Legislative Conference 2017: Conference Sessions

Legislative Conference 2017: Conference Sessions

Sunday, March 19

New NASBE Board of Directors Member Orientation
(Sunday, March 19, 2017, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm)
Constitution Salon A
Newly elected and appointed members of the NASBE Board of Directors will meet for an orientation session to learn more about the organization and about their role as board members. Continental breakfast will be provided.

NASBE Board of Directors Meeting
(Sunday, March 19, 2017, 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm)
Constitution Salon A
The NASBE Board of Directors will hold its quarterly business meeting. The Board is charged with setting all policy for the association. NASBE President/CEO Kris Amundson and other members of the leadership team will be available to brief the board on NASBE’s activities in support of the board’s strategic plan. Lunch will be provided.

Opening Reception with CCSSO
(Sunday, March 19, 2017, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
Congressional and Senate Rooms, Capital Hilton
All participants in NASBE’s Legislative Conference are invited to attend an opening reception held jointly with the Council of Chief State School Officers. Bus transportation to and from the Capital Hilton will be provided. Buses will leave the Lowes Madison at 4:45, 5:00, and 5:15 pm. The last bus to take attendees from the Capitol Hilton back to the Lowes Madison will be 9:00 pm.

Opening Dinner
(Sunday, March 19, 2017, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Presidential Ballroom, Capital Hilton
All participants in NASBE’s Legislative Conference are invited to this opening dinner. Department of Defense Education Activity Director Thomas Brady and NASBE Board of Directors Chair Jay Barth will welcome attendees, followed by opening remarks by NASBE President/CEO Kris Amundson and Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Executive Director Chris Minnich. In the evening’s keynote address, Political Analyst, New York Times Best-Selling Author, and Former White House Director of Communications Nicolle Wallace will provide a birds-eye view of the political landscape in Washington, D.C., including legislative priorities of the 115th Congress, priorities of the new Trump administration, and the general tenor in Washington.

Member Meet and Greet
(Sunday, March 19, 2017, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
Presidential Ballroom, Capital Hilton
NASBE members are invited to join with CCSSO chiefs in a private meet and greet with Nicolle Wallace.


Monday, March 20

Networking Breakfast
(Monday, March 20, 2017, 7:30 am – 8:15 am)
Mount Vernon Room
A chance for state board members to connect with colleagues from other states, as well as leaders who are shaping national education policy.

Opening General Session
(Monday, March 20, 2017) 
Dolley Madison Ballroom
NASBE President/CEO Kristen Amundson and NASBE Board of Directors Chair Jay Barth will welcome attendees, and Connecticut State Board of Education Member Stephen Wright will introduce Secretary Betsy DeVos. Secretary DeVos will share her thoughts on state leadership and her priorities as Secretary of Education, including plans for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The session will also feature Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), who will discuss the Democratic perspective on ESSA implementation.

General Session and Moderated Discussion: Forging Partnerships to Shape and Advance Education Policy Agendas: Players, Perspectives, and Possibilities
(Monday, March 20, 2017, 10:00 am – 11:00 am)
Dolley Madison Ballroom
Broad and inclusive engagement of diverse stakeholders is essential to building and sustaining education policies that improve opportunities and outcomes for all students.  As state boards of education make key decisions about accountability, equity, and excellence, they need to hear from and involve a wide range of stakeholders.  What strategies  foster sustained engagement?  Experts from the education media, policymaking, teaching and business communities will offer their perspectives and discuss critical issues facing our nation’s schools.  

Panelists: Governor Bob Wise, Alliance for Excellent Education; Cheryl Oldham, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Marla Ucelli-Kashyap, American Federation of Teachers; Merrit Jones, Student Voice; Kris Amundson, NASBE President/CEO (moderator)

General Session: Components of a Changing Education Policy Agenda
(Monday, March 20, 2017, 11:05 am – 12:00 pm)
Dolley Madison Ballroom
States have new authority to determine the components of a high-quality education. What are some of the major educational opportunities that state boards of education should be aware of as they plan their policy agenda for the future?

Panelists: David Griffith, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; Melissa Tooley, New America; Robin Lake, Center on Reinventing Public Education; Robert Hull, NASBE; Abigail Potts, NASBE

Lunch Session: Policy Landscapes and the Environment for 2017: How Will Upcoming Federal Policy Affect State Actions?
(Monday, March 20, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)
Mount Vernon Room
Our friends at Foresight Law + Policy discuss the 2017 federal policy landscape including recent congressional and executive branch actions, the federal education budget, reauthorization of Perkins Act, and more… all of which could have an impact on states.

Panelists: Reg Leichty, Foresight Law + Policy; Patrick Lyden, Current Government Relations

Concurrent Session: Beyond the Test: Well-Rounded Education
(Monday, March 20, 2017, 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm)
Dolley Madison Ballroom
ESSA promotes the importance of providing a “well-rounded” education (including, but not limited to, the arts, STEM, civics, physical education, foreign language, and computer science) for all students. This panel will help participants explore what should be included and how best to ensure a well-rounded education for all students.

Panelists: Jane Best, Arts Education Partnership; Sara Vecchiotti, Foundation for Child Development; Courtney Tanenbaum, American Institutes for Research; Valerie Norville, NASBE

Concurrent Session: Exploring Options for Parents: Innovation & Alternatives in Schooling
Montpelier A & B
(Monday, March 20, 2017, 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm)
Today in public education, parent and students have an array of innovative alternative approaches to schooling including charter schools, magnets, digital learning, personalized learning, and public school choice. This “policy and proof points” session will delve into the options available to state boards to ensure a high-quality education for every child and new ways to expand public school choice in education.

Panelists: Todd Ziebarth, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools; Robin Lake, Center on Reinventing Public Education; Todd Mann, Magnet Schools of America; Renee Lang, NASBE; Paige Kowalski, Data Quality Campaign (moderator)

Concurrent Session: Ensuring High-Quality Educators for All Our Students
Dolley Madison Ballroom
(Monday, March 20, 2017, 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm)
Teachers and school leaders have a profound impact upon student learning and school conditions.  This session will cover challenges and opportunities states face in supporting teachers and school leaders to improve their craft and ensuring equitable access to high-quality educators.  This session will feature the latest research available along with practical on-the-ground approaches by states.

Panelists: Melinda George, Learning Forward; Steve Tozer, University of Illinois; Robert Hull, NASBE

Concurrent Session: Relentless Pursuit of Equity in Education Policy
Montpelier A & B
(Monday, March 20, 2017, 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm)
Opportunity and achievement gaps in our schools are both persistent and pernicious.  Only through a relentless pursuit of equity can we hope to narrow these gaps. This panel will explore ways state board members can encourage equity discussions that informs policymaking.  Learn more about NASBE’s new work to facilitate conversations and training on racial equity and hear from a leading researcher on education equity. This session will cover how to support state development of sound education policies that are responsive to the needs of historically underserved students, and how one state board is fostering meaningful conversations about opportunity and achievement gaps.

Panelists: Peter Cookson, American Institutes for Research; Guy Johnson, Partners for Each and Every Child; Dr. Estela Lopez, Connecticut Board of Education; Kimberly Charis, NASBE; Abigail Potts, NASBE

Concurrent Session: Chair to Chair (State Board chairs only)
Adams A
(Monday, March 20, 2017, 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm)
As state boards assume more responsibility, the role of the board chair is even more important. In this session, NASBE experts will provide information and specific assistance for state board chairs.

Panelists: Jay Barth, NASBE Board Chair; Kris Amundson, NASBE President/CEO

General Session: Questions Boards Should Ask About Their ESSA State Plans
Dolley Madison Ballroom
(Monday, March 20, 2017, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
Before the first round of state ESSA accountability plans are submitted to the U.S. Department of Education next month, many state boards will weigh in, and approve, their state’s plan. Join us for the release of a new NASBE policy update that identifies key questions state board members should ask as ESSA plans come before them.

Panelists: John King, Former U.S. Secretary of Education, The Education Trust; Kris Amundson, NASBE President/CEO; Michael Magee, Chiefs for Change; Sandra Boyd, Achieve (moderator)

Networking Reception
Potomac Room (Lobby Level)
(Monday, March 20, 2017, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm)


Tuesday, March 21

Area Meeting Breakfasts
Dolley Madison Ballroom
(Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 8:00 am – 9:00 am)
NASBE members will meet with others in their area to discuss common concerns and issues. Area Directors will also share information from the NASBE Board of Directors meeting.

General Session
(Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 9:15 am – 10:00 am)
Dolley Madison Ballroom
NASBE President/CEO Kristen Amundson and NASBE Board of Directors Chair Jay Barth will welcome attendees, and Indiana State Board of Education member Dr. Byron Ernest will introduce Congressman Todd Rokita (R-IN). As the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education and a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Congressman Rokita will share the direction his committees will take on key education issues coming before Congress.

General Session: Public Launch of State Board Insight 
Dolley Madison Ballroom
(Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 10:05 am – 10:30 am)

Drawn from publicly reported state board meeting minutes and agendas, NASBE’s new interactive platform, State Board Insight, covers all state board information and action items related to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Trend analyses by NASBE staff highlight compelling state stories and the critical role state boards play. Most important, however, is its potential to help state board members, researchers, journalists, educators, and community members uncover key insights. 

Panelists: Robert Hull, NASBE; Sarah-Jane Lorenzo, NASBE; John-Paul Hayworth, D.C. State Board of Education

General Session: Career Readiness
(Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm)
Dolley Madison Ballroom
What are the three big questions state boards of education should be asking about career readiness?  Learn from leading experts about strategies to audit course offerings for career readiness, measuring whether students are truly ready for careers, and what to do when students reach the end of their high school career but are not ready to join the workforce. 

Panelists: Matt Gandal, Education Strategy Group; Dave Lefkowith, Louisiana Department of Education; Leslie Slaughter, Kentucky State Board of Education

Concluding Luncheon
(Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm)
Dolley Madison Ballroom

Panelists: Kris Amundson, NASBE President/CEO 

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