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Monday, April 29, 2013

  9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

The Global Competition for Talent

Bob Bennett , Chief Learning Officer and Vice President, Human Resources, FedEx Express
Jim Cochran , Head of Global Recruiting, JPMorgan Chase
David Ford , Vice President, Human Resources-North America, Sanofi
Jody Greenstone Miller , Founder and CEO, Business Talent Group
Sajan Pillai , CEO, UST Global Inc.

Wei-Li Chong , Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Knowledge Universe

With the U.S. and Asia on the mend, the issue is not so much "Where will the jobs come from?" It's more about "Who will fill them?" There are as many as 3 million unfilled technology jobs in the U.S. and millions more abroad. The outsourcing boom that moved employment to India and China is now reversing as companies bring back manufacturing from Asia to take advantage of low energy prices in the U.S. With opportunities beginning to increase, where will tomorrow's workers come from? How will big companies ensure their workers won't desert them for the next offer that comes along? How can immigration policy be applied most effectively?

  10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

The International Quest for Effective Education Reform

Michael Bennet , U.S. Senator
Eugene Kandel , Head of the National Economic Council, Israeli Prime Minister's Office
Anthony Miller , Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Department of Education
Dilip Thakore , Publisher and Editor, EducationWorld
Dinghua Wang , Director-General, Basic Education Department, Ministry of Education, China

Lowell Milken , Co-Founder, Knowledge Universe Education; Founder, National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET)

A nation's education system is its engine of human capital development and economic, civic and social progress. With that in mind, China, India, Israel and the U.S. have launched initiatives to advance the quality and equity of their elementary and secondary education systems. Access to schooling, teacher quality and accountability, student motivation, effective-instruction programs, technology and early-childhood education are key elements of each plan. Each nation's reforms are rooted in its culture, but all aim to produce high school graduates who are college and career ready and will propel their societies through the middle of the 21st century. What can we learn from these approaches and their results to date? Which initiatives are truly effective and which have not met expectations? How can the private sector help these strategies succeed?

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  12:00 PM - 1:45 PM

K-12 Education Private Lunch (By invitation only)

Jim Hogeboom , Superintendent, Lucia Mar School District
Jack Markell , Governor, State of Delaware; Chairman, National Governors Association

Lowell Milken , Co-Founder, Knowledge Universe Education; Founder, National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET)

This interactive lunch discussion will focus on challenges to the K-12 system and innovative programs designed to improve educational opportunities for students and educators. Business and philanthropic leaders are welcome to participate in this invitation-only dialogue with some of America's leading educators and government officials.

  2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Can Technology Revamp the Learning Process?

John Barbour , CEO, LeapFrog Enterprises
Nolan Bushnell , Chairman and CEO, Brainrush
Michael Moe , Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer, GSV Capital
Ronald Packard , Founder and CEO, K12 Inc.

Adam Nordin , Global Head of Education Services and Technology, Barclays Capital

Accelerating technology and robust online offerings mean education may finally be poised for real transformation. The increasing capabilities and decreasing costs of technology, coupled with social media and other rapidly evolving methods of communication, are creating new opportunities to expand access to education and help both children and adults develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Will this intersection of technology and education dramatically improve student performance in core academic areas such as math and science? Will new, non-traditional venues emerge where displaced workers and undereducated adults can gain the skills or specialized credentials that will put a dent in unemployment? Join authorities from some of America's most innovative technology-based learning companies as they debate the role and impact of technology in education today and in the future.

  3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

The Preschool Mandate: How Do We Get It Right?

Chaka Fattah , U.S. Congressman
Mila Henn , Executive Director, Patient Support and Global Patient Services, Cleveland Clinic
Lisa Poon , Manager, Human Resources, Cisco Systems
Phyllis Stewart Pires , Director of WorkLife Strategy, Stanford University

Elanna Yalow , CEO, Knowledge Universe Early Learning Programs

President Obama's 2013 State of the Union address heralded the importance of starting education "at the earliest possible age." He called for a bold partnership with states "to make high-quality preschool available to every single child in America." But is universal preschool the panacea some claim or a costly, simplistic attempt to solve a far more complex problem? This panel will first present the economic and scientific case for investing in early childhood education. Then the viability of the president's proposal will be examined by key legislators, policymakers and business leaders. The panel will discuss what we've learned about the benefits and disappointments of universal preschool, how to optimize the return from educational investments, the merits of varied delivery models and whether our overburdened public schools are prepared for this challenge.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

  8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

The Future of Higher Education in America

William Bennett , Former U.S. Secretary of Education; Author, "Is College Worth It?"
Steven Knapp , President, The George Washington University
Daphne Koller , Co-Founder, Coursera Inc.
Patricia McWade , Dean of Student Financial Services, Georgetown University
Anthony Miller , Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Department of Education

John Nelson , Managing Director, Public Finance Group, Moody's Investors Service

Student debt surpassed the $1 trillion mark in 2012 and now is the second-largest category of household debt behind mortgages. Default rates exceed those of credit cards, and college tuition and fees have been rising even faster than health care costs. At the same time, employers are seeing a mismatch between their needs and the qualifications of those in the labor pool. This incongruity threatens to derail productivity and economic growth, raising serious questions about national competitiveness. Given this backdrop, how can the American higher education model fulfill the learning, affordability and job-preparation needs of students? What role can colleges and universities, online technology and government play in setting higher education on the best possible course?

  9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Policy Roundtable: Reshaping Higher Education and Reducing Student Debt (By invitation only)

Rohit Chopra , Student Loan Ombudsman, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Jeff Keltner , Head of Business Development, Upstart
Robert Lerman , Fellow, Urban Institute; Professor of Economics, American University
Ladan Manteghi , Executive Director, Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business
Barry Munitz , Trustee Professor, California State University, Los Angeles; President, Cotsen Family Foundations

Daniel Gorfine , Director, Financial Markets Policy, and Legal Counsel, Milken Institute

The rising cost of higher education and the debt burdens of students and their families have become issues of national concern. Creative solutions are needed to curb these costs and ensure that students develop the workforce skills necessary to compete in the global economy. Promising ideas include fostering models premised on partnerships among industry, students and educational institutions; addressing attitudes and financial incentives related to higher education; and approaches to human capital investment that expand student choice. Join us for this private roundtable on reshaping and financing higher education in the U.S.

  10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Book Signing: William Bennett and David Wilezol, "Is College Worth It?"

  2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

A Matter of Degrees: How Education Enriches Us All

Gregory Cappelli , CEO, Apollo Group; Chairman, Apollo Global
Gray Davis , Former Governor of California; Of Counsel, Loeb & Loeb LLP
Ross DeVol , Chief Research Officer, Milken Institute
Feridun Hamdullahpur , President, University of Waterloo
Udeitha Srimushnam , Candidate, Master of Communication Management, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Ernest Wilson III , Dean and Walter H. Annenberg Chair in Communication, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California

What region wouldn't want to become the next Silicon Valley or Research Triangle? It could be within reach with the right public policy and investments in higher education. An educated workforce is a fundamental factor in determining the economic performance of regions around the United States. But other advanced nations are ahead of the U.S. in the level of education among young adults. Our panel will discuss how to address this and more. What actions should be taken by policymakers, educators, business executives and civic leaders? How can we make education more accessible and affordable, increase graduation rates and strengthen coordination between industry and institutions of learning? What strategic educational investments would improve regional and national competitiveness, and what occupations would bolster the economy most in the 21st century?

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Teacher Evaluation and National Testing: Can We Reach Consensus?

Yvonne Chan , Principal, Vaughn Next Century Learning Center; former Member, California State Board of Education
Jason Culbertson , Chief Learning Officer and Executive Vice President, National Institute for Excellence in Teaching
Warren Fletcher , President, United Teachers Los Angeles
Patrice Pujol , Superintendent, Ascension Parish Schools, Gonzales, Louisiana

Thomas Boysen , Adjunct Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Southern California

Research and experience show that the teacher is by far the most powerful school factor in student achievement. Yet most are judged on the basis of several observations a year at best, without consideration of students' results or parent/student opinion of their work. Few experts believe that this traditional, process-focused approach aids smart decision-making on retention, promotion and tenure, or improves teaching and student achievement. Meanwhile, the federal government grants $2 billion annually for professional development programs that have nothing to do with teacher evaluation. Our panel will discuss the most effective evaluation models and how proven programs can be widely adopted. Should student performance be linked to promotion, tenure and higher pay? Can evaluation systems propel teacher development and energize educator learning communities? Will the new Common Core Standards and Assessments make the situation better or worse?

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