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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Education and Workforce Summit

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The subtitle of this conference is Programs and Policies that Keep America Competitive
There is no education affiliation given for Ed

If you want to attend, the registration is $800. Attendance at the Pre-Summit policy day is another $250.

Benefactors of this conference are Booz/Allen/Hamilton, JPMorganChase, KPMG, Office Depot, Marriott, Union Pacific, CVS Pharmacy, Siemens, Sprint, State Farm Insurance. Contributors include: Ford, IBM, Ernst & Young. Media Friends are PBS and Target.

Look at the invited speakers and complain to your local PBS affiliate.

This sounds all very high-minded when in actually it's a den of rascals. And worse. Nearly every person and organization listed in this program has a long paper trail on my site. Go to the 'search' on the home page and check them out. There are just too many articles to list here.

One note: There is no indication in the program that Edward Rust who reigns as CEO of
State Farm heads up the Business Roundtable's Education Committee. For his other entanglements affecting the lives of children and the schools they attend, see Why Is Corporate America Bashing Our Public Schools?

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Education and Workforce Summit
Programs and Policies that Keep America Competitive

Wednesday, October 4
Friday, October 6, 2006

Fairmont Hotel
1717 N. Akard Street
Dallas, TX 75201


Wednesday, October 4t
8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
Introduction to the U.S. Chamber's Education and Workforce Initiative and the launch of the Institute for a Competitive Workforce

*Arthur J. Rothkopf, Senior Vice President and Counselor to the President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Introduction to Policy Day and an overview of the U.S. Chamber's education and workforce policy agenda

* Randel Johnson, Vice President, Labor, Immigration & Employee Benefits

Pre-conference session: ETS presentation

Keeping our Edge; Americans Speak on Education and Competitiveness

* David Winston, President, The Winston Group
* Allan Rivlin, Senior Vice President at Hart Research

11:00 a.m. 11:45 p.m.
Opening Keynote Plenary
The Secretary will discuss the Department of Education's priorities, reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, and the role of the business community in supporting the Department's agenda.

* Margaret Spellings, U.S. Secretary of Education

* Introduction: Suzanne P. Clark, Executive Vice President and Chief Operation Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

12:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon Panel on College Readiness:
Are we preparing students to compete in a global economy? How do we know if the preparation we provide will lead to post-secondary educational success? What needs to change?

* Charles Miller, Chair, Commission on the Future of Higher Education, U.S. Department of Education
* Dick Ferguson, President, ACT
* Dr. Dean Nafziger, Lab Director, Southwest Regional Education Laboratory
* Michael Cohen, President, Achieve, Inc.
* Moderator: Arthur J. Rothkopf, Senior Vice President and Counselor to the President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

1:30 p.m. 1:45 p.m.

1:45 p.m. 3:15 p.m.
Teacher Quality
Panelists will discuss teacher preparation and the need for policy changes that promote the proliferation of high quality teachers.

*Michelle Rhee, CEO and President, The New Teacher Project
* Dr. Lewis C. Solmon, President, Teacher Advancement Program Foundation
* Moderator: Grover J. (Russ) Whitehurst, Director, Institute for Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education

3:15 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

3:30 p.m. 4:45 p.m.
No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
What is the Commission learning from the NCLB hearings? What modifications should be made to the NCLB Act and what will it take to be reauthorized?

* Victor F. Klatt, III, Staff Director, House Education & the Workforce Committee and vice president at Van Scoyoc Associates Inc., a Washington lobbying and government-relations firm)
* Holly Kuzmich, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, U.S. Dept. of Education
* Alex Nock, Director, Commission on No Child Left Behind
* Moderator: Sandy Kress, Partner, Akin Gump
* Remarks: Jacque Johnson, Executive Director, Education and Workforce Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

7:00 p.m.

Leadership Award Dinner
Celebrate Ed Rust's leadership in education and hear his thoughts on what the business community can do to improve education and strengthen the American workforce.

* Recipient, Edward B. Rust, Jr., Chairman and CEO, State Farm Insurance
* Presenter: Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. (2005 recipient)
* Introduction: Suzanne P. Clark, Executive Vice President and Chief Operation Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

October 5th

7:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

7:45 a.m. 8:30 a.m.
Networking Breakfast
8:30 a.m. 9:45 a.m.

Competitiveness; America's Challenge
90% of the fastest growing jobs require some post-secondary education. What are the trends in the workforce and how will America meet the pending demands?

* Emily Stover DeRocco, Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
* Marcel Legrand, Sr. Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, Monster Worldwide
* Bob Wise, Former Governor, West Virginia, and President, Alliance for Excellent Education
* Moderator: Arthur J. Rothkopf, Senior Vice President and Counselor to the President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

9:45 a.m. 10:45 a.m.

Overview of National Education Initiatives
What are they and how is the business community contributing?

* Michael Cohen, President, Achieve - American Diploma Project
* Karen Cator, Director, Education Leadership and Advocacy, Apple -The Partnership for 21 st Century Skills
* Michael Hudson, President, National Center for Education Accountability - Just for the Kids
* Moderator: Kathy Havens Payne, Director of Corporate Public Affairs, State Farm Insurance - Slate Program

10:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
State Assessment Session:
How Does Your State Stack Up?

12:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m.
Businesses need to engage in education reform now to ensure that we have a competitive workforce in the future. What modifications need to be made to the education system and how can businesses support the reforms?

* Barry Salzberg, Managing Partner, Deloitte & Touche
* Dan Katzir, Managing Director, The Broad Foundation
* Moderator: Arthur J. Rothkopf, Senior Vice President and Counselor to the President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

1:45 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Share and Tell (concurrent sessions)
Models for Research-Based, Innovative Solutions

STEM: How Can We Compete?
The current lack of U.S.-trained scientists and engineers is a direct threat to the leadership of U.S. innovation. What do we need to do to improve? How do we motivate students to enter the STEM fields?

* Susan Traiman, Director, Education and Workforce Policy, Business Round Table Tapping America's Potential 2015
* Joseph Olchefske, Managing Director, American Institutes of Research
* Moderator: James Whaley, President, Siemens Foundation

Engaged Chambers: Community Strategic Planning
Chambers are taking the lead in facilitating conversations between the education and workforce communities to produce viable outcomes for students who can meet employer expectations. Hear discussions about three successful models.

* Stephen D. Dolinger, President, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education
* Judy D'Amico, Board Member, Sacramento Metro Chamber, Board Member, LEED
* Wes Jurey, President and CEO, Arlington (TX) Chamber of Commerce
* Moderator: Barbara Haight, Senior Manager for Corporate Community Relations, BoozAllenHamilton

Do We Have What it Takes to Compete?
Research shows that entry level jobs are increasingly difficult to obtain. Learn about the latest reports and how businesses are recruiting, training and retaining, entry level workers

* Linda Barrington, Labor Economist, Research Director, The Conference Board
* Irvin Porter, CVS
* Andy Chaves, Director, Youth Programs, Workforce Effectiveness and Diversity, Marriott International, Inc.
* Moderator: Donna Klein, Executive Director, Corporate Voices for Working Families

Extended Learning Time
American students spend an average of 180 days in school each year. Our international counterparts spend up to 60 days more. Does extending learning time help to close the performance gap?

* Cynthia G. Brown, Director of Education Policy, Center for American Progress
* Mike Feinberg, Co-Founder, KIPP
* Jennifer Davis, Founder, Mass 2020

How Businesses Leaders Can Become Effective School Leaders:
Learn about three options for individuals to lead in schools and school systems. From classroom teacher to superintendent, business skills transfer to from the classroom to the system.

* Rick Ogden, Member, Texas Association of School Boards
* Mollie Mitchell, Director of Recruitment, The Broad Center
* Ann Cramer, Director, Corporate Community Relations, IBM - Transition to Teaching
* Dr. Kathleen McCartney, Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Education

How Can Businesses Can Support Effective School Leaders
Supporting students and principals is a vital role for businesses. Learn about three successful programs and other strategies for school leader support.

* Kathy Havens Payne, Director of Corporate Public Affairs, State Farm Insurance - Slate Program
* Darlynn Herweg, Director, Union Pacific Foundation -The Principals' Partnership
* Dana Egreczky, Vice President, Workforce Development, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
* Moderator: Mary Linda Andrews, Director, North Carolina and Philadelphia Community Partnerships, GlaxoSmithKline

3:00 p.m. 3:15 p.m.

3:15 p.m. 4:40 p.m.

Share and Tell (concurrent sessions)
Models for Research-Based, Innovative Solutions

Evaluation: How Do You Know That Your Program is Working?
Investing in education can be very rewarding. How do you know that your corporate program is making a difference for students and that your money has been well spent? Learn about ways that you can measure success.

* Jon Baron, Executive Director, Coalition for Evidence Based Policy
* Steve Fleischman, Vice President, American Institutes for Research
* Moderator: Bernie Milano, KPMG

How Businesses Can Support Student Learning
Motivating students to stay in school and prepare for like takes many forms. Learn about different ways corporations have approached student motivation and achievement.

* Cheryl Carrier, Manager, Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies, Ford Motor Company
* Debby Ballard, Director, Community Relations, Sprint Nextel
* Andee Gerhardt, Ernst & Young
* Moderator: Mary Wong, President, Office Depot Foundation

Innovative School Models
Preparing students for life beyond high school requires innovative leaders, interesting environments, and engaging school cultures. Hear about models that work and how businesses have supported them.

* Jay Engeln, Resident Practitioner: School/Business Partnerships, National Association of Secondary School Principals
* Mary Cullinane, Group Manager, U.S. Partners in Learning Program, Microsoft
* Dr. Nadine Kujawa, Superintendent, Aldine School District, TX
* Moderator: Dr. N. Gerry House, President and CEO, Institute for Student Achievement

Career and Technical Education (STEM)
Preparation for STEM careers takes different forms at the HS, community college and university levels. Learn how educational institutions are working to fill the gaps of STEM employees in the workforce.

* Dr. Charlene R. Nunley, President and CEO, Montgomery College
* Debra Wollaber, Dean, College of Health Sciences and the School of Nursing, Belmont University
* Marcel Legrand, Sr. Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, Monster Worldwide
* Association of Career and Technical Education
* Moderator: Karen Elzey, Senior Director, Center for Workforce Preparation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The Impact of Business Education Coalitions
Business education coalitions can build consensus between educators and employers, drive the state agenda for change, and facilitate discussions with policymakers. Learn strategies for success from three coalition leaders.

* Susan Carlson, Executive Director, Arizona Business and Education Coalition
* Dr. Phyllis Hudecki, Executive Director, Oklahoma Business and Education Coalition
* June Streckfus, Executive Director, Maryland Business Roundtable for Education
* Moderator: Matt Gandal, Executive Vice President, Achieve, Inc.

Good Data, Smart Decisions
Ensuring that every child does learn requires the collection of data that can inform early and appropriate interventions. This information is critical for making decisions at all levels of the school system from the classroom to central administration. What do we know, what do we need to know, who is asking the questions, and where will we find the answers?

* Tom Lindsley, NCEA, Data Quality Campaign
* School Matters
* Christopher B. Swanson, Ph. D., Director, Research Center, Editorial Projects in Education
* Moderator: Rick Hess, Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

4:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m.
Working Session: Framing Solutions
Business Leaders' Tool Kit discussion followed by state working groups

* Matt Gandal, Executive Vice President, Achieve, Inc.

6:30 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
Dinner at the Texas State Fair: Boots, Beer, and BBQ

Friday, October 6th

8:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m.
State Breakfast Roundtables
Attendees sit together with leaders from their state to learn about initiatives that are underway and that they can join

9:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m
Standout States (concurrent sessions)
North Carolina

* Michael Cohen, American Diploma Project
* Tricia Willoughby, Partnership for 21st Century Skills
* John Dornan, Executive Director, Public School Forum of North Carolina
* Judith Rizzo, Executive Director and CEO, James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy
* Moderator: Bill Shore, Director of U.S. Community Partnerships, GlaxoSmithKline

How has the business community contributed to reform efforts?

* Patti Clapp, Vice President, Education and Workforce Development, Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce
* Ken Zornes, Deputy Executive Director, Texas Business and Education Coalition
* Lucretia Ahrens, Manager, Community Relations, Centerpoint Energy


* Florida Department of Education Representatives

10:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
Closing Plenary

* (President, National Governor's Association - Invited)

— Program
U. S. Chamber of Commerce


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