Past Speakers: 2009

October 29, 2009 – Pittsburgh
Dr. Jerry Zahorchak
Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Power Point presentation by Jerry Zahorchak

October 28, 2009 – Harrisburg
Richard Rothstein
Research Associate Economic Policy Institute
Topic: How social and economic disadvantage affect student achievement and how policy should respond; and What will replace NCLB – what should the new wave of accountability in education look like.

October 1, 2009 – Pittsburgh
Martin Blank
President, Institute for Educational Leadership
Topic: Community Schools: Bridging School and Community Assets
Power Point presentation by Martin Blank

September 30, 2009 – Harrisburg
Dr. C. Kent McGuire
Dean, College of Education, Temple University
Topic: The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
Power Point presentation by Dr. Kent McGuire

June 17, 2009 – Harrisburg
Richard Coley
Director of Policy Information Center at ETS
Topic: Parsing the Achievement Gap: Baselines for Tracking Progress
Power Point presentation by Richard Coley

June 11, 2009 – Pittsburgh
Ron Cowell
President, The Education Policy and Leadership Center
Karen Molchanow
Manager of Policy Information and Programs, The Education Policy and Leadership Center
Topic: Update on Current and Hot State Education Policy Issues

June 3, 2009 – Harrisburg
Dan Fogarty
Member, PA State Board of Education
Tim Allwein
Assistant Executive Director, Pennsylvania School Boards Association
Jerry Oleksiak
Treasurer, Pennsylvania State Education Association
Stinson Stroup
Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators
Topic: Earning the High School Diploma in Pennsylvania – What Role for GCA’s, Keystone Exams 1.0 or 2.0, or Other Assessments?

May 22, 2009 – Philadelphia
Ron Cowell
President, The Education Policy and Leadership Center
Karen Molchanow
Manager of Policy Information and Programs, The Education Policy and Leadership Center
Topic: Update on Current and Hot State Education Policy Issues

April 9, 2009 – Pittsburgh
Dr. Sarah Tambucci
Executive Director, Arts Education Collaborative
Janet Sarbaugh
Senior Program Officer, The Heinz Endowments
Dr. Linda Hippert
Superintendent, South Fayette School District
Topic: Economic Opportunity: Why invest in Arts Education?

April 8, 2009 – Harrisburg
Tycene Edd
Vice President, Project GRAD USA
David Tandberg
Special Assistant to the Secretary, PA Department of Education
Topic: Project GRAD USA
Click here for a power point presentation on Project GRAD.

February 19, 2009 – Pittsburgh
Ian Rosenblum
Senior Policy Manager, Office of Governor Ed Rendell
Marianne Neel
School Board President, West Jefferson Hills School District
Mardi Isler
Coordinator of School Readiness Public Policy, United Way of Westmoreland County
Fran Serenka
Superintendent, Sto-Rox School District
Topic: Governor Rendell’s Education Issues Budget Proposal for 2009-2010

February 12, 2009 – Philadelphia
Donna Cooper
Secretary of Policy and Planning, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Lori Shorr
Chief Education Officer, Office of Mayor Nutter
Len Rieser
Co-Director, Education Law Center
Shelly Yanoff
Executive Director, Public Citizens for Children and Youth
Jacob Dailey
Director of Government Relations, Chester County Intermediate Unit
Topic: Governor Rendell’s Education Issues Budget Proposal for 2009-2010

February 11, 2009 – Harrisburg
Ian Rosenblum
Senior Policy Manager, Office of Governor Ed Rendell
Joseph Bard
President, PA Association for Rural and Small Schools
Joan Benso
President, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children
Stinson Stroup
Executive Director, PA Association of School Administrators
Topic: Governor Rendell’s Education Issues Budget Proposal for 2009-2010


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