2014 Emerging Issues Forum Agenda

Monday, February 10, 2014*

Opening Session

8:00-8:20 a.m.
W. Randolph Woodson
, Chancellor, NC State University
James B. Hunt, Jr., Former Governor, State of North Carolina & Chair, Institute for Emerging Issues
Anita R. Brown-Graham, Director, Institute for Emerging Issues

Where are the Smartest Kids in the World?

8:20-9:00 a.m.
Ripley will share international comparison data as well as patterns of transformation within the teaching profession that have led to positive change in other countries.

Walter McDowell, Board Chair, BEST NC and Retired Executive, Wachovia Bank
Amanda Ripley, Author, The Smartest Kids in the World – And How They Got That Way

Lessons from Finland

9:00-9:30 a.m.
Sahlberg will share Finland’s approach to teacher recruitment, preparation, support and accountability, as well as answer the question of why the country has such a tremendous commitment to highly-trained teachers.

John Tate, Member, NC State Board of Education and Retired Executive, Wachovia Bank
Pasi Sahlberg, Director General of the Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation (CIMO) in Helsinki, Finland

Technology & Collaboration Session: What is a World Class Teacher?

9:30-9:40 a.m.
Forum attendees will engage in table discussions about what they just heard, how it resonates with their current beliefs and where the opportunity is for consensus on NC’s direction moving forward. Discussion items will be captured through  technology.

Break 9:40-9:50 a.m.

Who are These Teachers and What is Their Value?

9:50-10:40 a.m.
Chetty and Ladd will share the work each has done on the long-term economic effect of high value-added educators, also addressing why value-add may be a limited way of determining teacher effectiveness.

Tom Ross, President, University of North Carolina System
Raj Chetty, Bloomberg Professor of Economics at Harvard University
Helen “Sunny” Ladd, Edgar T. Thompson Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Economics, Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy

The Pathways and Programs in the War for Talent

11:00 a.m.-12:35 p.m.

Building a Better Pipeline

11:00-11:25 a.m.
This TED-style session will have representative of very different industries sharing best practices in talent development as it is done in other sectors.

Moderated by: Tom Williams, President, Strategic Educational Alliances, Inc.

Virgil Smith
, Vice President / Talent Acquisition & Diversity, Gannett
Willy Stewart, CEO, Stewart, Inc. and i2 Integrated Intelligence
Patricia Campbell, Member, North Carolina Board of Nursing

Recruiting the Best

11:25 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Panelists will highlight several innovative approaches to recruiting, preparing and supporting high-quality teachers in every classroom across the state.

Glenda Crawford, Director of Teaching Fellows, Elon University, School of Education, National Teaching Fellows Program
Tyronna Hooker, Director of District and Community Partnerships, Teach for America, Eastern North Carolina

From the Emerging Issues Commons: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Educator Treks

Keeping the Best

12:00-12:35 p.m.
Panelists will highlight several innovative approaches to recruiting, preparing and supporting high-quality teachers in every classroom across the state.

Ann Maddock, Senior Advisor, New Teacher Center
Angela Quick
, Senior Vice President for Talent Development, NC New Schools
Ruben Carbonell, Director, Kenan Institute for Engineering Technology & Science, home of the Kenan Fellows Program, North Carolina State University
Elizabeth Kolb Cunningham, Director, NC New Teacher Support Center

Lunch: What Drives Performance?

12:35-2:00 p.m.
Pink will share how research disproves the notion that the best way to motivate others is with external rewards like money. He will share with us how the secret to performance and satisfaction is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things and to do better by ourselves and our world.

Jayne Fleener, Dean, College of Education, NC State University
Daniel H. Pink, New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author

Break: 2:00-2:10 p.m.

Solution Sessions

2:10-3:10 p.m.
The solution sessions are focused on the four questions developed from the IEI Working Group. Forum attendees will be able to learn about initiatives across the state that are focusing on solving questions with the goal of training, retaining and supporting a world-class teacher in every classroom. These four sessions include:

(1) How can we design and fund a competitive compensation system that attracts and retains world-class talent in the teaching profession?

(2) In what ways can we ensure high performance standards for teaching are met from entry to retirement?

(3) How do we ensure enhanced societal value and globally competitive students by elevating the status of the teaching profession in North Carolina?

(4) How can we ensure access to comprehensive, high-quality and relevant professional development for teachers?

Break: 3:10-3:20 p.m.

Teacher Quality: Success Through Collaboration

3:20-4:05 p.m.
A top level business executive will share with us their thoughts on the influence of exceptional teachers on student learning and its connections to the quality of or national’s global workforce. 
Casey Steinbacher, President and CEO, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce 
Chancellor Victor Dzau
, Chancellor for Health Affairs, Duke University, President and CEO of Duke University Health System

From the Emerging Issues Commons: Financial Literacy in the Classroom

Charting a Path Forward

4:05-4:35 p.m.
James B. Hunt, Jr.
, Former Governor, State of North Carolina & Chair, Institute for Emerging Issues
Pat McCrory, Governor, State of North Carolina

Awarding the Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation

4:35-4:55 p.m.
The high school winners of the Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation are announced. 

Chancellor W. Randolph Woodson
Governor Pat McCrory

From the Emerging Issues Commons: Financial Literacy in the Classroom

Closing

4:55-5:00 p.m.
James B. Hunt, Jr.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014*

Insights on the NC Strategy for World-Class Teachers

8:00-8:10 a.m.
Anita R. Brown-Graham

Recognizing the SECU Prizes for Innovation

8:10-8:20 a.m.
McKinley Wooten,
 Chairman, SECU Foundation Board of Directors

ONE STATE’S APPROACH TO TEACHER QUALITY

Highlighting the work of others, we will look to learn from the shared strategies and pitfalls of another state’s reform work for K-12 education.

James B. Hunt, Jr., Former Governor, State of North Carolina & Chair, Institute for Emerging Issues
William Haslam, Governor, State of Tennessee

From the Emerging Issues Commons: North Carolina Safe Routes to School

Teacher Town Hall

8:50-9:40 a.m.
Recognizing that the voice of a teacher who has left the classroom is one that is rarely heard, this Teacher Town Hall conversation will engage several former teachers who were high performing in the classroom. It will help the audience appreciate that when a high-quality teacher decides to leave the classroom, we lose on student outcomes. This group will respond to questions around reasons they left the profession and what they think it will take to retain high-quality teachers in NC.

John Merrow, Education Correspondent for PBS Newshour and President of Learning Matters
Karyn Dickerson, 2013-14 North Carolina Teacher of the Year, Guilford County Schools
Panel of Former North Carolina Teachers

strength and quality through professionalization

9:40-10:20 a.m.
Ravitch will share her thoughts on how strict professional standards, based on  pedagogical research, should be applied to teachers and school administrators. She will also describe how these standards can be brought into alignment with  other respected professions such as law and medicine.


Karyn Dickerson
,
2013-14 North Carolina Teacher of the Year, Guilford County Schools
Diane Ravitch
, Research Professor, New York University

From the Emerging Issues Commons: Project L.I.F.T.

Break 10:20-10:30 a.m.

Exploring the Choices Before Us

10:30-11:20 a.m.
Making clear the places where we need to make critical choices in order to improve teacher quality, panelists will share their thoughts on ways to support, develop and assess educators with the goal of building a world-class teaching workforce. 

June Atkinson, State Superintendent, NC Department of Public Instruction

Rick Hess, Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
Bryan Hassel, Co-Director, Public Impact

State-Level Policy and Financing Our Options

11:20 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
This session will feature North Carolina leaders in a discussion of how North Carolina should move forward in prioritizing its efforts to reform public education including financing the policy changes considered during the two-day Emerging Issues Forum.

Richard Stevens, Counsel, Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, L.L.P., Former State Senator
Rick Glazier, Representative, North Carolina General Assembly
Bryan Holloway, Representative, North Carolina General Assembly
Craig Horn, Representative, North Carolina General Assembly
Angela Bryant, Senator, North Carolina General Assembly
Jerry Tillman, Senator, North Carolina General Assembly

WHAT ARE THE CHOICES BEFORE US?

12:10-12:40 p.m.
Brown-Graham will share the work of the IEI Working Group, what was heard during the breakout sessions and how the technology sessions are being used to collect their ideas on ways to address these important questions. 
Forum attendees will engage in table discussions about what they just heard, how  it resonates with their current beliefs and where the opportunity is for consensus on NC’s direction moving forward. Discussion items will be captured through  technology.

Anita R. Brown-Graham

Lunch: The Influence of a World-Class Teacher

12:40-2:00 p.m.
Wrapping up all we’ve heard over the past two days, Clark will provide proof that this work is possible. The influence of a world-class teacher does stretch far beyond the classroom, to our state’s future workforce.

Charles Coble, Partner, Third Mile Group
Ron Clark
, Founder/Teacher, The Ron Clark Academy

Closing

James B. Hunt, Jr.
Anita R. Brown-Graham
 

*This agenda is tentative and subject to change.