September 12, 2018 National Governors Association

Governors Education Policy Advisors Institute 2018

Sep 12, 2018

September 12-14, 2018 | Little Rock, Arkansas

The National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices hosted its annual Governors’ Education Policy Advisors Institute from September 12-14, 2018. The Institute convened experts from 19 states, one territory and one international delegation to discuss pathways that can be utilized to lead toward effective education policy advancement. The event featured dynamic speakers on issues such as School Safety and Prevention, Early Childhood Education Finance, the Role of Philanthropy in Supporting Education and Cybersecurity and Coding in Schools. The sessions provided channels of communication for participants to openly discuss promising policy solutions.

Agenda | Presentations Day 1 | Presentations Day 2 | Presentations Day 3 | Resources

Day 1: September 12, 2018

Keynote Dinner Session

Keynote Speaker:

  • Minnijean Brown Trickey, Civil Rights Icon

Moderator:

  • Dr. Aaliyah Samuel, Education Division Director, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Janel George, Senior Policy Advisor, Learning Policy Institute
  • Jason Willis, Director of Strategy & Performance in the Comprehensive School Assistance Program (CSAP), WestEd
  • Dr. Francisco Duran, Chief Academic and Equity Officer, Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia

Day 2: September 13, 2018

Breakfast Keynote

Speakers:

  • Governor Asa Huthcinson, Arkansas

Welcome and Overview

Speakers:

  • Dr. Aaliyah Samuel, Director, Education Division, NGA Center
  • Sara Shelton, Director of State Relations, Education Commission of the States

Session I: Good Jobs for All Americans

Speakers:

  • Karen Baumgart, Director, BillingsWorks
  • Siri Smillie, Education Policy Advisor, Governor Bullock, Montana

Carl D. Perkins Reauthorization Update

Speaker: Stephen Parker, Legislative Director, Education and the Workforce, NGA

Session II: Pathways to Graduation

Moderator:

  • Stephen Parker, Legislative Director, Education and the Workforce, NGA

Panelists:

  • Dr. Carey Wright, State Superintendent of Education, Mississippi
  • Carmel Martin, Senior Advisor, State & Local Partnerships, Emerson Collective
  • Hedy Chang, Executive Director, Attendance Works
  • Johan Uvin, President, Institute for Educational Leadership
  • Kim Green, Executive Director, Advance CTE

Session III: A Practitioner’s Take on Technology in 21st Century Schools 

Speaker:

  • Chad Brinkley, School Innovation Specialist, Murfreesboro High School

Session IV: Financing Early Childhood Education with a Highly Qualified Workforce

Moderator:

  • Dr. Beth Caron, Program Director, Education Division, NGA Center

Panelists:

  • Donald Songy, Senior Education Policy Advisor, Governor Bel Edwards, Louisiana
  • Gerald M. Cutts, President and CEO, First Children’s Finance
  • Kathy Glazer, President, Virginia Early Childhood Foundation

Session V: Spotlight on the States: Supporting Teachers and Leaders

Moderator:

  • Seth Gerson, Program Director, Education Division, NGA Center

Panelists:

  • LaTanya Pattillo, Teacher Advisor to Governor Cooper, North Carolina
  • Linda Fandel, Special Advisor to Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa
  • Dr. Wayne Lewis, Interim Commissioner of Education, Kentucky

Review and Next Steps

Speaker:

  • Dr. Aaliyah Samuel, Director, Education Division, NGA Center

Seated Dinner: Cybersecurity and Coding in Schools

Speaker:

  • Anthony Owen, Chief State STEM Officer and State Director of Computer Science Education, Arkansas Department of Education

Day 3: September 14, 2018

Welcome and Fireside Chat

Moderator:

  • Dr. Aaliyah Samuel, Director, Education Division, NGA Center

Panelists:

  • Kevin R. Klein, Director of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in the Department of Public Safety; Homeland Security Advisor to Governor Hickenlooper, Colorado
  • Robert Runcie, Superintendent of Schools, Broward County Public Schools

Session VI: School Safety and Prevention: State Examples

Moderator:

  • Dr. Aaliyah Samuel, Education Division Director, NGA Center

Panelists:

  • Brian Mitchell, Director of the Office of Science, Innovation, and Technology to Governor Sandoval, Nevada
  • Cara Sullivan, Deputy Legislative Officer, Office of Governor Larry Hogan
  • Perry Plummer, Director of New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Office of the Governor of New Hampshire
  • Dr. Sharon Hoover, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Final Remarks

Speakers:

  • Dr. Aaliyah Samuel, Director, Education Division, NGA Center
  • Mayor Mark Stodola, Little Rock, Arkansas

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