National education reform conference starts this week

Day 1: “Education’s New Normal: Mass Access to the Best Courses and Teachers in the World through Technology”

Massive online open courses (MOOCs) are the latest disruptive education trend–one which may permanently alter the way elementary, secondary, undergrad, and graduate students learn. What happens when students can enroll in free courses and education programs that, arguably, offer the same quality of teaching found in America’s Ivy League institutions?

How will K-12 schools verify learning and recognize credit, and how will they use this technology-powered tool to expand learning and courses to their students? Join this session to hear panelists discuss the exciting potential of this newly chartered territory.

The moderator is John Bailey, executive director of Digital Learning Now! The panelists include: Dr. Anant Argawal, president of edX; Erin Knight, senior director of learning for the Mozilla Foundation; and Hadi Partovi, co-founder and president of

Day 2: “RX for Schools: Lessons for Education from the Healthcare Sector”

In the United States, the healthcare and education sectors, though unique, share many similar challenges, including fragmentation of providers, cost containment, government bureaucracy, and use of data. Both sectors also struggle to measure and reward quality outcomes.

While this panel will not provide a test-driven plan for success, it will draw on the expertise of leading healthcare experts to lend fresh perspective to the work of both education experts and citizen legislators alike. Join this session to hear one of the most fascinating conversations about domestic policy solutions that will happen all year.

The moderator is Tevi Troy, senior fellow at Hudson Institute. The panelists include: Dr. Delos Cosgrove, president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic; Dr. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum; and Alan Levine, senior vice president and the president of the Florida Group at Health Management Associates.

Day 2: “Great Coaches Call the Right Plays: Developing Strong Principals for All Schools”

Strong leadership is a key to success in any field. With the recent focus on teacher evaluations and effectiveness, it’s important not to neglect the influence of school leaders on student achievement. Principals play a central role in determining the level of student learning at their schools; and, just like teachers, great principals are essential to providing kids with a high-quality education. Join this session to learn new approaches to training and developing the successful principals states need to prioritize students and lead schools.

The moderator is Deborah A. Gist, Rhode Island commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education and vice chair of Chiefs for Change. The panelists include: Dr. Eric Hanushek, senior fellow in Education and member of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education at the Hoover Institution; Jennifer Henry, Chief Program and Cities Officer for New Leaders; and Andrea Hodge, executive director of the Rice University Education Entrepreneurship Program.

Other sessions include K-3 reading strategies, business expectations for students, teacher prep programs, meeting the needs of students with disabilities, and more. The full agenda:

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Meris Stansbury

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