2011 Legislative Summit Education Highlights
Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center
San Antonio, Texas
August 7-11

The NCSL Standing Committee on Education Agenda

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  Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday

Sunday, August 7

8:00 am - 5:0 pm


1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

What Works:  Improving Latino College Success
(Support for this session is generously provided by the Kresge Foundation and USA Funds)

Rapid  growth of the Latino population, along with large achievement gaps in college attainment require strategies and policies that work for these students in order to meet college completion goals. Analyze specific trends and issues in your state and hear "what works" to support Latino students.  NCSL staff contacts: Julie Bell, Brenda Bautsch and Michelle Liu


Monday, August 8

7:00 am - 5:00 pm


7:30 am - 2:30 pm 

Educator Effectiveness Partnership Meeting

NCSL's Foundation for State Legislatures Patnership Project for Educator Effectiveness will meet to hear from experts on educator evaluation, tenure and compensation reform and state data systems and will begin to plan for the Legislators Guide on Educator Effectiveness.

7:30 am - 1:30 pm 

What Works:  Improving Latino College Success---A continuation of the pre-conference that started on Sunday

3:00 pm - 5:30 pm  

Thinking Ouside the Box: A Fresh Approach to Education Reform
(NCSL gratefully acknowledges the support of the National Education Association for sponsoring this sesssion)

Two education experts will stretch your thinking about current policy approaches to education reform. They will challenge you to think about what policies are necessary now to meet the needs of our future public education system. NCSL staff contact: Michelle Exstrom


  • Senator Rich Crandall, Arizona



A short reception and lively discussion will follow this session on whether suggestions made by the speakers are practical and doable with Senator Clark Jolley, Oklahoma presiding.

5:45 pm - 6:45 pm


Steering Committee Meeting

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

Legislative Education Staff Network Dutch Treat Dinner

Tuesday, August 9

 7:00 am - 5:30 pm


7:00 am - 8:45 pm

Joint Legislative Health Staff Network/Legislative Education Staff Network Breakfast (LHSN and LESN): Bullying, Schools and Mental Health
Support for this breakfast is generoulsy provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)

A breakfast session that will allow you to mingle with members of the Legislative Education Staff Network and learn about what states are doing about bullying from both the health and education perspectives. NCSL staff contacts: Allison Colker and Tara Lubin


  • Cheryl Reinhart, Legislative Research Bureau, Arkansas
    Staff Chair, Legislative Education Staff Network
  • Miriam Fordham, Kentucky General Assembly


  • Joseph Wright, The Child Health Advocacy Isstitute, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Education Commission of the States, Colorado

9:00 am - 10:30 am

General Session

10:45 am - 11:45 am 

Committee Business Meeting and Federal Update

The committee will consider policy resolutions and receive an update on federal education issues. NCSL staff contacts: Lee Posey and Michael Reed 


  • Senator John Goedde, Idaho
    Co-Chair, NCSL Standing committee on Education
  • Representative Roy Takumi, Hawaii
    Co-Chair, NCSL Standing Committee on Education 

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm 

Interim Assessments:  A Tool to Improve Educator Evaluation and Student Learning
We gratefully acknowledge the sponsorship of Renaissance Learning for this luncheon)

States are moving quickly toward the design and implementation of improved evaluation systems with the inclusion of student growth in learning as a significant factor. Policymakers as well as a myriad of stakeholders need to determine the data to be used. The most widely accepted contributor has been data from summative state assessmets. During this session, we will explore the includion of short-cycle interim assessment data which provide formative information to help teachers improve instruction, and can be used to understand a teacher's impact on learning. NCSL staff contact: Michelle Exstrom


  • Roy Truby, Renaissance Learning Inc., Wisconsin


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


  • Anthony Milanowski, Westat, Maryland
  • Michelle Exstrom, NCSL, Colorado
  • Dianne Lefly, Colorado Department of Education


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Collective Bargaining
PDF iconCompensation Bills
Teacher Tenure

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm  

Collaborative School Reform: Building Partners for School Improvement

Some school districts are becoming national leaders by implementing bold education reforms through a collaborative model. This session features district leaders and a top researcher studying these cases of collaborations, who will discuss how and why this works and what state legislators can do to support these localinnovative collaborative reforms.  NCSL staff contacts: Michelle Exstrom and Lee Posey


  • Representative Rae Ann Kelsch, North Dakota


  • Joanne Weiss, U..S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.
  • Saul Rubinstein, Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, New Jersey
  • Roderick Sherman, Plattsburgh Teachers Association, New York
  • James Short, Plattsburgh City School District, New York
  • Lori Ward, Dayton Public Schools, Ohio
  • David Romick, Dayton Education Association, Ohio


US Dept of Education

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Strong Leadership Turning Around Low-Performing Schools

This session will identify the characteristics of strong school leaders who are successfully turning around low-performing schools and explore the links between school improvement, school and district leadership, and state policy.  NCSL staff contact:  Sunny Deyé


  • Representative Roy Takumi, Hawaii
    Co-Chair, NCSL Standing Committee on Education


  • Richard Middleton, North East Independent School District, Texas 
  • Jon Schmidt-Davis, Southern Regional Education Board, Georgia 
  • Senator John Goedde, Idaho 

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm 

Steering Committee Meeting

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Social Event:  An Evening in Old San Antonio

Delight in the flavors, colors, sounds and tastes that make San Antonio unique.  The historic downtown village of La Villita will be transformed into an authentic Mexican fiesta representing the diverse customs of the city.  From brightly colored pinata poles, mariachi music to delicious food, you will salsa your way through the heritage-themed plaza and streets.  Viva NCSL! 

  Wednesday, August 10

 7:00 am - 5:00 pm


7:30 am - 8:30 am

Common Core Standards Implementation
(We gratefully acknowledge the sponsorship by ACT for this breakfast session)

Hear about two reports from the ACT at this session: A First Look at the Common Core and College and Career Readiness and Affirming the Goal:  Is College and Career Readiness an Internationally Competitive Standard?   Policies will be discussed that can support teaching and learning of the Common Core. NCSL staff contact:  Sunny Deyé


  • Scott Montgomery, ACT, Inc., Iowa

8:30 am - 9:45 am

General Session

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Tour of the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County's Promise Neighborhood Project

11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Exhibit Hall Lunch
(NCSL gratefully acknowledges Clean Diesel for sponsoring this luncheion)

 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

 K-12 Education:  Are States Getting What They are Paying For?

After years of steady funding increases with little change in student results, cash strapped states are dipping into K-12 education. These controversial cuts have left legislators wanting to know if states are getting their money's worth. This session explores the results of state investments in education and how states might retool education funding to achieve better student outcomes. NCSL staff contacts: Julie Bell, Michelle Exstrom and Josh Cunningham


  • Paula Dominguez, Legislative Research, Rhode Island


  • Professor James Guthrie, George W. Bush Institute, Texas
  • Senator John Vratil, Kansas
  • Representative Scott Hochberg, Texas

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

The Critical Link Between Higher Education and the Economy
(Joint with NCSL Standing Budget and Revenue, Labor and Economic Development Committees)

As states consider public support for higher education, they are interested in strategies that have a clear "pay-off" in terms of return on investment, primarily in contributing to economic development, strengthening the workforce,a dn creating jobs. NCSL staff contacts: Brenda Bautsch and Corina Eckl


  • Bill Hammond, Chamber of Commerce, Texas
  • Representative Joaquin Castro, Texas
  • Ken Poole, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness, Virginia

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

State Pensions:  The Special Case of Teachers' Pensions

This session is one of a series of sessions focused on pension issues.  It will focus on the particular issue of teacher pensions—the impact they have on teacher recruitment and retention, impact on state budgets, and whether they should move away from a defined benefit plan to a defined contribution model. NCSL staff contact: Michelle Exstrom


  •  House Speaker Kris Steele, Oklahoma


  • Michael Podgursky, University of Missouri
  • Elizabeth Pearce, Office of State Treasurer, Vermont
  • Bill Raabe, National Education Association, Washington, D.C.

 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

 Illinois Reception

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tour of the Alamo:  Celebrating the 175 Anniversary of the Texas Revolution

Thursday, August 11

8:00 am - 2:00 pm


8:00 am - 9:15 am

Education Reform Through Choice, Charters and Vouchers

 Legisltators remain very interested in providing school choice to students, especially those in low-performing schools. During this session, experts will discuss recent state efforts to provide more choice through charters, vouchers and parent trigger laws and the legal implications.  We will explore the role of technology in these reform efforts.  NCSL staff contact: Josh Cunningham


  • Representative Sid Miller, Texas
  • Cameron Evans, Microsoft Corporation, Washington
  • Betheny Gross, Center on Reinventing Public Education, Washington
  • Jennifer Rippner, Education Counsel, Washington, D.C.

 9:30 am - 10:30 am

 General Session

10:45 am - 12:30 pm

Business Meeting

12:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Legislative Education Staff Network Business Meeting and Awards Luncheon

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Salute to Legislative Staff

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

NCSL Agriculture and Rural Developments: Future Directions

NCSL is exploring how to better serve its agricultural and rural constituents. Please join this session to discuss NCSL efforts and how NCSL can better meet the needs of the rural and agricultural legislative community. Rural education is expected to be one of the key issues discussed. 

6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Texas Dancehall Revue

Grab your cowboy hat and get ready for a boot scootin' good time at the Texas Dancehall Revue, featuring a star studded cast of Texas performers including Grammy Award-winning Ray Benson and the band, Asleep at the Wheel. The evening will be a truly Texas-size experience, with authentic chuck wagon barbeque and world famous Texas music.