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Second Annual High School Policy Conference

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Preparing Today’s Leaders for Tomorrow’s High Schools

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
–John F. Kennedy

The Alliance for Excellent Education’s second annual conference on American high school policy, Preparing Today’s Leaders for Tomorrow’s High Schools, was held from October 3-5, 2004 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. The Alliance would like to thank conference speakers, panelists, and participants for three great days of invigorating debate, interesting conversations, and valuable information.

To create the Commonwealth of Opportunity that is at the heart of our state’s agenda, more of our young people need the kind of advanced training that is required for the workplace of the twenty-first century.
–Governor Mark Warner, Virginia

AGENDA

Sunday, October 3

I. Opening Dinner and Keynote Address

William L. Taylor, Vice Chairman, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights; Attorney; Professor, Georgetown University Law SchoolIntroduction of William RaspberryWilliam L. Taylor, Vice Chairman, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights; Attorney; Professor, Georgetown University Law School VideoVideo

William Raspberry, The Washington PostWilliam RaspberryThe Washington Post VideoVideo

Monday, October 4

I. Millennials and the Next Great Generation

Neil Howe, LifeCourse AssociatesNeil Howe, LifeCourse Associates VideoVideo

A nationally recognized historian, economist, demographer, and author, Neil Howe has coauthored several books, including Generations, Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation, and Millennials Go to College. Mr. Howe discussed his findings about the viewpoints, aspirations, and other trends of tomorrow’s students.

II. Learning to Debate and Debating to Learn: Urban Debate League VideoVideo

The National Association of Urban Debate Leagues uses interscholastic debate to improve urban public education by empowering youth to become engaged learners, critical thinkers, and active citizens. This session will feature discussion among administrators, coaches, and student participants about the impact of the Urban Debate League on student performance and engagement.

Les Lynn, National Association of Urban Debate Leagues
John W. Davis, III, National High School Forensics Academy
Marion Bolden, Newark Public Schools (invited)
Urban Debate League Students from Chicago, Newark, and Washington, D.C.

III. Preparing Students for the Workforce of the Future

Anthony Carnevale, Senior Fellow, National Center on Education and the EconomyAnthony Carnevale, Senior Fellow, National Center on Education and the Economy VideoVideo

Anthony Carnevale is a recognized authority on education, training, and employment. Dr. Carnevale will discuss his recently released paper, Standards for What: The Economic Roots of K-16 Reform. Dr. Carnevale focused his discussion on education reform and the types of skills students will need to have in order to compete in the workforce of the future.

IV. Leadership for the Future

Michele Cahill, New York City Department of EducationMichele Cahill, New York City Department of Education VideoVideo

As Senior Counselor to the Chancellor for Education Policy in New York City, Michele Cahill has over twenty years of experience as a leader in reforming high schools. She will discuss the necessity of future school reforms and the skills education leaders will need to successfully implement them.

V. Case Studies in Leading Reform
In breakout sessions, panelists will share their experiences as change agents who successfully implemented reform to improve teacher quality, engage students in learning, and reduce the achievement gap. Session participants will engage in group discussions with panelists to determine what it takes to be a change agent and how to effectively create reform for the future.

Leadership in Teacher Quality
Victor Luftig, Teachers for a New Era, University of Virginia
Joan Baratz-Snowden, American Federation of Teachers
MODERATOREllen Moir, New Teacher Center, University of California, Santa Cruz

Leadership in Student Engagement
Dennis Littky, The Met Center and The Big Picture Company
Bob Mackin, America’s Choice High Schools
MODERATORChuck Achilles, Eastern Michigan University and Seton Hall University

Leadership in Closing the Achievement Gap
John Alford, KIPP Academies
Arthur Griffin, Charlotte, North Carolina School Board
MODERATORRosa Smith, Schott Foundation for Public Education

VI. Transforming High Schools: Leadership to Improve Urban Schools

Pedro Noguera, Professor, Steinhardt School of Education, New York UniversityPedro Noguera, Professor, Steinhardt School of Education, New York University VideoVideo

As an urban sociologist, Dr. Noguera’s most recent report, Pathways for Student Success, focuses on the ways in which social and economic conditions impact urban schools. Noguera’s discussion will focus on the effects of various high school reform efforts on improving student achievement and the roles school leaders play in these improvements.

VII. Creating the High School of Tomorrow VideoVideo
In 2001, approximately 69 percent of American high school students actually graduated with a high school diploma. What’s more, less than half of those students graduated “college-ready.” A panel of experts will consider what leaders at the national level need to know and do to transform American high schools. High school must move from “giant sorting machines” into effective, personalized learning communities that graduate their students prepared for college and success in life. Panelists will discuss leadership challenges in the areas of technology, infrastructure, and curriculum.

Drew Scheberle, The Center for State Scholars
Gerry House, Institute for Student Achievement
Linda Roberts, Education Consultant
Constancia Warren, Carnegie Corporation of New York
MODERATORMichael Cohen, Achieve, Inc. 

VIII. The Big Picture on School Leadership

The Honorable Mark Warner, Governor of the Commonwealth of VirginiaThe Honorable Mark Warner, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia VideoVideo

Governor Warner, who serves as chairman of the National Governors Association, has long made education a cornerstone of his administration. He will discuss his efforts in Virginia to make education a state-wide priority, and ways in which he plans to extend his leadership in education as chairman of NGA by focusing on redesigning the American high schools.

Tuesday, October 5

I. Leadership for Successful Education

The Honorable Gaston Caperton, President of the College Board and former Governor of West VirginiaThe Honorable Gaston Caperton, President of the College Board and former Governor of West Virginia VideoVideo

During his time as governor from 1988 to 1995, Gaston Caperton made great strides in improving the state of education in West Virginia by investing in technology and school renovations, as well as multiple initiatives aimed at improving teacher quality. As president of the College Board, he has launched a series of initiatives to provide assistance to students and teachers with college access, curricular and professional development, and diagnostic assessment. He will discuss the improtance of effectively preparing future education leaders so that every student will have the opportunity to receive an education that prepares him or her for college.

II. Lessons Learned: How Other Sectors Prepare Their Leaders VideoVideo
The business community, the military, the medical profession have traditionally led the way in employing inventive and effective methods to create new leaders. Many of these methods have the potential to transform the way the education community creates and prepares leaders. This panel will discuss their experiences and techniques in leader preparation and the ways in which the education community can adapt and learn from them.

Nanette Blandin, Center for Public Policy, Brookings InstitutionNanette Blandin, Center for Public Policy, Brookings Institution

Dawn Cannon, Howard University College of MedicineDawn Cannon, Howard University College of Medicine

Leo Hindrey, HL Capital and formerly with TCI, AT&T Broadband, and the YES! NetworkLeo Hindrey, HL Capital and formerly with TCI, AT&T Broadband, and the YES! Network

William Knowlton, National Defense UniversityWilliam Knowlton, National Defense University

Sara Melendez, George Washington UniversityMODERATORSara Melendez, George Washington University

III. Principal Leadership and Breaking Ranks

Dr. Beth B. Buehlmann, Executive Director, Center for Workforce Preparation, U.S. Chamber of CommerceIntroduction of Janice OllarviaDr. Beth B. Buehlmann, Executive Director, Center for Workforce Preparation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Janice Ollarvia, National Association of Secondary School PrincipalsJanice Ollarvia, National Association of Secondary School Principals VideoVideo

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is a central player in addressing issues of school reform and making specific recommendations on what school leaders ought to be doing. Janice Ollarvia will discuss NASSP’s Breaking Ranks series focusing on how Breaking Ranks I helped change principal leadership and what NASSP expects Breaking Ranks II: Strategies for Leading High School Reform to do for high school leadership in the future.

IV. Preparing the High School Leaders of Tomorrow VideoVideo
Now more than ever, the education community needs strong, innovative leadership. New standards of accountability for high schools and the greater demands of college and the workplace mean that education leaders must meet increasingly higher expectations. Across the education community, experts from a variety of perspectives have developed creative methods to prepare the best superintendents, principals, and teachers in the country. Panelists from universities and schools of education, private foundations, schools districts, and teachers’ unions will present ground-breaking models for creating future leaders in education and suggest ways in which their successes can be emulated on a larger scale.

Richard Laine, Wallace Foundation
Dal Lawrence, Toledo Federation of Teachers
Melvina Phillips, National Association of Secondary School Principals
Jon Schnur, New Leaders for New Schools
Sandra Stein, New York City Leadership Academy
Donna Wiseman, College of Education, University of Maryland
MODERATORSusan Follett Lusi, Education Consultant

V. Conclusion and Call to Action

Profiles in Leadership

Profiles In LeadershipProfiles in Leadership: Innovative Approaches to Transforming the American High School
At its second annual conference on American high school policy, the Alliance also released Profiles in Leadership: Innovative Approaches to Transforming the American High School, a collection of essays written by some of America’s foremost education innovators, including Virginia Governor Mark Warner, former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley, and Melinda French Gates. It presents valuable perspectives from a range of influential educators, foundation executives, and public officials.

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