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Agenda​

Check back as we post more details throughout the year. Agenda is subject to change. Jump to Thursday's schedule.

Wednesday, May 27​

7:00–8:00 a.m.

Registration+Breakfast

Ballroom

Networking breakfast

8:00–9:15 a.m.

Welcome+Opening Remarks

Ballroom

Andy Porter | Director, Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, & Learning (C-SAIL)

9:30–10:45 a.m.

Plenary Session I: The Promise vs. the Reality of Standards-Based Reform

Ballroom

Presentation

We present data on the impact of college- and career-readiness standards on NAEP scores and high school graduation rates, as well as standards implementation trends, challenges, and innovations.

Mengli Song / American Institutes for Research, Laura Desimone / University of Delaware

Panel Discussion

Why hasn’t standards-based reform been more successful in growing student achievement nationwide? How are states and districts grappling with implementation? We hear from researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. 

Laura Desimone / University of Delaware, Hanseul Kang / Office of the State Superintendent of Education (DC), Jeff Pelzel / Newhall School District (CA), Penny Schwinn /  Tennessee Department of Education

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Multiple

Breakout Session 1a: Effects of College- and Career-Ready Standards on Student Outcomes

Breakout Session 1b: ESSA and Standards Implementation

Breakout Session 1c: Educational Leaders as Policy Implementers

Breakout Session 1d: Implementing K-12 Standards in Rural Districts

12:15–1:00 p.m.

Lunch

Ballroom

Networking lunch

1:15–2:30 p.m.

Plenary Session II: Getting Standards through the Classroom Door

Ballroom

Presentation

We present pilot results from C-SAIL's Feedback on Alignment and Support for Teachers (FAST) Program designed to provide feedback to teachers on the alignment of their instruction to their state standards and offers instructional support for improving their alignment.

Toni Smith / American Institutes for Research

Panel Discussion

Stakeholders at all levels of the system discuss the FAST coaching intervention.

Mike Garet / American Institutes for Research, Toni Smith / American Institutes for Research, More TBD

2:45–3:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Multiple

Breakout Session 2a: Understanding Standards Implementation on the Ground

Breakout Session 2b: FAST: The Teacher Perspective

Breakout Session 2c: Trends and Challenges in Teacher Learning

Breakout Session 2d: Role of Core Curriculum Materials in Standards Implementation

4:00–6:30 p.m.

Reception

Rosslyn Room

Networking reception

Thursday, May 28​

7:00–8:00 a.m.

Registration+Breakfast

Ballroom

Networking breakfast

8:00–9:15 a.m.

Plenary Session III: Differentiating Instruction for English Learners

Ballroom

Presentation

We present data from our interviews and surveys of teachers, principals, and district administrators bringing standards-aligned instruction to English learners.

Nelson Flores / University of Pennsylvania

Panel Discussion

How can we make standards work for English learners?

Nelson Flores / University of Pennsylvania, Evelyn Nuñez / School District of Philadelphia, Cathryn Still / ELPA-21, Jackie Tapia / Newhall Elementary (CA)

9:30–10:30 a.m.

Plenary Session IV: Differentiating Instruction for Students with Disabilities

Ballroom

Presentation

We present data from our interviews and surveys of teachers, principals, and district administrators bringing standards-aligned instruction to students with disabilities.

Doug Fuchs / Vanderbilt University

Panel Discussion

How can we make standards work for students with disabilities?

Nicole Bucka / West Bay Collaborative, Louis Danielson / American Institutes for Research, Lynn Fuchs / Vanderbilt University, Daniel Espinas / D.C. Public Schools

11:00a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Multiple

Breakout Session 3a: Standards, IEPs, and a Policy of Inclusion for Students with Disabilities

Breakout Session 3b: Framing Multilingualism as a Resource within Standards-Based Reform

12:15–1:45 p.m.

Lunch Keynote: Where Do We Go from Here?

Ballroom

Linda Darling-Hammond | President, California’s State Board of Education; Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus, Stanford University; President & CEO, Learning Policy Institute

1:45–2:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Ballroom

Andy Porter | Director, Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, & Learning (C-SAIL)