September 13 – 15, 2017 | Miami Beach, FL

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted governors’ education policy advisors in Miami Beach, Florida. The institute focused on growing the knowledge base on key educational issues, building capacity on skills that are critical for their role and providing opportunities to network, and learning from each other and NGA staff.

Agenda

September 13, 2017

Opening Plenary Session

Speaker:

  • Eduardo J. Padrón, Ph.D, president, Miami Dade College
     

September 14, 2017

Welcome, Introductions, and Opening Activity

Speaker:

  • Aaliyah Samuel, Ed.D., director, Education Division, NGA Center
     
Federal Update

Speaker:

  • Morgan Wilson, senior legislative associate, Office of Government Relations, NGA
     
ESSA Update

Moderator:

  • Morgan Wilson, senior legislative associate, Office of Government Relations, NGA

Speakers:

  • Adam Ezring, director of policy, Collaborative for Student Success
  • Lauren Burdette, managing director of education policy, Office of  the Governor, Illinois
     
The Rising Role of Social Emotional Learning

Moderator:

  • Aaliyah Samuel, Ed.D., Education Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Steve Canavero, Ph.D., superintendent of public instruction, Nevada
  • Deidre Farmbry, Ed.D., senior district consultant, CASEL
     
Hot Topic

Speakers:

  • Jeannie Allen, innovative projects and assessment administrator, Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education
  • Seth Gerson, program director, Education Division, NGA Center
  • Samantha Gutter, education policy analyst, Office of the Governor, Tennessee
  • Samantha Tankersley, policy analyst, Education Division, NGA Center
     
Expanding High-Quality Educational Options for All Students

Speaker:

  • Linda Darling-Hammond, president, Learning Policy Institute
     
GEPA Veterans: Voices from the Forefront

Moderator:

  • Aaliyah Samuel, Ed.D., director, Education Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Jake Yunker, policy advisor, Office of the Governor, Oklahoma
  • Liz Donohue, director of policy, Office of the Governor, Connecticut
  • Dietra Trent, Ph.D., secretary of education, Office of the Governor, Virginia
     
Dinner, Drinks, and Ed Talk with Sydney Chaffee

Speaker:

  • Sydney Chaffee, 2017 National Teacher of the Year
     

September 15, 2017

Welcome and Review

Speaker:

  • Aaliyah Samuel, Ed.D., Education Division, NGA Center
     
Financing Early Care and Education

Moderator:

  • Marica Cox Mitchell, deputy executive director, Early Learning Systems

Speakers:

  • W. Clayton Burch, chief academic officer, Division of Teaching and Learning, West Virginia Department of Education
  • RaShelle Davis, education policy advisor, Office of the Governor, Washington
     
Creating a Cohesive Human Capital System

Moderator:

  • Danny Carlson, policy analyst, Education Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Holly Coy, deputy secretary of education, Office of the Governor, Virginia
  • Bryan Hassel, Ph.D., co-director of public impact/opportunity culture initiative, American Institutes for Research Center on Great Teachers and Leaders
  • Christopher Ruszkowski, acting cabinet secretary of education, Governor Susana Martinez, New Mexico
     
Closing Plenary Session

Speaker:

  • Governor Jeb Bush, Florida (1999–2007)
     
Closing Remarks and Next Steps

Speaker:

  • Aaliyah Samuel, Ed.D., Education Division, NGA Center