Annual Conference 2017: Conference Sessions

Annual Conference 2017: Conference Sessions
Conference Sessions

Plenary Session: Fostering Excellence, Equity, Innovation
(Thursday, November 2, 2017, 9:15 am – 10:30 am) (Ballroom A & B)

Join College Board’s David Coleman and Khan Academy’s Sal Khan for a game-changing conversation on how to foster equity, excellence, and innovation in education. This session will explore ways state board members can achieve a new vision for teaching and learning that supports all students in mastering rigorous content and applying the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in college and careers. Learn about innovative ways to rethink education delivery, including personalized learning that can happen anywhere, anytime.

Panelists: David Coleman, The College Board; Sal Khan, Khan Academy; Jonathan Amaya, James Madison University student; Jay Barth, NASBE Board Chair, Arkansas Board Chair; Kris Amundson, NASBE President and CEO (moderator)


Concurrent Session: Rethinking High School
(Thursday, November 2, 2017, 10:45 am – 11:55 am) (Ballroom C)

Graduation rates are up, but are high school students ready for college and careers? Join a discussion on new models of learning that prepare students for success in a rapidly changing global economy. Hear from researchers and policymakers on their successes and challenges in breaking the mold on high school.

Panelist: Stephanie Wood-Garnett, Institute for Student Achievement (ISA)/Educational Testing Service (ETS); Margaret “Macke” Raymond, Center for Research on Education Outcomes; Margie Yeager, Chiefs for Change; Byron Ernest, Indiana Board Member


Concurrent Session: Rethinking Teaching and Learning
(Thursday, November 2, 2017, 10:45 am – 11:55 am) (Ballroom A & B)

Dive deep into a rethinking of teaching and learning with a leading researcher. Only well-prepared, culturally skilled, committed teachers can ensure that all students graduate ready for college and careers. The session will cover recent research on professional learning and a systems approach to retooling curriculum and instruction.

Panelists: Linda Darling-Hammond, Learning Policy Institute; Donna Johnson, Delaware State Board of Education


Concurrent Session: Rethinking Leadership
(Thursday, November 2, 2017, 10:45 am – 11:55 am) (Ballroom D)

Research from The Wallace Foundation and opportunities in ESSA underscore the impact of strong school leaders. This session highlights the efforts of three Georgia school districts—Gwinnett, Pelham, and Richmond County—to support urban and rural school leaders, develop pipelines for an effective, diverse workforce, and empower all leaders to improve schools.

Panelists:J. Alvin Wilbanks, Gwinnett County Schools; Floyd Fort, Pelham City Schools; Angela Pringle, Richmond County Schools; Sheneka Williams, University of Georgia; Mike Royal, Georgia Board Chair; Glenn Pethel, Gwinnett County Schools (moderator)


Lunch Session: Public Perceptions on Student Success: Using Data to Close the Gap
(Thursday, November 2, 2017, 12:05 pm – 1:25 pm) (Buckhead Ballroom (lobby level))

Explore polling that reveals a disconnect between parent perceptions of how their children are performing academically and national data on actual performance, and discover ways to leverage ESSA reporting provisions to narrow this divide.

Panelists: Bibb Hubbard, Learning Heroes; Dakarai Aarons, Data Quality Campaign; Kris Amundson, NASBE President and CEO (moderator)

Friend of Education Award


Concurrent Session: Effective Interventions for Our Most Vulnerable Students
(Thursday, November 2, 2017, 1:35 pm – 2:45 pm) (Ballroom A & B) 

Gather lessons learned from policymakers and practitioners who have developed innovative, effective strategies to transform persistently low-performing schools.

Panelists: Erica Champagne, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; Susan Therriault, American Institutes for Research; Carey Wright, Mississippi State Superintendent of Education; Eric Thomas, Georgia Chief Turnaround Officer; Ann Duffy, Education First (moderator)   


Concurrent Session: Preparing Early Learning Teachers to Serve Diverse Children
(Thursday, November 2, 2017, 1:35 pm – 2:45 pm)

Changing demographics signal challenges for early learning educators, whose students are increasingly likely to be living in poverty, require English-language instruction, or come from cultural backgrounds different from their teachers. A top expert explores the implications for state workforce policies.

Panelist: Aisha Ray, Erikson Institute


Concurrent Session: Courageous Conversations (Part 1)
(Thursday, November 2, 2017, 1:35 pm – 2:45 pm) (Ballroom D) 

NASBE in partnership with Courageous Conversations™ will introduce a protocol to help state board members articulate how they feel about race and its role in educational equity. Discover how personal racial consciousness sets the foundation for leading for equity. Join discussions and interactive exercises on transforming education to deliver equity and excellence for all students.

Panelist: Courtlandt Butts, Pacific Educational Group; Kimberly Charis, NASBE


Concurrent Session: Equitable, Transparent, and Flexible School Funding: Can It Be Done?
(Thursday, November 2, 2017, 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm) (Ballroom A & B) 

Do schools with the most needs get the most resources in your state? What state and local models foster an equitable distribution across schools?  How will states leverage ESSA per pupil expenditure requirements to launch conversations on funding systems? Join a discussion led by education finance experts.

Panelists: Marguerite Roza, Georgetown University; Michael Griffith, Education Commission of the States; Dan Thatcher, National Conference of State Legislatures; Jim Porter, Kansas Board Chair


Concurrent Session: Designing Systems of Excellence: Needs Assessment and Interventions
(Thursday, November 2, 2017, 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm) (Ballroom C) 

Not all struggling students attend persistently low-performing schools. Closing gaps requires intervention strategies that reach beyond the 5 percent of schools identified for comprehensive support and improvement. Find tools and resources to meet the needs of all students.  

Panelists: Allison Rose Socol, The Education Trust; Amy Starzynski, Foresight Law + Policy; Carlas McCauley, WestEd Center on School Turnaround; John Kelly, NASBE Board Chair-Elect, Mississippi Board Member; Guy Johnson, Partners for Each and Every Child (moderator)


Concurrent Session: Courageous Conversations (Part 2)
(Thursday, November 2, 2017, 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm) (Ballroom D)

NASBE in partnership with Courageous Conversations™ will introduce a protocol to help state board members articulate how they feel about race and its role in educational equity. Discover how personal racial consciousness sets the foundation for leading for equity. Join discussions and interactive exercises on transforming education to deliver equity and excellence for all students.

Panelist: Courtlandt Butts, Pacific Educational Group; Kimberly Charis, NASBE


General Session
(Friday, November 3, 2017, 9:00 am – 9:30 am) (Ballroom A & B) 

Presiding: Jay Barth, NASBE Board Chair

Distinguished Service Awards


Plenary Session: Leading Innovation to Advance Teaching and Learning
(Friday, November 3, 2017, 9:30 am – 10:45 am) (Ballroom A & B) 

How can state board members pursue and support innovation? Learn how improvement science can foster a more user- and problem-centered approach to improving teaching and learning. Explore ways to build state capacity to identify, adapt, and scale up promising innovations. 

Panelist: Ash Vasudeva, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; Glen Harvey, WestEd; Candice McQueen, Tennessee Commissioner of Education; Robert Hull, NASBE (moderator)  


Concurrent Session: Bold Ideas and Interesting Innovations in ESSA Plans
(Friday, November 3, 2017, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm) (Ballroom C) 

What bold, innovative strategies did states reveal in their ESSA accountability plans? What are the trends? How are states preparing school districts and communities to make the shift from plan to practice? How can policymakers use feedback from the U.S. Department of Education and others to keep improving their plans?

Panelists: Mike Petrilli, Thomas B. Fordham Institute; Adam Ezring, Collaborative for Student Success; Gretchen Guffy, ACT; Connie Fletcher, Washington State Board of Education  


Concurrent Session: Increasing Access to High-Quality Education: Traditional Schools, Charters, and Choice
(Friday, November 3, 2017, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm) (Ballroom D) 

Delve into the options for state boards to ensure a high-quality education for every child while expanding public school choices. Learn about promising practices in authorization of charter schools and the role state board members play in the process.

Panelists: Sivan Tuchman, Center on Reinventing Public Education; Nelson Smith, National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA); Christy Wolfe, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS); Michael Jones, Missouri State Board of Education


(Friday, November 3, 2017, 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm) (Buckhead Ballroom (lobby level))

Policy Leader of the Year Award


Off-Campus Programming: King Center
(Friday, November 3, 2017, 1:45 pm – 5:30 pm)

Join colleagues on a field trip to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change for a self-guided tour of this treasured National Historic Site. Sign up at the registration desk to reserve your spot on the bus.


Focus Group on Charter School Authorizing
(Friday, November 3, 2017, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm) (Ballroom C) 

Join NASBE and NACSA to explore the state board role in fostering high-quality charter schools and better outcomes for all students in a focus group setting.


Joint Session with NCOSEA: When Social Media Becomes an Oxymoron: The Clash Between Free Speech and School Security
(Friday, November 3, 2017, 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm) (Ballroom D) 

This session will address emerging legal frameworks for determining when the off-campus Internet speech of school personnel and students has a sufficient on-campus nexus for school security and safety purposes. 

Presenter: Kevin McDowell, Indiana


State Board Roundtable
(Friday, November 3, 2017, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm) (Ballroom C) 

Join state board members from across the country who share similar governance models and policy interests for facilitated roundtable discussions on boards’ role in ESSA implementation.


Reception and Focus Group: Creating Healthy School Environments
(Friday, November 3, 2017, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm) (Buckhead Ballroom (lobby level)) 

With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Child Trends is researching implementation of policies to create healthy school environments. You are invited to an evening reception and focus group to share relevant experiences in your state. If you would like to participate, please contact Miranda Carver Martin  from Child Trends at 240-223-9313 or


Plenary Session: Excellence through Equity
(Saturday, November 4, 2017, 9:00 am – 10:00 am) (Buckhead Ballroom (lobby level)) 

One of the nation’s top education researchers leads this conversation about what equity and excellence mean in education. Learn practical strategies schools, districts, and communities use to promote excellence through equity. Explore how equity and excellence are intrinsically linked and how to drive excellence by ensuring all young people can cultivate their potential.

Panelists: Pedro Noguera, UCLA; Kris Amundson, NASBE President and CEO


Plenary Session: Reenvisioning Success for Students and Schools
(Saturday, November 4, 2017, 10:15 am – 11:45 am) (Buckhead Ballroom (lobby level)) 

Schoolhouse and state house alike have emphasized the academic skills students need to succeed. But overwhelming evidence demands a complementary focus on social and emotional skills and competencies. Join a discussion on reenvisioning education in support of the whole student.

Panelists: Tim Shriver, National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development (NCSEAD); Pedro Noguera, NCSEAD; Gene Wilhoit, NCSEAD; Rachel Wise, Nebraska State Board of Education; Jacqueline Jodl, NCSEAD (moderator)


Plenary Session: NASBE Town Hall
(Saturday, November 4, 2017, 11:45 am – 12:15 pm) (Buckhead Ballroom (lobby level)) 

President and CEO Kris Amundson offers key takeaways from the conference and opens the floor for Q&A.   


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