Education Legislative Briefing

2012 National Conference

Education Legislative Briefing
November 30 - December 1

As the global economy becomes more and more competitive, schools are looking for ways to better prepare students for college and/or the workforce. Some states have found success with various policies and programs. This briefing included a discussion of rigorous academic standards, common assessments, professional development, teacher preparation, time and technology, and state accountability systems. State leaders can determine what will work best based on the needs of individual communities. Experts provided an analysis of existing state policies and offer innovative strategies and solutions to put transformational ideas into practice.

Speakers and Presentations: 

 Keynote Speaker: Barbara Chow, Education Program Director, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Monica Martinez, President, Martinez Education Consulting, California

Gus Goodwin, Engineering & Technology Education Teacher, King Middle School, Maine

Elaine Colella, English Teacher, King Middle School, Maine

Mark Gervais, Social Studies Teacher, King Middle School, Maine

Jeff McClellan, Head of School, MC2STEM High School, Ohio

Meenoo Rami, English Teacher, Science Leadership Academy, Pennsylvania

Michael Marder, Co-director, UTeach Institute & Associate Dean for Science and Math  Education, University of Texas, Austin

Kyle Kendrick, Math Teacher, Manor New Tech, Texas

Meredith Curley, Dean, University of Phoenix, College of Education, Arizona

  "Teacher and Leader Effectiveness"

Laura McBain, Director of External Relations &Leading Schools Program, High Tech High, California

Scott Palmer, Partner, EducationCounsel, Washington, D.C.

David N. Cook, Director of Innovation and Partner Engagement, Kentucky Department of Education, Kentucky

Elena Fulton, Student, Denver Odyssey School, Colorado

Marcia Fulton, Principal, Denver Odyssey School, Colorado

Liza Unger, Student, Avalon School, Minnesota

Christopher Shearer, Program Officer, Education Program, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, California

  "Closing Keynote Address"

Speaker Biographies:

Barbara Chow

Chow began her term as the education program director with the Hewlett Foundation in the fall of 2008, coming from the House Budget Committee where she served as policy director. From 2001-2007 she was the executive director of the National Geographic Education Foundation and vice president for education and children’s programs at National Geographic.

Barbara served in both terms of the Clinton administration. From 1993 to 1997, she was a special assistant to the president for legislative affairs, acting as White House liaison to Congress on economic, budget, and appropriation matters. From 1997 to 2001, Barbara worked in the Office of Management and Budget, where she was the program associate director for education, income maintenance, and labor. Starting in 2000, she kept the OMB position and added the position of deputy director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.
Earlier in her career, she worked as a member of the staff of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, as staff member of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee specializing in energy and natural resource issues, and as a manager of federal budget policy at Price Waterhouse. She also served on two presidential transition teams—in 1992 for President-elect Clinton and in 2008 for President-elect Obama.

Barbara served as a member of the board of Grantmakers for Education from 2001 to 2006, the last two years as co-chair and then chairperson; as ex-officio board member of the National Environmental Education Foundation from 2004 to 2006; and as a member of the steering committee of the Geography Education National Implementation Plan from 2001 to 2006.

Raised in Fullerton, Calif., Barbara has a bachelor's degree in government from Pomona College and a master's degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley. She is married to Steven Ray and has two children, Kate and Lucas.


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