Spring Forum 2013 Agenda


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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

 

12:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Charter Management Organizations Policy Discussion

Location:
Hyatt Regency Denver Level 3-Mineral FG
Join us for lunch and a discussion on the role of state policy in replicating successful charter schools and closing low-performing ones. 

  • Panelist:
  • Vinny Badolato, Colorado League of Charter Schools
  • Betheny Gross, Center on Reinventing Public Education, Washington
  • Nina Lopez, KIPP Colorado Schools
  • Alex Medler, National Association of Charter School Authorizers, Illinois

Thursday, May 02, 2013

 

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Can Violence Be Prevented?

Location:
Hyatt Regency Denver Level 3-Centennial F
  • NCSL Education Committee
  • NCSL Law & Criminal Justice Committee
Learn about research on the best ways to ensure our schools and communities are prepared for and safe from violence. 

  • Moderator:
  • Senator John W. Ford, Oklahoma
  • Speaker:
  • Susan Payne, Safe2tell, Colorado
  • William Woodward, University of Colorado - Boulder

 

2:45 PM to 4:15 PM

K-12, College, and the Workforce: Improving Connections in the Education Pipeline

Location:
Hyatt Regency Denver Level 3-Mineral A
  • NCSL Education Committee
  • NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
Learn how states are looking to create seamless education systems to help students be prepared for either college or a career from their first day of school. Hear about Colorado’s achievements and challenges, discuss your own, and learn how to strengthen the education pipeline in your state.

  • Moderator:
  • Senator Gary D. LeBeau, Connecticut
  • Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos, Washington
  • Speaker:
  • Geri Anderson, Colorado Community College System
  • Lieutenant Governor Joseph Garcia, Colorado

Friday, May 03, 2013

 

7:00 AM to 8:20 AM

Breakfast: What Legislators Need to Know About New Education Assessments

Location:
Hyatt Regency Denver Level 3-Mineral A
Hear about the latest developments from Smarter Balanced and PARCC assessment consortia and ask about sample questions, cost, technology needs and implementation timeline.

  • Presiding:
  • Paul Headlee, Legislative Service Office, Idaho
  • Speaker:
  • Tony Alpert, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, Washington
  • Lesley Muldoon, PARCC, Washington, D.C.

Sponsored By: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
 

8:15 AM to 11:00 AM

Educare Site Visit: A Successful Early Childhood Program

  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee

Tour Educare Denver at Clayton Early Learning Center, a nationally recognized, public-private, community-based early learning program that brings together education officials, private funders, communities and families to create a meaningful learning experience for low-income children. Email robyn.lipkowitz@ncsl.org if you are interested in attending.


  • Moderator:
  • Charles Sallee, New Mexico Legislature

 

8:30 AM to 9:15 AM

Education Committee Federal Update/Policy Discussion

Location:
Hyatt Regency Denver Level 3-Mineral A
  • NCSL Education Committee
Hear an update on federal education legislation and regulation that could impact the states. Review current policies of the NCSL Education Committee and learn how they advance NCSL's federal advocacy efforts.


 

9:30 AM to 10:45 AM

Schools Making the Grade: A Look at New State Accountability Systems

Location:
Hyatt Regency Denver Level 3-Mineral A
  • NCSL Education Committee
Many states have or are considering adopting new accountability systems to fulfill their Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility Waiver agreements. Discuss new systems in your state and the pros and cons of assigning A-F school grades.


 

11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Schools Making the Grade: Empowering Parents to Make Wise Choices

Location:
Hyatt Regency Denver Level 3-Mineral A
  • NCSL Education Committee
Are states providing parents with the right information to make good school choices for their children? Hear experts on whether the accountability information presented in the previous session is helpful as parents make these important decisions.

  • Moderator:
  • Kenneth Warlick, Kentucky General Assembly
  • Panelist:
  • Bill Jeager, Stand For Children - Colorado
  • Dan Jorgensen, Colorado Department of Education
  • Rebecca Kisner, Donnell-Kay Foundation, Colorado

Saturday, May 04, 2013

 

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

General Session Breakfast: Higher Education

Location:
Hyatt Regency Denver Level 3-Centennial DE
General Session
States have less money to invest in higher education at a time when a college degree is more important than ever. Hank Brown, former Colorado legislator, congressman and U.S. senator, has been president of two state institutions – the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Colorado. Hear his view on the changing world of higher education and state legislators’ role in planning for the future.

  • Presiding:
  • Assemblyman Herb C. Conaway, Jr., New Jersey, Vice Chair, NCSL Standing Committees
  • Julie Pelegrin, Colorado, Staff Vice Chair, NCSL Standing Committees
  • Speaker:
  • Hank Brown, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Shreck LLP, Colorado

 

12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

NCSL Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs

Location:
Hyatt Regency Denver Level 3-Mineral FG
  • NCSL Task Force On Military & Veterans Affairs
Women's Legislative Network

NCSL’s Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs continues its work in assisting military service members and veterans by sharing best practices and innovations while working closely with military installations on cross-jurisdictional issues.  A buffet lunch will be served to task force members and guests.

12:15 PM – 12:20 PM
Opening Remarks and Introductions

Opening Remarks: 

  • Representative Dan Flynn, Texas
  • Jim Reed, NCSL

12:20 PM – 1:15 PM
U.S. Department of Defense Programs Updates

Presiding: 

  • Representative Dan Flynn, Texas

Speakers: 

  • Bruce Beard, Institute of Renewable Natural Resource, Texas A&M University
  • Cyrena Eitler, U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment, Virginia
  • Michael Behm, Stateside Associates, Virginia

1:15 PM – 1:30 PM
The Roles of the States and the National Guard in Border Security

Discussion Facilitator: 

  • Representative Dan Flynn, Texas

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Understanding Treatments for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Presiding: 

  • Representative Tim Cosgrove, Utah

Speakers: 

  • Dr. Lisa Brenner, VA Rocky Mountain Network, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Colorado
  • Melvin Neufeld, Kansas Family PTSD Education and Counseling Pilot Project
  • Dr. William A. Duncan, International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation, Virginia

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Break

2:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Overview of the Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) and the State Legislative Role in Regulating their Deployment for Civilian Uses

Presiding: 

  • Senator Elsie Arntzen, Montana

Speakers: 

  • Senator Josh McKoon, Georgia
  • Dr. Ing. Kimon P. Valavanis, University of Denver Unmanned Systems Research Institute, Colorado
  • Michael Tascano, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, Washingon, D.C.

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Legislative Roundtable:  2013 Legislative Activity

Hear members share recent enactments in their states to assist veterans and service members.  Hear an overview from NCSL of key 2013 legislation enacted in the states.   

Presiding: 

  • Representative Dan Flynn, Texas

Speakers: 

  • Alice Wheet, NCSL
  • Jackie Harriman, USA 4 Military Families Initiative, U.S. Department of Defense, Colorado

4:45 PM – 5:35 PM
State Initiatives to Help Veterans Experiencing Homelessness

Presiding: 

  • Representative Mark Takai, Hawaii

Speakers: 

  • Karla Maraccini, Homeless Initiatives at the Office of Colorado Governor John W. Hickenlooper
  • Richard Sandrock, Homeless Initiatives at the Office of Colorado Governor John W. Hickenlooper
  • Representative Leroy Garcia, Colorado

5:35 PM – 5:55 PM
Presentation on the U.S. Army Energy Initiatives Task Force

Hear how the task force partners with Army installations implement cost-effective, large-scale renewable energy projects, leveraging private sector financing for solar, wind, geothermal and biomass projects that are 10 megawatts or greater and located on Army installations in the United States.   

Presiding: 

  • Representative Tom Sloan, Kansas

Speaker: 

  • Park Haney, U.S. Army Regional Environmental and Energy Office--Region 9, Colorado

5:55 PM – 6:00 PM
Task Force Wrap-Up and Discussion of Next Steps

Closing Remarks: 

  • Representative Dan Flynn, Texas

 6:00 PM
Adjourn