Ohio’s first annual Race to the Top (RttT) statewide conference – “Ohio’s RttT Strategy: One Down…Three to Grow” – will be held on November 1, 2011 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.
This one-day statewide education transformation and reform conference will convene stakeholders and education partners from Ohio and the nation at large. Dialogue and presentations will focus on innovative education reforms to support and accelerate academic achievement and progress to permit students to be college and career ready. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in sessions that demonstrate the progress that Ohio, the RttT participating LEAs, or educational partners and vendors have made to date in implementing strategies necessary to support the transformation required in each application area of Ohio’s RttT strategy while recognizing and planning for continuous growth and improvement.
Conference strand themes include:
- Standards and Assessments (Application Area B)
- Data Systems to Support Instruction (Application Area C)
- Great Teachers and Leaders (Application Area D)
- Turning Around the Lowest-Achieving Schools (Application Area E)
- Innovative Models (Asia Society, AVID, Early College, New Tech, STEM, and “Other”)
A Sample of presentation exemplars include:
- Specific best practices or story-telling of implementation to date in Application Areas B, C, D, or E
- Lessons learned during Year 1 implementation of Ohio’s RttT Strategy at the LEA or SEA level
- Using data to improve classroom instruction (value-added, formative assessments, etc.)
- Innovative opportunities and models for Ohio’s schools and education leaders
- Expanding effective educator preparation programs
- Integration of the new Content Standards and Model Curricula into the classroom
- Research-based high quality instructional practices
- Teacher evaluation systems that integrate student growth measures
- Ohio Principal and Teacher Evaluation Systems
KidsOhio is sponsoring and organizing a plenary panel discussion with key experts. Invited panelists include experts from across the nation:
- Matt Gandal, USDOE, Director of Technical Assistance and Support, Implementation and Support Unit
- Dr. Lillian Lowery, Delaware Department of Education, Secretary of Education
- Michael Sawyers, Ohio Department of Education, Deputy Superintendent
- Paul Toner, Massachusetts Teacher’s Association, President
- Dr. Cathy Whitehouse, The Intergenerational School, Founder, Principal and Chief-Educator
- Moderator: Mark Real, President, KidsOhio
Their perspective will enrich the work of 1,200 front-line practitioners in a major Race to the Top state.
The panel is to begin at 1:15 p.m. and last 60 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A. In addition, many of the panelists will participate in a follow-up workshop.