This year’s conference theme, "Strength in Numbers," is a celebration of a decade of data-informed progress from across our network and an opportunity to discuss our future direction. Join us for our 10th-anniversary celebration. We will look back at the evidence-informed progress we’ve made as a sector but also look forward to the pressing issues of the day. This year the event will take place at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA from May 20–22, 2019. 

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Tuesday, May 21

2:30pm EDT

New Approaches to Improving College Readiness
Limited Capacity seats available

Each year, many students arrive at college unprepared for college-level work: 41% of community college enrollees and 29% of four-year college enrollees reported taking at least one remedial course while enrolled. But, many students fail to complete their remedial courses and move on to college-level work. In response, colleges, schools, and states are experimenting with a wide range of approaches to help improve students’ ability to transition to college-level work. In this session, we will have three panelists discuss different remediation reforms aimed at improving students’ outcomes and one panelist discuss the role of dual enrollment in facilitating students’ transitions to college.
First, we will hear from the CUNY Start program, which provides intensive instruction and services to support students in meeting their remedial needs during one semester while delaying college enrollment. Next, we will discuss reforms in Florida, which included a change allowing students to opt-out of remedial courses in college. Then, we will hear from the Tennessee SAILS program which identifies students in high school that are flagged for college remediation and provides them with an opportunity to address their remediation needs in their senior year. Lastly, we will discuss the potential for dual enrollment in high school to better facilitate college transitions. We will end with a discussion about what we can learn from these initiatives and how we can move forward to improve college readiness.

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Whitney Kozakowski

PhD Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Whitney Kozakowski is a Ph.D. candidate in Education Policy and Program Evaluation at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and PIER fellow through the Center for Education Policy Research. Her research is focused on college access and completion. Her current projects examine how... Read More →

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Bethany King Wilkes

Program Director, Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support, Tennessee Board of Regents
Bethany King Wilkes is the Program Director for Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support (SAILS) at the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR). In this role, she oversees the SAILS Program that targets students who have not achieved college readiness benchmarks by introducing... Read More →
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John Fink

Senior Research Associate, Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
John Fink is the Senior Research Associate for Community College Research Center. His research seeks to uncover structural barriers within higher education that result in inequitable access to educational and economic opportunity for racially minoritized, low-income, and first-generation... Read More →
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Christine Mokher

Associate Professor, Higher Education, Florida State University
Christine Mokher is an Associate Professor of Higher Education in Florida State University’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, where she is also a Senior Research Associate with the Center for Postsecondary Success (CPS). Her research is around policies supporting... Read More →
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Angela Boatman

Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University
Angela Boatman is a higher education scholar whose work focuses on the evaluation of college access and completion policies, particularly in the areas of remediation, financial aid, and community college student success. Her research explores the outcomes of policies designed to increase... Read More →

Tuesday May 21, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm EDT
Rogers, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)
Wednesday, May 22

10:15am EDT

Reform by the Book: Textbook Effects in the Common Core Era
Limited Capacity seats available

Is curriculum choice the silver bullet intervention that K-12 desperately needs? Though recent studies have stoked enthusiasm for using curriculum as a relatively low-cost means to drive student achievement gains, a new study of elementary math textbook efficacy casts doubt on just how much we can expect from curriculum alone. Our panelists will explore how a high-quality curriculum fits into a broader system of reform, what states can do to help researchers better understand its impact on instruction and learning, and why teacher support must be a part of the conversation.

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David Blazar

Assistant Professor, University of Maryland College Park
David Blazar is an Assistant Professor of Education Policy and Economics at the University of Maryland. His research examines teacher labor markets, with a focus on professional learning, organizational contexts of schools and districts, and accountability policy. Current projects... Read More →
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Jackie Kerstetter

Communications Consultant, Alessi Communication & Design Co

Morgan Polikoff

Associate Professor, University of Southern California
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David Steiner

Professor/Executive Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy
David Steiner is Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy and Professor of Education at Johns Hopkins University. He currently serves as a member of the State Board of Education and on the Maryland Commission for Innovation and Excellence in Education. Additionally... Read More →
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Dan Weisberg

Chief Executive Officer, TNTP
As TNTP’s Chief Executive Officer, Dan Weisberg oversees TNTP’s executive team and all aspects of the organization’s operations, strategy and growth.Prior to becoming CEO in June 2015 as part of TNTP’s long-term growth strategy, Dan was the Executive Vice President for Performance Management and General Counsel. In this role, he built and led a 130-person team to support the efforts of school systems and states nationwide to recruit, develop and retain effective teachers and principals.Previously, as Vice... Read More →
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Judy Wurtzel

Senior Director, Education, Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
Judy Wurtzel supports the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation’s efforts to improve K-12 education across the U.S., with a focus on instructional materials, professional learning and parent resources.Judy has experience in government, philanthropy, associations and non-profits... Read More →

Wednesday May 22, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am EDT
Rogers, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)
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