National education reform conference starts this week

Sessions on reform, which address the larger issue of education reform, are well-suited for state leaders, superintendents, and administrators, and will cover a wide range of topics, from the value of pre-education to the growing trend of districts implementing transparent A-F grading systems.

Featured speakers include Dr. Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute; Michael Gove MP, England’s Secretary of State for Education; Theodore B. Olson, former United States Solicitor General; Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former United States Secretary of State; Dr. Clayton Christensen, professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation; and many other state, national and international reform leaders.

Reform-focused sessions include:

Day 1: “A Customized Education: Extreme Choices through Digital Learning”

Educational choice is evolving beyond simple choices between traditional public schools and alternatives such as charter and private schools. The next generation of choice introduces new ways for students to enroll in individual courses from a variety of sources. Hear state and education leaders share what they are doing–and what is yet to be done–to use digital learning technologies to create options and provide families with an education that meets the unique needs and interests of their child.

The moderator is Michael Horn, co-founder and executive director for education at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation. The panelists include: Ken Bradford, assistant superintendent for the Louisiana Department of Education’s Office of Content; Susan Patrick, president and CEO of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL); and Howard Stephenson, Utah state senator.

Day 1: “Winning the Kitchen Table Conversation: The Art of Communicating Education Reform”

The most popular, and at the same time polarizing, of education policies is often a topic of conversation in “every home” in America, not just amongst education leaders. Some of the most important conversations about the future of schools and students aren’t happening in classrooms, but over kitchen tables, in teacher break rooms, on the airwaves, over Twitter, and in legislative buildings.

Join this session to learn how to effectively communicate issues critical to the student-centered reform movement across target audiences in your state. Panelists will draw from successful examples and personal experiences when discussing how to build comprehensive communications approaches to achieve broad-based support for education reform.

The moderator is Shannon Bream, correspondent for Fox News Channel. The panelist include: Michael Bassik, U.S. Digital Practice Chair at Burson-Marsteller and CEO of Proof Integrated Communications; Peter Cunningham, president of Cunningham Communications and Senior Advisor at Whiteboard Advisors; and Mike Murphy, partner at Revolution Agency.

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Meris Stansbury

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