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Has School Accountability Outlived Its Shelf Life?

Has School Accountability Outlived Its Shelf Life?

October 21, 2021
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University
 

One of the earliest casualties of the COVID-related school closures was school accountability for academic results, and many education leaders want it to stay that way.  How do we assure families, students and communities that their schools are fully serving their role?  What options are possible and which are politically infeasible?

The Hoover Education Success Initiative (HESI) hosts Has school accountability outlived its shelf life? on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 1PM PT.


FEATURED PANELISTS
Michael Kirst, Stanford University, Panelist: Dr. Kirst is Professor Emeritus of Education and Business Administration (by courtesy) at Stanford.  He is the longest-serving President of California’s State Board of Education, having served four terms from 1975 to 1982 and again from 2011 to 2019.

Checker Finn, Hoover Education Success Initiative (HESI), Panelist: Dr. Finn is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and member of HESI’s Steering Committee.  He is President Emeritus of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, and served as a member of the Maryland State Board of Education.

Secretary James Peyser, State of Massachusetts, Panelist: Secretary Peyser directs the Executive Office of Education in Massachusetts, which oversees early childhood education, K-12, and higher education.  He is Governor Charlie Baker’s most senior education advisor.  He chaired the MA Board of Education from 1999 to 2006.

MODERATED BY
Melanie Barton, Office of Governor McMaster, Moderator: Melanie Barton is senior educator advisor to the Governor of South Carolina.  Previously, she served as Executive Director of the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee, an independent nonpartisan committee comprised of education, civic, and business leaders.


The Hoover Education Success Initiative (HESI) focuses on providing state leaders with sound research-based recommendations to improve education in America.

A Conversation With Nick Clegg On Global Regulation, Internet Governance, And Oversight | Technology, Economics, And Governance Working Group

A Conversation With Nick Clegg On Global Regulation, Internet Governance, And Oversight | Technology, Economics, And Governance Working Group

October 19, 2021
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
 

Sir Nick Clegg joined Facebook in October 2018 as Vice President of Global Affairs and Communications after almost two decades in British and European public life. Prior to being elected to the UK Parliament in 2005 he worked in the European Commission and served for five years as a Member of the European Parliament. He became leader of the Liberal Democrat party in 2007 and served as Deputy Prime Minister in the UK’s first Coalition Government since the war from 2010 to 2015. He has written two best-selling books: Politics: Between the Extremes and How To Stop Brexit (and make Britain great again). Nick currently lives in California with his wife, Miriam, and three sons.

Topic: A Conversation with Nick Clegg on Global Regulation, Internet Governance, and Oversight 
Start Time : Oct 19, 2021 10:30 AM PT

Who Needs To Be “In The Room Where It Happens” To Improve US K-12 Schools?

Who Needs To Be “In The Room Where It Happens” To Improve US K-12 Schools?

October 15, 2021
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University
 

Until now, education insiders haven't needed a program to identify the players.  After school closures, remote learning, hybrid models and other adaptations, COVID has raised awareness of the challenges of US K-12 education as never before.  New stakeholders are on the scene and plan to remain.

The Hoover Education Success Initiative (HESI) hosts Who needs to be “in the room where it happens?” to improve US K-12 schools? on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 1PM PT.


FEATURED PANELISTS

Margie Vandeven was appointed commissioner of elementary and secondary education by the Missouri State Board of Education in December 2014 and served in that capacity until December 2017. She was reappointed in January 2019. She has over 30 years experience as an educator, administrator, and builder of effective partnerships.

Derrell Bradford is the President of 50CAN: The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now, and the executive director of its New York branch, NYCAN. In his role, Derrell trains and recruits local leaders across the country to serve as executive directors of state CANs, advocacy fellows, and citizen advocates.

Christina Laster serves as the Director of Policy and Legislation with National Parents Union (NPU).  Previously she worked in the San Diego Unified School District-Early Childhood and Special Education Program Offices.  She formerly served as Statewide Community Organizer for the California Policy Center and as local NAACP Education Chair. 

MODERATED BY

Margaret “Macke” Raymond is the Program Director for Education at the Hoover Institution, guiding the expansion of education research, policy analysis and engagement at the institution.  She is also the founder and director of the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University, which studies efforts to improve student results in US K-12 education. 

Why Did Things Go Astray in Afghanistan?

Why Did Things Go Astray in Afghanistan?

October 11, 2021
Friday, October 8, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University
 

Carter Malkasian will discuss how the American War in Afghanistan turned out the way it did. Based on his new history, The American War in Afghanistan, he will examine the overarching strategic questions of the war: how the United States failed in Afghanistan, what opportunities existed to reach a better outcome, and why the United States simply did not leave. His new book is a timely history, which has been praised as landmark and authoritative. It covers the different aspects and sides of the war, with detailed descriptions of Afghan (including Taliban) perspectives.

Carter Malkasian is a leading academic authority on Afghanistan, a former senior advisor to the US military commander in Afghanistan and then to the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. He has extensive experience working in conflict zones, especially Afghanistan and Iraq, and has published several books. The highlight of his work in conflict zones was nearly two years in Garmser district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, as a State Department political officer. He speaks Pashto.

In addition to The American War in Afghanistan, he is the author of War Comes to Garmser: Thirty Years of Conflict on the Afghan Frontier, and Illusions of Victory: The Anbar Awakening and the Rise of the Islamic State.

Can We Choose Our Way To Better Schools?

Can We Choose Our Way To Better Schools?

October 8, 2021

Nearly three decades have been spent promoting school choice as a vehicle for improved academics and equity. COVID introduced new urgency into the need for options to meet the needs of students. Can school choice carry the day?

The Hoover Education Success Initiative (HESI) hosts Can we choose our way to better schools? on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 1PM PT.


FEATURED PANELISTS

Starlee Coleman is the CEO of the Texas Charter Schools Association. She has 20 years of experience turning public policy ideas into laws. Through strategic public affairs and PR campaigns, grassroots engagement, and coalition development, Starlee has contributed to the passage of dozens of bills in state legislatures, Congress, and at the ballot box.   Before joining the Texas Charter Schools Association, she co-founded SchoolForward, a strategic public affairs firm to advance school choice and education reform nationwide.

Paul E. Peterson, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Panelist:   Paul E. Peterson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, a member of the Hoover Education Success Initiative, and founding editor of Education Next: A Journal of Opinion and Research. He is also the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government and director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University.

Robert Enlow, EdChoice, Panelist: Robert Enlow is the President and CEO of EdChoice, which he has been involved with since 1996.  He served as a fundraiser, projects coordinator, vice president and executive director before assuming his current roles in 2009.

MODERATED BY

Wayne Lewis, Houghton College, Moderator: Dr. Lewis was recently named the sixth President of Houghton College.  He was recently the inaugural Dean of Belmont University’s School of Education.  He served as Commissioner of Education for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


The Hoover Education Success Initiative (HESI) focuses on providing state leaders with sound research-based recommendations to improve education in America.

Fourth Estate Or Fifth Wheel? The Role Of The Media In Education Reform

Fourth Estate Or Fifth Wheel? The Role Of The Media In Education Reform

September 30, 2021
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University
 

The general media is the primary source of information about efforts to improve public education in the U.S.  Can they serve a critical role in the recovery of public education from COVID?  Do we need to watch the watchdogs?

The Hoover Education Success Initiative (HESI) hosts, Fourth estate or fifth wheel?  The role of the media in education reform, on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 1PM PT.


FEATURED PANELISTS

Hanna Skandera, Daniels Fund, Panelist: Hanna Skandera currently serves as CEO of the Daniels Fund.  She previously served as New Mexico’s Secretary of Education under Governor Susana Martinez for six years.  Recently, she was Editor-in-Chief of The Line, an online education magazine.

Senator Manny Diaz, Jr.,  Panelist: Senator Manny Diaz represents Florida State Senate District 36 in Miami-Dade County.  He currently serves as Chair of the Senate Education Committee.  He was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2012, and is a former teacher and school administrator.

Mike Cohen, CentrePoint, Panelist: Mike Cohen was President of Achieve from 2003 through 2020.  During the Clinton Administration he served as Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Special Assistant to President for Education Policy, and Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley.

MODERATED BY

Jenn Vranek, Education First, Moderator: Jenn Vranek is a Founding & Managing Partner at Education First.  She founded the organization in 2006 and has worked with K-12 and post-secondary educators, policymakers and philanthropists in more than 30 states.


The Hoover Education Success Initiative (HESI) focuses on providing state leaders with sound research-based recommendations to improve education in America.

Can We Stop The Clock? Replacing Seat Time With Mastery

Can We Stop The Clock? Replacing Seat Time With Mastery

September 23, 2021
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University
 

Every student who has ever watched the clock during class knows that seat time does not equal learning.  The impact of COVID on student academic progress makes it more important than ever to refocus on how well students master the learning standards.  The good work of several educators show us how this can be done. 

Join the Hoover Education Success Initiative (HESI) as we host a panel that asks, Can We Stop The Clock? Replacing Seat Time With Mastery on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 1PM PT.


FEATURED PANELISTS

Chad Gestson, Superintendent, Phoenix Union High School District, Panelist:  Dr. Chad E. Gestson has served as superintendent of the Phoenix Union High School District since fall 2015. Under his leadership, Phoenix Union has launched six new schools, including a Gifted and Talented Academy, a Digital Academy, and the Phoenix Coding Academy. Phoenix Union has seen tremendous increases in graduation rates, scholarship totals, and college matriculation rates since 2015.

Don Shalvey, CEO, San Joaquin A+, Panelist:  Don Shalvey is the founding CEO of San Joaquin A+ and former deputy director for K–12 Education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.   In 1992, as superintendent of the San Carlos School District, Shalvey sponsored the first charter school in California. Widely recognized as a leader in public education and the charter school sector, he was the founder and CEO of Aspire Public Schools.

Margaret “Macke” Raymond, Program Director for Education, Hoover Institution, Panelist:  Margaret “Macke” Raymond is the Program Director for Education at the Hoover Institution, guiding the expansion of education research, policy analysis and engagement at the institution.  She is also the founder and director of the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University, which studies efforts to improve student results in US K-12 education. 

MODERATED BY

Stephen Bowen, Council of Chief State School Officers, Moderator:  Stephen Bowen serves as the deputy executive director for state leadership at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). In his role, he directs the activities of the membership services, leadership academy, and data and information services teams. Bowen oversees the development and implementation of programs and services designed to support the leaders and staff of state education agencies.


The Hoover Education Success Initiative (HESI) focuses on providing state leaders with sound research-based recommendations to improve education in America.

Federalism At Work: A Governor’s Perspective

Federalism At Work: A Governor’s Perspective

September 17, 2021
Thursday, September 16, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University
 

Governor Kristi Noem in conversation with Scott Atlas on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 2:00 PM ET.


ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Governor Kristi Noem was elected as the first-ever female governor of South Dakota in 2018 after serving 8 years as South Dakota’s at-large member in the U.S. House of Representatives. During her time in Congress, Governor Noem helped pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which put $2,400 back in the pockets of the average South Dakota family. Governor Noem is a proud wife, mother, lifelong rancher, farmer, and small business owner.

Scott Atlas, M.D., is the Robert Wesson Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution. Dr. Atlas researches the role of government and the private sector in access, quality, and pricing of health care. He advises leaders in government and the private sector, and has served as Senior Advisor in Health Policy for several presidential candidates, members of Congress and key Administration officials.  Dr. Atlas served as Special Advisor to the President and a was a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force from August through November, 2020.  Before joining Hoover full-time, Dr. Atlas served as Professor and Chief of Neuroradiology at the Stanford University Medical Center for 14 years.  His latest books include A Plague Upon Our House: My Fight at the Trump White House to Stop COVID from Destroying America published by Post Hill Press and available in November, and Restoring Quality Health Care: A Six‐Point Plan for Comprehensive Reform at Lower Cost.

Will Increasing Teacher Pay Harm Students?

Will Increasing Teacher Pay Harm Students?

September 16, 2021
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University
 

Momentum is growing for significant increases to teachers' salaries. Can we be certain in the post-COVID world that the plan would lead to positive outcomes?

The Hoover Education Success Initiative (HESI) hosts a discussion asking Will Increasing Teacher Pay Harm Students? on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 1PM PT.


FEATURED PANELISTS

Holly Boffy, District 7 Representative, Louisiana Board of Elementary & Secondary EducationHolly Boffy is serving her third term as a member of BESE.  She is the founder of EdTalents, a human capital development organization, and previously worked for six years at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).  A middle school teacher for over a decade, she was Louisiana’s State Teacher of the Year in 2010.

Kent McGuire, Program Director, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, EducationKent McGuire leads investments for teaching and learning and open education resources strategies at the Hewlett Foundation.  Previously he served as President and CEO of the Southern Education Foundation and as the Dean of the College of Education at Temple University.  He was Assistant Secretary at the USDOE during the Clinton administration.

Eric Hanushek, Senior Fellow, Hoover InstitutionEric Hanushek is Chair of the Hoover Education Success Initiative (HESI) and the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.  He pioneered measuring teacher quality on the basis of student achievement and his work on school efficiency is central to debates about school finance adequacy and equity across America today.

MODERATED BY

Christopher N. Ruszkowski, Hoover Education Success Initiative (HESI)Christopher Ruszkowski is a Distinguished Policy Fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he has helped establish HESI.  He served as Secretary of Education for the State of New Mexico under Governor Susana Martinez, Associate Secretary of Education for the State of Delaware under Governor Jack Markell and now serves as CEO of Meeting Street Schools.


The Hoover Education Success Initiative (HESI) focuses on providing state leaders with sound research-based recommendations to improve education in America.

The Fractured Himalaya: How The Past Shadows The Present In India-China Relations

The Fractured Himalaya: How The Past Shadows The Present In India-China Relations

September 14, 2021
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University
 
The Hoover Projects on China’s Global Sharp Power and Strengthening US-India Relations invites you to The Fractured Himalaya: How the Past Shadows the Present in India-China Relations on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.
 

In this lecture based on her forthcoming book, Secretary Rao will trace how the origins of the dispute between India and China form part of a living history that shapes their fractious relationship today. Understanding this complex panorama yields lessons for all of us who seek a wider perspective on China and its profile in the Indo-Pacific.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Nirupama Rao was Foreign Secretary in the Government of India (2009-2011) and earlier served as Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka and Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. She was Ambassador of India to the United States from 2011 to 2013. On retirement, Rao was a Fellow at Brown University and also taught there from 2015-16. She was George Ball Adjunct Professor at Columbia University in Fall, 2018. In 2019 she was a Pacific Leadership Fellow at UC San Diego. She is a Global Fellow of The Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC, a Member of the Board of Governors of IIM, Bangalore, ICRIER, New Delhi and the Board of the U.S India Business Council. She holds a degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) from Pondicherry University and is a recipient of the Vanitha Ratna Award of the Government of Kerala.

Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he leads the projects on China’s Global Sharp Power and on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific Region. He is also a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and a Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education at Stanford University. His most recent book is Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency (2019).

David Mulford is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. As US ambassador to India (2004-2009), he played a key role in fostering the growing partnership between New Delhi and Washington. Amb. Mulford has also served as chairman international at Credit Suisse, assistant secretary and undersecretary of the Treasury for international affairs (1984-1992), and senior investment advisor to the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (1974-1983). He has a DPhil from Oxford University.

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