NASBE’s Annual Conference focuses sessions on the latest thinking across a wide range of education topics, on the professional development of board members and on the formulation of state education policy.

Dear Colleague:

Join us this October for our annual conference, this year centered on the theme: “The Future is Now… What’s Next?” Sessions will be focused on Evidence-based Policymaking and Innovation as the history and the future of education reform.  See below for more information.

Jim Kohlmoos
Executive Director

Chicago, IL • October 11–13, 2012

Confirmed Speakers and Sessions

  • Catherine Augustine, Senior Policy Resarcher, RAND, Summer Learning breakout
  • Claudia Bach, Director of Educator Policy, Preparation, and Leadership, MA Dept. of Education, School Leadership breakout
  • John Bailey, Executive Director of Digital Learning Now! , General Session “On the Cutting Edge with Digital Learning”
  • Jean-Claude Brizard, Superintendent, Chicago Public Schools
  • David Coleman, Founder and CEO, Student Achievement Partners, General Session on the Common Core
  • Lisa Sharma Creighton, Senior Program Coordinator, Nutrition, Hunger and Physical Activity, NEA Health Information Network, General Session on Student Health
  • Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University School of Education, Skype conversation about teacher evaluations
  • Deb Delisle, Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Opening Conference keynote speaker
  • Pat Forgione, Distinguished Presidential Scholar and Executive Director, Center for K-12 Assessment & Performance Management at ETS, Assessments breakout
  • Steve Gering, Chief Leadership Development Officer, Chicago Public Schools, School Leadership breakout
  • Ruchi Gupta, Assistant Professor in Pediatrics, Northwestern University, General Session on Student Health
  • Laura Hamilton, Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND, School Leadership breakout
  • Christopher Koch, Illinois Superintendent of Schools, General Session on the Common Core
  • Jim Kohlmoos, Executive Director, NASBE
  • Kathryn LeRoy, Chief Officer of Academic Services, Duval County, FL Schools, Summer Learning breakout
  • Gayle Manchin, President, NASBE
  • Karen McAvoy, Director, Center for Concussion, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, General Session on Student Health
  • Rebecca Mieliwocki, 2012 National Teacher of the Year, Keynote luncheon speaker
  • Jeff Smink, Vice President of Policy, National Summer Learning Association, Summer Learning breakout
  • Doug Sovde, Director of Instructional Supports & Educator Engagement, PARCC
  • Kyla Wahlstrom, Director for Center for Applied Research and Education Improvement, School Leadership breakout
  • Gov. Bob Wise, Executive Director, Alliance for Excellent Education, former governor of West Virginia, General Session “On the Cutting Edge with Digital Learning”


When: October 11–13, 2012
Where: Chicago, IL

Conference PowerPoint Presentations

Download any/all of the presentations you saw at the 2012 Annual Conference. Link to Presentations

Conference Resources

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Hotel Information

Hyatt Chicago – Magnificent Mile (Formerly the Wyndham Chicago Hotel)
Address: 633 North St. Clair, Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-573-0300
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