Strategies for Communicating Your Message through Traditional Media and Social Networking

This one’s for you! Are you interested in ways to share your message through a variety of strategies? Join us! Moderated by Rehema Ellis the Education Correspondent for NBC News, there is a stellar panel. Panelists include Julia Cartwright Senior VP of Communications at the American Legacy Foundation, Doug McKenney Executive Director of Public Awareness Initiatives at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Daryl Presgraves, Director of Communications at the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), and Cindi Williams Director of US Program Communications at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. You do not want to miss this!

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Family Engagement in Student Success

This is going to be a fantastic session! The moderator for the session is the always lovely Mishaela Duran, Interim Executive Director of the National PTA. There is a fantastic panel that includes my very good friend Vito Borello, President of Every Parent Influences Children. Other panelists include Rev. Larry Snyder President of Catholic Charities, Vanessa Taylor-Dotison Program Manager of Parent Challenge, and Abby Weiss Executive Director of Full Service Schools Roundtable. Join me for this one and feel free to comment. You can thank me later!

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Vice President Biden Address to Grad Nation

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Civic Marshall Plan Plenary Session

This plenary session and panel discussion will provide an update on the progress the nation is making in reaching the goal of a 90 percent high school gradution rate by the Class of 2020, and the challenge that remains. Presenters will show the power of the Civic Marshall Plan in action by highlighting the gains made through collaboration among schools, community-based organizations, corporations, and government. Panelists will present a case study of the Diplomas Now program and discuss how successful efforts can be scaled to accelerate gains in high school completion.

Speakers include Marguerite Kondracke the President and CEO of American’s Promise Alliance, Mark the President of Pearson Foundation, Ken Dodge, Director of the Center for Child & Family Policy at Duke University, John Bridgeland the President & CEO of Civic Enterprises, Robert Balfanz the Co-Director of The Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University and Larry Thompson, Senior Vice President of Goevernment Affairs, General Counsel and Security of PepsiCo.

There will be a panel moderated by John Bridgeland the President & CEO of Civic Enterprises. The panelists will include Jim Balfanz the President of City Year, Robert Balfanz the Co-Director of The Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, Peter Beard the Senior VP of Community Impact at United Way Worldwide, Dan Cardinali the President of Communities in Schools, Claire Lyons from the Architecture and Management of og Global Grant Portfolios CSR at PepsiCo, and Governor Bob Wise the President for Alliance for Excellent Education.

Join me here and as always, feel free to comment!

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Grad Nation Opening Session!

Welcome to the Grad Nation, friends! This morning you are in for a treat. We will be joined by Vice President Joe Biden who is expected to make amajor policy speech. Also speaking today are Mrs Alma Powell, Chair of America’s Promise Alliaance and Michael Powell, Co-Chair of the Grad Nation, America’s Promise Alliance. The keynote speakers are scheduled to include former Governor Jeb Bush President of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Patrick Corvington, CEO of Corporation for National and Community Service, and Melody Barnes, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. Join me and as always feel free to comment!

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Finding a new balance between the federal, state, and local governments to make Title I more effective in the 21st Century

Richard Long , Executive Director for Government Relations, National Title I Association will present this final session at the National Title I Conference in Tampa FL.

Reauthorization has been the question for the past four years, it could happen this year; but when it is rewritten one of the key issues will be: What is the balance between Federal/State/Local educators and leaders and how can we make the program work better in the 21st Century. Discussing that question will be Ann Whalen, of the US Department of Education office of the Secretary (invited); Cathryn Gardner, State Director of Title I for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Suzanne Ochse; Joel Packer, Executive Director of the Committee for Education Funding; Lawrence D. Tihen, Interim Superintendent of Schools, Lee County School District, Fort Myers, Florida (invited); and Richard Long, Executive Director for Government Relations for the National Title I Association.

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Funding and Reauthorization? Will 2011 be a good year?

Richard Long, Executive Director for Government Relations, National Title I Association presents this information at the 2011 National Title I Conference in Tampa, FL.

Reauthorization of ESEA has been cited as one of the few bi-partisan issues on the agenda, but will that mean it will be done? Reducing the deficit is a demand of most Americans and how will that impact schools and the students we serve? What does Secretary Duncan mean when he calls the coming difficult times as the “new normal”? This session will look at how these issues will be framed by the Administration and the Congress.
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School Improvement Grants at Mid Year

Dr Sam Redding is the Executive Director of the Academic Development Institute, Director of the national Center on Innovation &Improvement, and Executive Director of the School Community Journal. He was co-editor of the Handbook on Effective School Improvement Grants and the Transformation Toolkit.

Dr Redding will present a cross-section of early SIG activity by states and districts, with some examples of promising practice and lessons learned. The presentation will also describe how states are coherently fitting their SIG/turnaround work within their broader support for school and district improvement.

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A Rethinking of Title I Parental Involvement – Moving to a Systemic Plan for Sustained Family Engagement

Carl Harris, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Education; Ronn Friend, Team Leader for Technical Assisatance, U. S. Department of Education; Danita Woodley , Education Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Education present this session at the 2011 National Title I Conference in Tampa, FL.

The U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) blueprint to reauthorize Title I, Part A, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reflects the importance of strengthening and supporting family engagement both through specific programs designed to involve families and communities and through policies that will empower and engage families. The proposal will require that districts and schools develop comprehensive, systemic plans for sustained family engagement, and fund those plans with at least 2 percent of their funds from the Title I, Part A, program. Rather than implementing a checklist of activities, districts and schools will use family engagement strategies that increase student achievement and create a welcoming environment, open communication, and strong collaboration between families and their children’s teachers, schools, and districts. Staff from ED’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education will discuss the proposed changes to the ESEA.

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Advocating for the Education of Students: Getting Parents Involved

Sheila Austin and Clara Young White of Auburn University, Montgomery are presenting this session at the 2011 National Title I Conference in Tampa, FL. The participants will explore an operational definition of parental involvement and identify characteristics of parents involved and not involved.

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