Past EPLC Events

Past Symposiums:

 

Annual Arts and Education Symposium

The first Arts and Education Symposium was held in October 0f 2011.  EPLC hosted a second Arts and Education Symposium in October of 2012.  Keynote presentations from the first two Symposia were delivered by Dr. Jonathan Katz, CEO, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies; Dr. Mary Ann Stankiewicz, professor of art education, Pennsylvania State University; Sandra Ruppert, director, Arts Education Partnership; and Ayanna Hudson, director of arts education, National Endowments of the Arts.

A third Arts and Education Symposium was held in October of 2013.  Available at ArtsEducationPA.org is video of the keynote presentation given by Ian David Moss, founder, Createquity and research director, Fractured Atlas; the student performance of “Pieces” by M-Uth Theatre of Millersville University; the awards presentation; and the policy leader panel.  Audio is also available for three select sessions regarding Student Learning Objectives, gathering and analyzing data of learning in the arts, and the new National Core Arts Standards.

2012 Pennsylvania Education Finance Symposium

The 2012 Pennsylvania Education Finance Symposium was held on Friday, November 16, 2012 in Harrisburg.  The program included the following presentations:

Pennsylvania Update
Ron Cowell
, President, The Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC)

A Growing Challenge: Pennsylvania Public School Employee Pension Update
Jeffrey Clay, Executive Director, Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS)

Panel Discussion: PASA - PASBO Survey on the Impact of  Funding Cuts
Wanda M. Erb, Business Manager, Northern Tioga School District
Jay D. Himes, CAE, Executive Director, PA Association of School Business Officials
Robert A. Schoch, PRSBA, Director of Business Administration, North Penn School District

Panel Discussion: Property Tax Reform Efforts in Pennsylvania
David Davare, Director of Research Services, Pennsylvania School Boards Association
Matthew Knittel, Director, Independent Fiscal Office

Pennsylvania Budget and Finance Review                       
Sharon Ward, Executive Director, PA Budget and Policy Center

Panel Discussion: School District Financial Recovery (Implementation of Act 141 of  2012)                      
Michael Churchill, Of Counsel, Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia
Karen Molchanow, Executive Director, State Board of Education

The 2012 Education Finance Symposium was supported by grants from William Penn Foundation, Falk Foundation, and the Fulfilling the Dream Fund.


School Choices Forum in State College

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
State College, PA
                   
Introduction – EPLC’s PA School Choices Project
Ron Cowell
, President, The Education Policy and Leadership Center
 
 
Panel: Vision for School Choices in Pennsylvania
Erica Frankenberg, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Education Policy Studies, College of
   Education, Penn State University
                    
Panel: Public School Choices in Pennsylvania
Richard Daubert, Executive Director, Tuscarora Intermediate Unit
Mark D. DiRocco, Superintendent, Lewisburg Area School District
Bob O’Donnell, Superintendent, State College Area School District
Jennifer Donohue, Education Director, Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools

Panel: What Parents Want to Know About School Choices in Pennsylvania
Bonita Allen, Former Chair, Title I State Parent Advisory Council
Tara Purcell, Legislation and Advocacy Chair, Pennsylvania PTA
Nina Jenkins, Parent, Nittany Valley Charter School

The School Choices Project of EPLC is supported by a generous grant from the Heinz Endowments.


School Choices Forum in Pittsburgh

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Pittsburgh, PA

Introduction – EPLC’s PA School Choices Project
Ron Cowell, President, The Education Policy and Leadership Center

Panel Discussion: Vision for School Choices in Pennsylvania
Stanley W. Thompson, Director of The Heinz Endowments’ Education
    Program
Jeremy Resnick, Executive Director and Founder, Propel Schools
Ron Cowell, President, The Education Policy and Leadership Center

Panel Discussion: Public School Choices in Pennsylvania
Jennifer R. Beagan, Senior Program Director, Educational Services, Allegheny
    Intermediate Unit
Robert Fayfich, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools
Dr. Lawrence C. Korchnak, Superintendent, Baldwin-Whitehall School District
Marianne LeDonne, Director, Regional Choice Initiative, Beaver Valley
    Intermediate Unit
Dr. Patrick O’Toole, Superintendent, Upper St. Clair School District

Panel Discussion: What Parents Want to Know About School Choices in Pennsylvania?
Bonita Allen
, Former Chair, Title I State Parent Advisory Council
Tara Purcell, Legislation and Advocacy Chair, Pennsylvania PTA
Mark Conner, Former Director of Family and Community Engagement, Pittsburgh Public Schools
Cindy Duch, Director of Parent Advising, PEAL Center

 
School Choices Forum in Harrisburg

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Harrisburg, PA

Introduction – EPLC’s PA School Choices Project
Ron Cowell, President, The Education Policy and Leadership Center

Panel Discussion: Vision for School Choices in Pennsylvania
Senator Jeffrey Piccola, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee
Ron Cowell, President, The Education Policy and Leadership Center

Panel Discussion: Public School Choices in Pennsylvania
Marianne LeDonne, Director, Regional Choice Initiative, Beaver County Intermediate Unit
Brian Griffith, Director of Curriculum Services, Capital Area Intermediate Unit
Mark D. DiRocco, Superintendent, Lewisburg Area School District
Oscar Rossum, Sr., Past President and Co-Founder, Lincoln Charter School (York County) and CEO of Full Circle Inc. (Charter School Management Company)
Martin J. Hudacs, Superintendent, Solanco School District

Panel Discussion: What Parents Want to Know About School Choices in Pennsylvania?
Bonita Allen, Former Chair, Title I State Parent Advisory Council
Quibila Divine, Former Director, Parent and Family Engagement, The School District of Philadelphia; and President and Founder,The Educational Advocates Reaching Today’s Hardworking Students
Tara Purcell, Legislation and Advocacy Chair, Pennsylvania PTA
Annie Clark, Chairperson, Parent Advisory Committee, Lincoln Charter School


2011 Pennsylvania Education Finance Symposium

The 2011 Pennsylvania Education Finance Symposium was held on Thursday, November 17, 2011.  The program included the following presentations:

“Promoting Student Achievement in Tough Budget Times” – Allan Odden, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, School of Education at University of Wisconsin; Co-Director, Consortium for Policy Research in Education at Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin; Co-Director at Strategic Management of Human Capital

Panel Discussion – “Effects of 2011-2012 State Budget”
Jim Buckheit, Executive Director, Pennsylvania School Boards Association
Jim Estep, Superintendent, Mifflin County School District
Wayne McCullough, Director of Administrative Services, Southern York County School District

“A National Perspective: Education Finance in the States and the National Equity and Excellence Commission”Michael Rebell, Professor and Executive Director of The Campaign for Educational Equity, at Teachers College, Columbia University

Legislative Panel: “Significant Education Funding Issues Looking Forward to the 2012-2013 State Budget”
Jeffrey Miller, Budget Analyst (R), House Appropriations Committee, Office of Representative Adolph
Debbie Reeves, Senior Budget Analyst (D), House Appropriations Committee, Office of

The 2011 Education Finance Symposium was supported by grants from William Penn Foundation, Falk Foundation, and the Fulfilling the Dream Fund.


2010 Pennsylvania Education Finance Symposium

EPLC’s annual Education Finance Symposium was held on November 18, 2010 at Wildwood Conference Center on the campus of Harrisburg Area Community College. Please see below for agenda information, and presenter names and links to their PowerPoint presentations.

Pennsylvania Update: Status Report on PA K-12 Funding Reform; Impact of 2010-11 State Budget; and Fiscal Forecasting for 2011-12 Budget

Ron Cowell, President, The Education Policy and Leadership Center
Sharon Ward, Executive Director, PA Budget and Policy Center

National Perspective: “Is School Funding Fair: A National Report Card” from the Education Law Center (New Jersey)
David G. Sciarra, Esq., Executive Director, Education Law Center (New Jersey)

Panel Discussion: Building on Recent Progress: Where Can We Go with K-12 Funding Issues in Context of New PA Political Fiscal Conditions?
Jay D. Himes, CAE, Executive Director, PA Association of School Business Officials
Susan Gobreski, Executive Director, Education Voters PA

The Old and the New: Remarks by Governors’ Policy Leaders
Donna Cooper, Former PA Secretary of Policy and Planning, Office of Governor Rendell
Dr. Paula Hess, Senior Advisor to the Republican Leader, PA House of Representatives

Panel Discussion: A Broader View of the “Education” Budget – Let’s Not Forget Early Education, Higher Education, Libraries, Arts, Museums, and more
Dr. Winston Cleland, Policy Analyst, PA Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development
Barbara Franco, Executive Director, PA Historical and Museum Commission
Carol Obando-Derstine, Executive Director, Children’s Coalition of the Lehigh Valley
Rep. Steve Samuelson, Chairman, PA House of Representatives Committee on Aging and Older Adult Services, Subcommittee on Care and Services and Vice Chairman, Committee on Children and Youth
Carrie Wissler-Thomas, President, Art Association of Harrisburg


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