Thursday, August 1, 2013

Governor McDonnell Announces Speakers for Governor’s K-12 Education Reform Summit

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~ August 5th Summit will Build Upon Successful 2013 Legislative Agenda ~

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell, Secretary of Education Laura Fornash and ALL STUDENTS Co-Chairs Kirk Cox and Jim Dyke today released the agenda and speaker list for the upcoming Governor's K-12 Education Reform Summit to be held in Chantilly on August 5th.

The summit will feature keynote speeches from Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam via Skype, Baltimore Superintendent S. Dallas Dance, and Governor McDonnell. The summit will address the need for K-12 education reform, college and career readiness, solutions for struggling schools, public charter schools and leadership in public education. All teachers, administrators, parents, community leaders, legislators and policymakers are encouraged to register to attend.

Governor McDonnell remarked, “I thank summit co-chairs Jim Dyke and Kirk Cox for their continued leadership and hard work to assemble such a diverse and informed agenda. I am confident the discussion on August 5th will contribute to our shared goal of ensuring that all students receive a high quality education. The 2012 summit led to landmark legislation including the Opportunity Educational Institution, Educator Fairness Act, Strategic Compensation, Teach for America Act, the Red Tape Reduction Act and other significant student-centered reforms.”

The Governor’s K-12 Education Reform Summit
Chantilly, Virginia • August 5, 2013
Registration available, here:

7:15am            Registration Opens

8:00am            Welcome Breakfast Featuring College Presidents Panel
A look at K-12 from the lens of higher education.
Facilitator: Laura Fornash (Virginia Secretary of Education)
Panel: President Ángel Cabrera (George Mason University), President Pamela Fox (Mary Baldwin College), President Keith Miller (Virginia State University), Chancellor Donna Price Henry (University of Virginia’s College at Wise) President Robert G. Templin, Jr.  (Northern Virginia Community College)

9:00am            Remarks from Tennessee Governor Bill HaslamVia Skype

9:20am            Break I

9:30am            Issue Session I: The International Case for ReformWhere do we stand? A look at Virginia’s competitiveness.
Facilitator: Ned Massee (MeadWestvaco)
Panelists: Delegate Kirk Cox (House Majority Leader and Retired Teacher), Christy Hovanetz (Foundation for Excellence in Education), Ariela Rozman (The New Teacher Project)

10:45am          Issue Session II: Assessing StudentsAre Virginia students college and career ready?
Facilitator: Dr. Kristina Doubet (James Madison University)
Dean of Engineering Dr. Oktay Baysal (Virginia Board of Education), Ted Rebarber (Accountability Works), Andy Rotherham (Bellwether Education)

12:00pm          Lunch Featuring S. Dallas Dance (Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools)
1:15pm            Break II

1:30pm            Issue Session III: Strategies for Struggling Schools A look at school improvement across the nation.
Facilitator: Anne O’Toole (Former Virginia Principal)
Panelists: David Foster (Chairman, Virginia Board of Education), Aubrey Layne, Jr. (Achievable Dream), Shree’ Medlock (Black Alliance for Educational Options)

2:30pm            Issue Session IV: Entrepreneurship in Education ReformMaintaining momentum. What’s next? 
Facilitator: Susan Patrick (The International Association for K-12 Online Learning)
Panelists: Nadya Chinoy Dabby (Acting Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement), Eva Colen (Teach for America), Bob Mooney (New Richmond Ventures), Dr. Pam Moran (Superintendent, Albemarle County Public Schools)

3:30pm            Break III

3:45pm            Issue Session V: Building Virginia’s Public Charter School MarketHow does Virginia ensure quality while building capacity?
Facilitator: Kara Kerwin (Center for Education Reform)
Panelists: Rick Cruz (DC Prep), Allison Fansler (KIPP DC), Scott Pearson (DC Public Charter School Board), Russ Simnick (National Alliance for Public Charter Schools)    

4:45pm            Issue Session VI: Building Leaders in Education   
Ensuring a culture of leadership in K-12 education. 
Facilitator: Dr. Javaid Siddiqi (Virginia Deputy Secretary of Education)
Panelists: Dr. Kate Cassada (University of Richmond), Jackie Gran (New Leaders), Dr. Megan Tschannen-Moran (The College of William & Mary), Dr. Jamelle Wilson (Superintendent, Hanover County Public Schools)

5:45pm            Dinner Featuring Governor McDonnell
With Secretary Jim Dyke and Delegate Kirk Cox

Summit Sponsors

Innovation Sponsors:
Edison Learning
Dominion Resources

Outcome Sponsors:Amazon Web Services
Calvert Education
McGuireWoods Consulting
Micron Foundation
National Governors Association
Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association

Event Sponsors:Carnegie Learning, Inc.
The Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia
Department of Education
George Mason University
Longwood University
Norfolk State University
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
University of Mary Washington
University of Virginia
Virginia Community College System
Virginia Lottery
Virginia Tech
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