Agenda of Expert-Led Sessions & Discussions

This event streamed live from Jersey City, NJ on Monday, April 2, 2012. All times are Eastern Time.

8:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

  • Chris Cerf, Acting Commissioner of Education, New Jersey
  • Virginia B. Edwards, President, Editorial Projects in Education and Editor-in-Chief, Education Week
8:05 a.m. KEYNOTE CONVERSATION: Scaling Up Student Success
Alan M. Blankstein, author, Failure Is Not an Option and The Answer Is in the Room, and president, The Hope Foundation, in conversation with Virginia B. Edwards, editor-in-chief, Education Week, and president, Editorial Projects in Education

  • How to maximize teacher PD to measurably improve student learning
  • Ensuring that your teachers are ready to teach conceptually and with understanding
  • Recruiting and training leaders from the ranks of teachers to help reform efforts succeed
9:00 a.m. Putting Common Standards Into Practice: Leveraging New Curricula and Instruction at the District Level

  • Organizing a “deep dive” into the standards to help teachers uncover what they mean and inspire new instructional approaches that boost student achievement
  • Leading teams that are adapting or creating curriculum and instructional materials for the common standards
  • Connecting with state leaders as they plan ways to use the common core to improve student outcomes

Speakers:

  • Mark Baumgartner, Director, Professional Issues, Cleveland Teachers Union
  • MaryEllen Elia, Superintendent, Hillsborough County, Tampa, Florida
  • Sasheen Phillips, Senior Executive Director, Center for Curriculum and Assessment, Ohio Department of Education
  • Pam Stewart, Chancellor, Division of K-12 Public Schools, Florida
9:55 a.m. Midmorning Break
10:20 a.m. Raising Student Achievement in the Shifting Federal and State Landscape

  • Meeting state and federal demands for student progress in an uncertain political climate
  • How the next version of the ESEA could change expectations for student performance
  • Sustaining your district’s commitment to educating diverse groups of students in the face of federal, state, and local budget challenges

Speakers:

  • Tony Bennett, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Indiana
  • Chris Cerf, Acting Commissioner of Education, New Jersey
  • Dan Domenech, Executive Director, American Association of School Administrators
  • Lillian Lowery, Secretary of Education, Delaware
11:10 a.m. Lunch Break
12:20 p.m. EVENT CENTERPIECE (Part I)
Alan November, Senior Partner and Founder, November LearningKEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Smart District Leadership—Fostering Student Engagement as a Driver of Student Success

Part I: What You Need to Do

  • How to effectively meet high expectations and deliver academic success for all students districtwide
  • What effective teacher professional development looks like and how to measure its results
  • Defining accountability and implementing deeper learning skills as you innovate in your district
1:10 p.m. Making the Data Deluge a Stream of Opportunity for Your District

  • Building a districtwide culture that embraces the use of data to attain goals for student success
  • Identifying the data that matters for strengthening schools and improving achievement
  • Tailoring data tools and resources to meet the distinctive needs of your district

Speakers:

  • Leroy D. Nunery II, Special Advisor to the School Reform Commission, School District of Philadelphia
  • Shael Polakow-Suransky, Chief Academic Officer and Senior Deputy Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
  • Adrian Talley, Associate Superintendent, Montgomery County, Maryland
1:55 p.m. Afternoon Break
2:20 p.m. EVENT CENTERPIECE (Part II)
Alan November, Senior Partner and Founder, November Learning
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Smart District Leadership—Fostering Student Engagement as a Driver of Student Success
Part II: How You Can Do It!

  • How to effectively deliver high expectations and academic success for all students districtwide
  • What effective teacher professional development looks like and how to measure its results
  • Defining accountability and implementing deeper learning skills as you innovate in your district
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