: Links for Studies on Curriculum

Post Forum Session #350: Leveraging State Investments in Remedial Education 

Tom Bailey, Director, Community College Research Center, Teachers College at Columbia University, New York
Treva Berryman, Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Tennessee Board of Regents
PowerPoint presentation (PDF): Leveraging State Investments in Remedial Education (PDF)
Michael Collins, Program Director of Policy, Jobs for the Future, Massachusetts
Joseph Garcia, Lieutenant Governor, Colorado
Shanna Smith Jaggars, Senior Research Associate, Community College Research Center,
Teachers College at Columbia University, New York
Tara Parker, Center for Policy Research on Preparation, Access and Remedial Education, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Gretchen Schmidt, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Virginia Community College System
PowerPoint presentation (PDF): Developmental Education Redesign –One State’s Path to Reform (PDF)
Uri Treisman, Professor and Executive Director, Charles Dana Center, University of Texas at Austin
Bruce Vandal, Director of Postsecondary Education and Workforce Development, Education Commission of the States
PowerPoint presentation (PDF): Leveraging State Investments in Remedial Education (PDF)
Jane Wellman, Executive Director, The Delta Project and National Association of System Heads, District of Columbia


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