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2010 Agenda

Roadmap to Reform: Destination Excellence

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
8:30 – 10:15AM General Session

State of the Movement

Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida 1999-2007, opens the third annual National Summit on Education

Reform with an update on state efforts to transform education, state by state, for the 21st century.

State of the States

  • Visionary state leaders discuss education in the states.
  •  Tony Bennett, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Deborah Gist, Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Paul Pastorek, Louisiana State Superintendent of Education
  • Gerard Robinson, Virginia Secretary of Education
  • Eric Smith, Florida Commissioner of Education
  • Moderator: Michelle Bernard, President & CEO,Independent Women’s Forum and MSNBC Analyst
10:30 – 11:45AM Strategy Sessions

Strategy Session #1: Download the Data on Teacher Effectiveness: Identifying Quality Teachers

Panelists will discuss how data on student learning can be used to measure and reward effective teaching. (Download session presentations)

  • Dr. Kriner Cash, Superintendent, Memphis City Schools
  • Mary Ellen Elia, Superintendent, Hillsborough County Public Schools
  • Jason Felch, Reporter, The Los Angeles Times
  • Aimee Guidera, Executive Director, Data Quality Campaign
  • Stefanie Sanford, Deputy Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Strategy Session #2: Mythbusters: Shattering Common Myths about Education Policy

Respected researchers from around the country will separate fact from fiction on policies, including class size, teacher certification, social promotion and funding. (Download session presentations)

  • Dr. Matt Chingos, Postdoctoral Fellow, Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University
  • Dr. Michael Podgursky, Professor of Economics, University of Missouri
  • Dr. Marguerite Roza, Senior Data and Economic Advisor, Gates Foundation
  • Dr. Jay Greene, Department Head and 21st Century Chair in Education Reform, University of Arkansas

Strategy Session #3: Building the Base: Gaining Ground with Moms and Dads

Pioneers in the reform movement will share their ground game for garnering the support of parents and the public in advancing bold education reform.

  • Steve Barr, Founder & Chair Emeritus, Green Dot Public Schools
  • Derrell Bradford, Executive Director, Excellent Education for Everyone (E3)
  • Megan Irwin, National Expansion Director, Stand for Children
  • Eva Moskowitz, CEO, Success Charter Network
  • Joe Williams, Executive Director, Democrats for Education Reform
Noon – 1:45PM Luncheon Keynote

Power Lunch

Hear the nation’s top CEOs talk about the importance of education on America’s competitiveness in the 21st century knowledge economy.

  • Cesar Conde, President, Univision Networks
  • William E. Oberndorf, Managing Director, SPO Partners
  • Edward B. Rust, Chairman and CEO, State Farm Insurance Companies
  • William S. Simon, President and CEO, Walmart U.S.
  • Mortimer B. Zuckerman, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Boston Properties, and Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, US News & World Report
  • Kathleen Shanahan, CEO, WRScompass
  • Moderator: Jamie Gangel, National Correspondent, NBC
2:00– 3:15PM Strategy Sessions

Strategy Session #4: Exit to Excellence: Florida’s Formula for Student Success

Panelists will present reforms that have led to rising student achievement in the Sunshine State. (Download session presentations)

  • Dr. Christy Hovanetz, Senior Policy Fellow, Foundation for Excellence in Education
  • Dr. Matthew Ladner, Vice President of Research, Goldwater Institute
  • Eric Smith, Commissioner, Florida Department of Education
  • John Winn, Chief Program Officer, National Math & Science Initiative
  • Phil Handy, former Chairman of the Florida Board of Education

Strategy Session #5: Unlocking the Potential of Technology to Customize Education: Transforming the Education Delivery System

Panelists will discuss innovative programs that use technology to tailor instruction to meet the needs of individual students. (Download session presentations)

  • Teri Sanders, Outreach Director, California K-12 High Speed Network
  • Michael Horn, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Innosight Institute
  • Joel Klein, New York City Schools Chancellor
  • Tom Vander Ark, partner, Vander Ark/Ratcliff

Strategy Session #6: Teaching to the Top: Ensuring a Great Teacher in Every Classroom

Panelists will discuss recent efforts to reform teacher tenure and compensation. (Download session presentations)

  • Ann Duplessis, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, City of New Orleans, former Louisiana state senator
  • Mike Johnston, Colorado Senate
  • Dr. Jeanette Taylor, Florida State University
  • John Thrasher, Florida Senate
  • Mike Petrilli, Thomas B. Fordham Foundation
3:30 – 4:45PM General Session

Necessity is the Mother of Innovation

Panelists will discuss innovative approaches to cutting costs without cutting quality. Topics include virtual learning, pension reform, outsourcing and school closure and consolidation. (Download session presentation)

  • Tony Alpert, Director, Office of Assessment & Accountability, Oregon Department of Education
  • William E. Eggers, Global Director, Public Sector Industry, Deloitte Research
  • Kil Huh, Director of Research, Pew Center on the States
  • Bob Wise, Governor of West Virginia 2001-2005, Online Learning Imperative
  • Dr. Frederick M. Hess, Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
7:00 – 9:00PM Dinner Keynote

The Honorable Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
8:00 – 9:15AM Breakfast Keynote

Sir Michael Barber: Lessons of Reform from the United Kingdom

Sir Michael Barber shares his secrets of success and lessons of reform during his service as Education advisor to United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Moderator: Chester E. Finn, Jr., President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute

9:30 – 10:30AM General Session

Roadmap to Education Everywhere

Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida 1999-2007, and Bob Wise, Governor of West Virginia 2001-2005, release principles, policies and recommendations of the Digital Learning Council, a diverse group of more than 100 leaders in education, government, philanthropy, business, technology and policy, that outlines the roadmap of reform for local, state and federal officials to advance digital learning.

10:45 – Noon Strategy Sessions

Strategy Session #7: Reinventing High School: Preparing Students for Success in the 21st Century

Panelists will discuss innovative policies to move students to graduation and better prepare them for college, the workforce, and success inthe increasingly competitive global economy.

  • Rich Crandall, Arizona House of Representatives
  • Hanna Skandera, CEO, Laying the Foundation, Inc.
  • Colleen Englert, Executive Director, Florida Ready to Work
  • Dr. Teresa Chasteen, President and CEO, Worldwide Interactive Network

Strategy Session #8: Zoned for Excellence: Providing the Best Education for Every Student in America

Panelists will discuss the multiple school choice options, including tax credits, charter schools, virtual learning and vouchers. (Download session presentations)

  • Patrick Anderson, Oklahoma Senate
  • Jim Horne, former Florida Education Commissioner
  • Dick Morris, Author and Political Analyst
  • Joe Negron, Florida Senate
  • Angel Fuentes, New Jersey General Assembly
  • Andrew Coulson, Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute
12:15 – 1:45PM Lunch Keynote

Secretary Arne Duncan, U.S. Department of Education