2011 Spring Forum Education Highlights
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Washington, D.C.
April 14-15, 2011

NCSL Standing Committee on Education Agenda

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Thursday, April 14

 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Visit with U.S. Department of Education officials at the department

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Steering Committee Meeting and Lunch

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Student Assessments:  What Legislators Need to Know
(Joint with the NCSL's Women's Legislative Network)

State legislators are eager to learn more about current work on student assessments and the impact for state policy and budgets. Hear from experts about their work and discuss important considerations for states.  NCSL Staff Contacts: Michelle Exstrom and Sunny Deyé

Presiding:

  • Senator John Goedde, Idaho
    Co-Chair, NCSL Standing Committee on Education

Moderator:

  • Jane Krentz, National Center on Educational Outcomes, Minnesota

Speakers:

  • Michael Cohen, Achieve, Washington, D.C.
  • Sue Gendron, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, Washington
  • Cornelia Orr, National Assessment Governing Board, Washington, D.C.  

Cohen

Gendron

Orr

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm 

Improving Latino College Completion

With the rapid growth of the Latino population in the U.S. along with large achievement gaps in college attainment, college completion goals cannot be reached without specifically addressing Latino student success.  Learn about trends and policies supporting Latinos. NCSL Staff Contact: Michelle Liu

Presiding:

  • Representative Jo Ann Pottorff, Kansas
    Vice Chair, NCSL Standing Committee on Education

Speakers:

PDF iconWinning the Future 

PDF iconExcelencia 

5:45 pm - 7:00 pm 

Reception  at the Marriott Wardman Park

Friday, April 15

9:15 am - 10:15 am

  

Business Meeting: Federal Update and Policy Discussion

The committee will have a working session on its policy, "The Federal Role in Elementary and Secondary Education."  NCSL Staff Contacats:  Lee Posey and Michael Reed

Presiding:

  • Senator John Goedde, Idaho
    Co-Chair, NCSL Standing Committee on Education

10:15 am - 12:00 pm 

Federal Topics in Education

This session explores a wide variety of topics involving the federal role in education.  NCSL Staff Contacts: Lee Posey and Michael Reed

Presiding:

  • Representative Jo Ann Pottorff, Kansas
    Vice Chair, NCSL Standing Committee on Education

Speakers:

  • Jane Krentz, National Center on Educational Outcomes, Minnesota
  • Daniela Garcia, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce, Washington, D.C.
  • Michele McLaughlin, U.S. Sendate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Washington, D.C. 

PDF iconPosey

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
State Education Roundtable
NCSL Staff Contact: Michelle Exstrom
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Effects of States' Fiscal Conditions on Student Achievement

During the current fiscal crisis, some states are cutting education budgets across the board while others are more surgical. Explore how cuts may impact student achievement and discuss which programs are worth the investment.  NCSL Staff Contact: Michelle Exstrom

Moderator:

  • Senator John Vratil, Kansas

Speakers:

  • John Myers, Augenblick, Palaich and Associates, Colorado
  • Kim Rueben, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, Washington, D.C.
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Reception on the Marriott Lawn
Saturday, April 16

 7:45 am - 1:30 pm

Educator Effectiveness Partnership Meeting

NCSL's Foundation for State Legislatures Partnership Project for Educator Effectiveness will meet to hear from experts on educator preparation, licensure and professional development.