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Fourth Annual State-of-the-Research Conference

of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University

GETTING IT DONE:

Raising Achievement and Closing Gaps in Whole School Systems:

Recent Advances in Research and Practice

 

June 16, 2008 and June 17, 2008

 

AGENDA

Monday June 16

 

8:30 – 10:00

Registration and Continental Breakfast

 

10:00 – 10:20

Opening

 

10:20 – 12:00

Conceptualizing Whole-District Strategic Reform

 

 

Presenters:
Stacey Childress, Harvard Business School, Public Ed. Leadership Program
Ellen Foley, Brown University, Annenberg Institute for School Reform
David Sigler, Brown University, Annenberg Institute for School Reform
Nelson Gonzalez, Stupski Foundation
June Rimmer, Stupski Foundation

   

Discussants:
Thomas Payzant, Harvard Graduate School of Education (Former Superintendent, Boston, MA)
Jason Snipes, Council of Great City Schools
Katherine Boles, Harvard Graduate School of Education

 

12:00 – 1:15

Lunch

 

1:30 – 3:00

Raising Achievement and Narrowing Gaps in Montgomery County, MD

 

Presenters from Montgomery County:
Frieda Lacey, Deputy Superintendent of Schools
Jamie Virga, Associate Superintendent, Organizational Development
Carole Working, Principal, Quince Orchard High School
Heath Morrison, Community Superintendent
Adrian Talley, Community Superintendent

 

Discussants:
Mica Pollock, Harvard Graduate School of Education
John Diamond, Harvard Graduate School of Education

 

3:00 – 3:30

Break

 

3:30 – 5:00

Using Data to Change District Culture in Boston, MA

 

Presenters:
Elizabeth City, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Mary Russo, Principal, Murphy Elementary School
Mary Skipper, Principal, Tech Boston Academy High School

 

Discussants:
Duncan Chaplin, Mathematica Policy Research
Thomas Payzant, Harvard Graduate School of Education

 

5:00 – 6:00

Reception

 

Tuesday, June 17

 

9:00 – 10:20

Raising Achievement and Narrowing Gaps in Richmond, VA

 

Presenters from Richmond:
Deborah Jewell-Sherman, Superintendent
Victoria Oakley, Director of Instruction
Yvonne Brandon, Deputy Superintendent of Instruction
Michael Kight, Principal, Albert Hill Middle School

 

Discussants:
Robert Peterkin, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Seth Reynolds, Parthenon Group

 

10:20 – 10:40

Break

 

10:40 – 12:00

Setting District-Level Conditions for Successful Turnarounds

 

Presenters:
LeAnn Buntrock, University of Virginia, Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education
Andrew Calkins, Mass Insight Education & Research Institute

 

Discussants:
Tony Wagner, Harvard Graduate School of Education
James Connell, Institute for Research and Reform in Education

12:00 – 1:00

Lunch

 

1:00 – 2:20

Current Efforts in Suburban School Districts

 

Presenters from Lexington MA:
Paul Ash, Superintendent, Lexington, MA
Vito A. LaMura, Lexington Teachers Association, Past President
Steven Flynn, Principal, Jonas Clarke Middle School

 

Presenters from Brookline, MA:
William Lupini, Superintendent
Jennifer Fischer-Mueller, Assistant Superintendent
David Summergrad, Principal, Runkle School

 

Discussants:
Stacey Childress, Harvard Business School, Public Ed. Leadership Program
Yvonne Allen, District Project Coordinator for Achievement Initiatives, Shaker Heights School District, OH

 

2:20 - 2:40

Break

 

2:40 – 3:45

Wrap Up: What is the State of the Field?

 

Panelists:
Janet Quint, MDRC
James Connell, Institute for Research and Reform in Education
Jason Snipes, Council of Great City Schools
Richard Murnane, Harvard Graduate School of Education

 

3:45 – 4:00

Closing Comments

Ronald Ferguson, AGI Co-Chair and Director