Leading Education Reform in an Era of Limited Resources: A Seminar for Education Committee Chairs

JW Marriott Denver at Cherry Creek
Denver, Colorado
June 14-16, 2012

Thursday, June 14 | Friday, June 15 | Saturday, June 16
 

Day 1: Thursday, June 14, 2012

Morning/Early afternoon

Participants travel to site and check-in

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Salon Foyer

Registration

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Salon 1 and 2

Introductions and Meeting Overview

  • Julie Davis Bell, Education Group Director, NCSL
  • Michelle Exstrom, Program Principal, NCSL

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Salon 1 and 2

School Budget Hold'em: Place Your Bets on the Budget Tradeoffs That Will Most Improve Student Performance

Learn how states can support, regulate, require, create incentives, or even get out of the way of districts in order to assist their budget process. Jonathan Travers, Director at Education Resource Strategies, will share his experience working with districts around the country on restructuring resources in tough times and facilitate "playing" the ERS game, School Budget Hold'em. Discover specific strategies that could serve as a meaningful lever towards sustainable, system wide improvements. Using actual cards, manipulate budget variables and see what it takes for districts to build a budget that better aligns with student achievement in tough times.

Facilitator:

  • Dan Thatcher, Policy Specialist, NCSL

Speakers:


Pre-Seminar Reading Materials:

Session Format: Ninety minutes (90) presentation and Q&A; thirty minutes (30) for discussion.

5:00 pm

Salon Foyer

Reception

6:00 pm

Blue Bell and Aster

Dinner and Discussion: Implementing Reforms in an Era of Scarce Resources, a District Perspective

State and district education budgets have suffered a beating the last couple of years. Learn first-hand how Denver Public Schools is forging ahead and implementing innovative reforms in this tight fiscal climate.

Facilitator:

  • Sara Shelton, Program Principal, NCSL

Speaker:

  • Susana Cordova, Chief Academic Officer, Denver Public Schools

Presentation:
 
Day 2: Friday, June 15, 2012

8:00 am – 9:30 am

Salon 1 and 2

Breakfast and Discussion: Colorado Spotlight: A State’s Perspective on Reforming Education

Colorado’s recent education reform efforts have garnered national attention. From revising standards and redesigning accountability to reforming teacher and principal evaluations, Colorado will share with participants some best practices and lessons learned.

Facilitator:

  • Michelle Exstrom, Program Principal, NCSL

Speaker:

  • Angela Baber, Director of Educator Effectiveness, Colorado Legacy Foundation

9:30 am – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 am – 11:30 am

Salon 1 and 2

State Approaches to Preparing a Pipeline of Effective Teachers and Principals

Through policy states can develop a pipeline of teachers and principals who are well prepared to teach and lead in today’s challenging 21st century school environment. This session will highlight state policies designed to improve educator preparation.

Facilitator:

  • Sara Shelton, Program Principal, NCSL

Speakers:

  • Michelle Exstrom, Program Principal, NCSL
  • Sara Shelton, Program Principal, NCSL
  • Ian Macgillivray, Assistant Deputy Director for Academic Affairs, Colorado Department of Higher Education
  • Maureen Sanders, Director, Leadership Development, Denver Public Schools

Session Format: Seventy-five minutes (75) presentation and Q&A; thirty minutes (30) for discussion.

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Blue Bell and Aster

Lunch with the 2011 National Teacher of the Year: The Complexity of Teaching and the Importance of Strong Leaders

Facilitator:

  • Michelle Exstrom, Program Principal, NCSL

Speaker:

1:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Salon 1 and 2

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 interactive session will focus on current research and policies to strengthen teacher and principal evaluation.

Facilitator:

  • Sara Shelton, Program Principal, NCSL

Speakers:

  • Michelle Exstrom, Program Principal, NCSL
  • Sara Shelton, Program Principal, NCSL
  • Toby King, Colorado Department of Education
  • Jessica Keigan, Denver teacher, Denver New Millennium Teacher, and Center for Teaching Quality Teacherpreneur

Session Format: Seventy-five minutes (75) presentation and Q&A; thirty minutes (30) for discussion.

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Break

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Salon 1 and 2

Fostering High-Quality Professional Learning for Teachers and Principals

Educator training should not end once on the job. Continuous high-quality professional learning and support strengthens the ability of teacher and leaders to improve instruction and student learning. This session will provide a vision for high-quality professional learning and policy options to achieve that vision for both teachers and principals.

Facilitator:

  • Michelle Exstrom, Program Principal, NCSL

Speakers:

  • Stephanie Hirsh, Executive Director, Learning Forward
  • Nikki Rivera, Program Consultant, Office of Teacher Learning and Leadership, Denver Public Schools

Session Format: Sixty minutes (60) presentation and Q&A; thirty minutes (30) for discussion.

Evening

Enjoy dinner on your own

Day 3: Saturday, June 16, 2012

8:00 am – 9:15 am

Salon 1 and 2

Breakfast and Discussion: Federal Education Policy Update

NCSL’s federal education policy expert will provide an update on federal education policy initiates and their potential impact on state education budgets.

Facilitator:

  • Michelle Exstrom, Program Principal, NCSL

Speaker:

9:15 am – 9:30 am

Break

9:30 am – 11:00 am

Salon 1 and 2

Promises and Challenges in Implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

Please fill out a short survey on 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 will cover the spectrum of specific policy areas and choices legislators need to consider in implementing CCSS, the promises and challenges associated with these choices, and an update of recent legislative action taken on CCSS.

Facilitator:

  • Dan Thatcher, Policy Specialist, NCSL

Speakers:

  • Dan Thatcher, Policy Specialist, NCSL
  • Michael Gilligan, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Resource Development, Hunt Institute
  • Stephanie Hirsh, Executive Director, Learning Forward

Pre-Seminar Reading Materials:

Session Format: Seventy minutes (70) presentation and Q&A; twenty minutes (20) for discussion.

11:00 am – 11:15 am

Break

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Salon 1 and 2

Assessing Student Achievement and Growth 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 will continue NCSL’s conversation with legislators on 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, Policy Specialist, NCSL

Speakers:

  • Dr. Pascal (Pat) Forgione, Distinguished Presidential Scholar and Executive Director, Center for K-12 Assessment & Performance Management at ETS
  • Jane Krentz, Research Fellow, National Center on Educational Outcomes

Pre-Seminar Reading Materials:

Session Format: Fifty minutes (50) presentation and Q&A; ten minutes (10) for discussion.

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

Salon 1 and 2

Box Lunch: Debrief and Discussion

1:00 pm

Meeting adjourns