Eye on Education: Failures to Fixes

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Eye on Education: Failures to Fixes

Monday, May 22, 2017

Program starts: 9:30 a.m.

Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

RSVP: kclibrary.org * 816.701.3407

Amid debate about the effectiveness and direction of our schools nationwide, a panel of top analysts and policymakers examines the state of education today and issues ranging from test-based teacher evaluation to vouchers and charter schools. Noted education researcher Jay P. Greene, professor and head of the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas, and Michael McShane, director of education policy at the Show-Me Institute, will moderate. A light breakfast and box lunches will be served.

Topics and presenters:

  • No Child Left Behind (now Every Student Succeeds): Martin West, associate professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and past senior education policy adviser to the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
  • The U.S. Department of Education’s School Improvement Grants program: Ashley Jochim, research analyst at the University of Washington’s Center on Reinventing Public Education.
  • School vouchers: Anna Egalite, assistant professor of education at North Carolina State University.
  • Test-based teacher evaluation: Matthew Di Carlo, senior research fellow at the Albert Shanker Institute, a Washington, D.C. nonprofit established by the American Federation of Teachers.
  • Technology in the classroom: Larry Cuban, emeritus professor of education at Stanford University.
  • The failure of expertise (in the Common Core, court intervention, and the Department of Education’s Race to the Top program): Frederick M. Hess, resident scholar and director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., and author of the popular Education Week blog Rick Hess Straight Up.
  • Education philanthropy: Megan Tompkins-Stange, assistant professor of public property at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
  • Reforms in teacher preparation: Daniel Willingham, professor of psychology at the University of Virginia.
  • Over-reliance on replicating certain charter school networks: Matthew Ladner, senior research fellow at the Charles Koch Institute in Arlington, Virginia, and co-author of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s “Report Card on American Education: Ranking State K-12 Performance, Progress, and Reform.”

Co-presented by the Show-Me Institute.