2014 Legislative Summit


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

 

11:45 AM to 1:15 PM

Cooking Up Hunger Solutions: A Conversation with Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Foods America

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Ballroom A
  • NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
  • NCSL Education Committee
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
  • NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
  • NCSL Hunger Partnership
Celebrity chef and TV personality Andrew Zimmern is best known for his popular Travel Channel series but he is also committed to combating hunger in America. Come join this discussion to learn about innovative partnerships, initiatives and data-driven strategies such as Taste of the NFL and Hunger-Free Minnesota, and what state legislators can bring to the table to craft local solutions to hunger challenges.

  • Presiding:
  • Representative Dwight Evans, Pennsylvania
  • Senator Renee S. Unterman, Georgia
  • Speaker:
  • Kim Nelson, General Mills, Minnesota
  • Andrew Zimmern, Travel Channel, Minnesota

 

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The Future of Higher Education: Implications for States and Students

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200ABIJ
  • NCSL Education Committee
Higher Education is dramatically changing. Students are increasingly older, take longer to finish their degrees, and often attend multiple institutions. New lucrative credentials and certificates are available as alternatives to the traditional four-year degree. And states are rethinking how they fund institutions and students and hold them accountable. Hear about the impacts and implications of this changing world of higher education and talk about innovative ways states are making college more accessible, affordable and flexible.

  • Facilitator:
  • Blake Johnson, Complete College America, Washington, D.C.
  • Demaree Michelau, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Colorado
  • Jennifer Parks, Midwestern Higher Education Compact, Minnesota
  • Chris Rasmussen, Midwestern Higher Education Compact, Minnesota
  • Bruce Vandal, Complete College America, Washington, D.C.
  • Speaker:
  • Jeffrey Selingo, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

7:30 AM to 8:45 AM

Education Hot Topics Breakfast

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200C
  • NCSL Education Committee
Take part in two opportunities for small-group discussion on hot topics, including education funding, education data, STEM-focused afterschool programs, digital learning, community schools, and equity and the achievement gap.

  • Panelist:
  • Mary Kingston Roche, Coalition for Community Schools, Washington, D.C.

 

10:30 AM to 11:45 AM

Federal Updates: Data Privacy and Waivers

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200ABIJ
  • NCSL Education Committee
Hear updates on important federal education issues that impact state education reforms. Explore renewal and implementation concerns surrounding ESEA waivers issued by the U.S. Department of Education, and look at federal education data privacy requirements.

  • Speaker:
  • Deborah Delisle, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.
  • Paige Kowalski, Data Quality Campaign, Washington, D.C.

 

11:45 AM to 12:30 PM

Education Committee Business Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200ABIJ
  • NCSL Education Committee
Discuss policy directives and resolutions.


 

12:30 PM to 1:45 PM

Arts in Education & Workforce Lunch

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200DEFG
  • NCSL Education Committee
  • NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
Turnaround Arts, a signature program of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, is demonstrating how arts education can have a dramatic impact in the country’s lowest-performing schools. Hear from members and staff of the President's Committee on the impact of the arts on often-ignored elements of reform – attendance, parent engagement, school climate, and other school turnaround indicators. Come learn about the role of the arts in shaping the lives and development of future generations, both in the classroom and in their careers.

  • Speaker:
  • Senator Richard J. Cohen, Member, President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Minnesota
  • Rachel Goslins, Executive Director, President's Committee On the Arts and the Humanities, Washington, D.C.
  • Ron Gubitz, ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy, Louisiana
  • Yo-Yo Ma, Grammy award-winning cellist & Member, President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Massachusetts

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges Americans for the Arts for sponsoring this lunch.
 

2:00 PM to 3:15 PM

Charter School and Private Choice Accountability

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200ABIJ
  • NCSL Education Committee
How do we create fair accountability policies for schools intended to be fundamentally unique from one another? Should we? Ensuring taxpayer money is being spent effectively and with positive academic effect while protecting autonomy and innovation in schools of choice is a difficult balancing act facing legislatures across the country. Hear about different approaches to accountability in both public and private school choice programs including how to measure performance and what to do with low-performing schools.

  • Moderator:
  • Richard Crandall, Former Arizona Senator, Crandall Corporate Dietitians, Utah
  • Panelist:
  • Michael Brickman, Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Leigh Dingerson, Annenberg Institute for School Reformn at Brown University, Rhode Island
  • Dr. Lisa Grover, State Advocacy, New Mexico
  • Leslie Hiner, Friedman Foundation For Educational Choice, Indiana

 

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Implementation of Common Core and Assessments: Lessons from the Trenches

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200ABIJ
  • NCSL Education Committee
This year statehouses are ground zero for the nationwide debate over the new Common Core State Standards and assessments. A panel of legislators will reflect on these debates and share their expertise and lessons learned. Learn about NCSL's innovative Common Core legislation bill tracking tools and interactive roadmap designed to help you understand options for implementing the new standards and assessments.

  • Speaker:
  • Senator John W. Ford, Oklahoma
  • Representative Mary Stuart Gile, New Hampshire
  • Dennis Van Roekel, National Education Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Alison Wright, Teacher Leader, Kentucky