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2012 LESN Fall Seminar Agenda

Preliminary Agenda

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LESN Logo Education Reform in an Era of Limited Resources:
A Seminar for Legislative Education Staff



Washington Hilton Hotel
Washington, D.C.
Dec. 7-9, 2012

Meeting Overview

This professional development seminar focused on state strategies to reallocate scare resources, implement  the Common Core State Standards, new assessments, new educator evaluations, and successful data system, all in an era of tight budgets. On the first day, legislative staff joined legislators and others working on education policy for a Summit on Education Resource Reallocation. On Saturday and Sunday, legislative staff heard from national experts and shared their expertise and knowledge about state efforts and strategies for implementation in a seminar design specifically for legislative staff.

The Legislative Education Staff Network (LESN) is co-sponsored by NCSL and the Education Commission of the States (ECS) as part of an effort to provide opportunities for staff to meet and compare notes with colleagues from other states who are tackling many of the same issues.


Meeting Objectives

  • Develop a better understanding of strategies used to reallocate scarce education dollars to improve student achievement.
  • Learn about state policies that may be needed for successful implementation of the common core state standards and new assessments.
  • Learn how states are working to implement new educator evaluation systems.
  • Develop a better understanding of the elements necessary for a successful data system and what legislators and legislative staff should keep in mind as they use this data for high stakes decisions at a time of new standards and assessments.
  • Learn about federal education policy initiatives and their potential impact on state education budgets.
  • Work with colleagues from around the country to apply lessons of research to state policy problems.

Preliminary Agenda

Friday | Saturday | Sunday

Friday, Dec. 7

2– 5 p.m.

National Summit on Education Resource Reallocation

Legislative staff gathered with legislators and others from the education community to hear from education funding experts about strategies that states and districts might consider to fund important education reforms with limited resources.  Participants discussed how these strategies might be used within their own states and share state stories about efforts toward resource reallocation.
 
Facilitator of Panel Discussion:

  • John Myers, vice president, Augenblick, Palaich and Associates
Panelists:
  • Frederick Hess, resident sScholar and director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
  • Tom Luna, Idaho superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Molly Hunter, director of Education Justice, Education Law Center
Facilitator of Resource Reallocation Exercise:
Resource:

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dinner, Introductions & Discussion

Staff had the opportunity to meet and mingle and share and discuss what they learned earlier in the day.

LESN Brochure
 
Facilitators:

  • Sara Shelton, program principal, National Conference of State Legislatures, Staff Liaison to LESN
  • Emily Workman, associate policy analyst, Education Commission of the States, Staff Liaison to LESN
  • Michelle Exstrom, program director, National Conference of State Legislatures
Saturday, December 8th

7:30 am – 8:45 am

Breakfast and Roundtable Discussion

Legislative staff participated in roundtable discussions about their state’s current policies on Common Core State Standards (CCSS), new assessments, and new educator evaluation systems.
 
Facilitators:

  • Dan Thatcher, senior policy specialist, National Conference of State Legislatures
  • Michelle Exstrom, program director, National Conference of State Legislatures

9:00 am – 10:30 am

Promises and Challenges of Implementation of the Common Core State Standards

Adoption of CCSS brought with it implications for a variety of statewide policies.  Curricula and instructional materials, assessments, teacher and principal professional development, early childhood reading programs, colleges of education; these are just a sample of policy areas impacted by CCSS.  This session covered the spectrum of specific policy areas and choices legislators need to consider in implementing CCSS and the promises and challenges associated with these choices.
 
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10:30 am – 10:45 am

Break

10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Teacher Preparation and Professional Learning in an Era of Common Core State Standards

Experts agree that successful implementation of the CCSS may indeed rely on teacher preparation and professional learning.  Legislative staff heard from those wporking with both teacher preparation and profession learning programs about what these fields are doing to prepare teachers adequately for these changes and what state policies can be implemented to support teachers.
 
Facilitator:
  • Michelle Exstrom, program director, National Conference of State Legislatures
Speakers:

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch and Federal Education Policy Update

NCSL’s federal education policy expert provided an update on federal education policy initiates and their potential effect on state education budgets.
 
Facilitator:

  • Michelle Exstrom, program director, National Conference of State Legislatures
Speaker:

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Assessing Student Achievement in an Era of Reform

One looming challenge for states in their implementation of CCSS, both from a fiscal and policy perspective, is the adoption, development and administration of new assessments.  And now assessments will not only measure student achievement, but also teacher effectiveness.  This session provided an overview of the progress of the two consortia developing the new assessments and the specific promises and challenges states face as they phase in these new assessments.
 
Facilitator:
  • Dan Thatcher, senior policy specialist, National Conference of State Legislatures
Speaker:
Resource:

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Break

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Evaluating and Supporting Teacher and Principal Effectiveness

Fueled by a mix of state and federal initiatives, an increasing number of states are developing and implementing teacher and principal evaluation and support systems.  This session focused on current research and policies to strengthen teacher and principal evaluation.
 
Facilitator:
  • Sara Shelton, program principal, National Conference of State Legislatures
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4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Reflection on Lessons Learned and Outstanding Questions

5:00 pm

Dinner on Your Own

Sunday, December 9th

7:30 am – 8:30 am

Networking Breakfast

LESN Steering Committee Business Meeting

8:30 am – 10:30 am

Measuring Student Growth and Teacher Impact and the Use of Student and Teacher Data Systems

Many states use the value-added or growth to measure student progress and now teacher impact and performance.  These systems will have higher stakes as we move forward with new accountability and evaluation systems.  Experts discussed what state policymakers should know about the use of their growth and value-added models, use of student data and the potential impact of new reforms on these systems.
 
Facilitator:
  • Michelle Exstrom, program director, National Conference of State Legislatures
Speakers:

10:30 am – 10:45 am

Break

10:45 am – 11:30 am

Small Group Discussions

Participants broke out into small groups and were led through a discussion of policy take-aways and lessons learned, identify challenges and brainstorm next steps.
 
Facilitators (8 groups of 5): LESN Steering Committee Members

  • Rachel Hise
  • Ken Warlick
  • Kathy Hanlon
  • Tammy Barry
  • Ben Boggs
  • Nathan James
  • Anita Thomas
  • Brita Darling

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch and Final Wrap-up

Over lunch, the small groups reported out and we debriefed the meeting’s sessions, format and logistics.
 
Facilitators:

  • Sara Shelton, program principal, National Conference of State Legislatures, staff liaison to LESN
  • Emily Workman, associate policy analyst, Education Commission of the States, staff liaison to LESN

12:30 pm

Meeting Adjourns

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