Past Speakers: 2003

November 6, 2003 – Pittsburgh
Dr. Stewart E. Sutin
President, Community College of Allegheny County
Topic: Strategic Educational Alliances: Community Colleges and K-12

October 29, 2003 – Harrisburg
Kevin Dellicker
Executive Director and founder of Project e-Quality
Dr. Jay Scott
Executive Director of Intermediate Unit 11
Steve Brame
Legislative and Regulatory Representative, Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association
Frank Buzydlowski
Director of Governmental Affairs for Verizon
Topic: Building a Statewide Education Technology Network
For more information about project e-Quality, see

October 2, 2003 – Pittsburgh
Harriet Dichter
Policy Advisor, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Topic: Pennsylvania’s BUILD Initiative for School Readiness: A State Initiative with Many Partners
BUILD Interest Survey – Fall 2003

September 24, 2003 – Harrisburg
Martin J. Blank
Director for School/Family/Community Connections, Institute for Educational Leadership
Topic: Community Schools: Mobilizing Community and School Resources to Support Student Learning
Making the Difference: Research and Practice in Community Schools, a report from the Coalition for Community Schools

May 22, 2003 – Pittsburgh
Dr. Fran Warkomski
Director, Bureau of Special Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Topic: The Reauthorization of IDEA: Implications for Special Education in Pennsylvania

April 29, 2003 – Harrisburg
Dr. W. James Popham
Professor Emeritus, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
Topic: Educational Measurement
“Instructionally Supportive NCLB Tests: Why They’re Needed, How to Get Them,” handout from Dr. W. James Popham

April 24, 2003 – Pittsburgh
Robert Feir
President, EdStrat21 and Senior Fellow, EPLC
Jane Elizabeth
Education Editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Topic: Teacher Quality and Supply Issues

March 6, 2003 – Pittsburgh
Christopher Wakeley
Executive Director, Democratic Staff, House Education Committee
Ron Cowell
President, The Education Policy and Leadership Center
Charles J. Kolling, Jr.
Government Affairs Consultant, Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling
Dr. Charles Faust
Superintendent, Baldwin-Whitehall School District
Topic: Governor Rendell’s Proposed 2003-04 State Budget and Education Funding
Click here for Pittsburgh Post-Gazette coverage of the forum.

February 26, 2003 – Harrisburg
Dr. Robert Feir
President, EdStrat21 and EPLC Senior Fellow
J. Curtis Rose
School Board and Management Services, Pennsylvania School Boards Association
Dr. Frederica Haas
Consultant and former Director, Bureau of Teacher Preparation and Certification, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Topic: Head of the Class: A Quality Teacher in Every Pennsylvania Classroom
Click here to access EPLC’s Head of the Class report.

February 6, 2003 – Pittsburgh
Karl Girton
Chairperson, PA State Board of Education
Topic: Report from the Chair of the PA State Board of Education

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