Transforming Public Education
What's next for students, teachers and schools?
California is facing a slate of reforms with the potential to transform the quality of public education in the years to come. The 2013 EdSource symposium, in partnership with the California State PTA, brings together a rich combination of education leaders, experts, advocates, and practitioners to sort through the thorny issues embedded in upcoming reforms affecting school financing, teacher quality, and measuring student and school performance.
Saturday May 4, 2013, 10:00a.m.-3:30p.m. at the San Jose Convention Center (Breakfast and check-in open at 9:00a.m.)
Session I: Keynote Address: Linda Darling-Hammond, chair, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and professor of education, Stanford University.
Session II: Presentation: Post-Prop. 30 - A Brighter Budget Picture for California Education, But Will It Last?
Presentation from Jennifer Kuhn of the California Legislative Analyst's Office on the "state of the budget," outlook on the economy, and implications for public education.
Session III: Local, Local, Local - The Impact of Governor Brown's "Local Control Funding Formula"- Will It Lead to Higher Quality Education for All?
This lively panel will examine the strengths and vulnerabilities of the Governor Brown's bold financing initiative, its aim to return funding decisions to the local level, its likelihood of survival, and the potential impact on students.
Moderated By: John Fensterwald, Editor, EdSource Today
- Michael W. Kirst, President, California State Board of Education
- Liz Guillen, Director of Legislative and Community Affairs, Public Advocates
- Richard Carranza, Superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District
- Robert Miyashiro, Vice President, School Services of California
12:15: Break for Lunch
(Lunch is available for purchase at the convention center and at nearby restaurants.) Click here for a map of nearby restaurants.
Martha J. Kanter, Under Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education
Session IV: Changing the Conversation - If We Want Higher Quality Teaching, Are We Talking About the Right Changes?
Voices from across the education spectrum will take on the contentious state and national discussion about what it takes to achieve high quality teaching, the controversy over linking student test scores to teacher evaluations, and what teachers need to be successful with their students.
Moderated By: Louis Freedberg, Executive Director, EdSource
- Linda Darling-Hammond, chair, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and professor of education, Stanford University
- Ramona Bishop, Superintendent, Vallejo City Unified School District
- California Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo), chair of the Assembly Education Committee
- Tim Melton, Vice President, Legislative Affairs, StudentsFirst
Session V: Truth In Testing - The New Common Core Assessments, Annual Proficiency Testing, and What It Will Take to get a True Picture of Student and School Performance.
What is the quality of the state's current student and school performance testing systems? What should effective testing look like, and will the proposed national assessments due for adoption in 2014 measure up?
- Pedro Noguera, a respected voice in education reform and professor of education at New York University
- Linda Montes, Principal, Adelante Spanish Immersion School and Director of English Learner Services, Redwood City School District
- Lisa Andrew, Director, Assessment and Accountability Santa Clara County Office of Education
- Richard Colvin, school accountability expert and former Executive Director of Education Sector
- Deb Sigman California Department of Education, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction; Co-Chair, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium