Back to School: Promoting Attainment and Achievement in K-12 Education

What: A Hamilton Project K-12 Education Forum

When: September 27, 2012, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Where: The Capital Hilton Hotel, 1001 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Sep 11, 2012, 14:00 ET from The Hamilton Project at Brookings

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On September 27th, The Hamilton Project at Brookings will host a forum to discuss new approaches to promoting attainment and achievement in K-12 education.  U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will give featured remarks, highlighting recent progress on education reform, the difficult work still ahead, and the need for innovation to help advance reform efforts.

The Hamilton Project will release three new policy proposals by outside authors and a series of economic facts on K-12 education.  Focusing on the new proposals, three panels of distinguished guests will explore the value of stricter and better-enforced attendance laws in coordination with other programs to increase the high school graduation rate; the use of new evidence to demonstrate how targeted charter school methods could be successfully applied in public schools; and a new approach to evaluating education technologies to help speed the development of potentially valuable new products. 

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9:00 - 9:10 a.m.  - Welcome and Introductions

Robert E. Rubin, Co-Chair, Council on Foreign Relations; Former U.S. Treasury Secretary

9:10 – 10:10 a.m.  -  Roundtable: Setting the National Bar for Compulsory Schooling to 18 Years of Age

Author:  Phil Oreopoulos, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Toronto

Discussant:  Discussant:  Terry Grier, Superintendent, Houston Independent School District

Discussant:  Elena Silva, Senior Associate, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Discussant:  Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association

Moderator:  Michael Greenstone, Director, The Hamilton Project

10:10 – 11:10 a.m.  -  Roundtable:  Generalizing the Lessons of Successful Charter Schools

Author:  Roland Fryer, Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics, Harvard University; CEO, EdLabs

Discussant:  Seth Andrew, Superintendent and Founder, Democracy Prep Public Schools

Discussant:  Terry Grier, Superintendent, Houston Independent School District

Discussant:  Richard Rothstein, Senior Fellow, Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy, University of California (Berkeley) School of Law

Moderator:  Roger Altman, Chairman, New Visions for Public Schools; Founder and Chairman, Evercore Partners

11:15 – 11:25 a.m.  - Break

11:25 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.  -  Roundtable:  Harnessing Technology to Improve K-12 Education 

AuthorsAaron Chatterji, Associate Professor, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University and  Benjamin Jones, Associate Professor, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Discussant:  Karen Cator, Director of the Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education

Discussant:  William Tucker, Deputy Director of Policy Development, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Discussant:  Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association

Discussant:  Eric Westendorf, Co-Founder, LearnZillion

Moderator:  Michael Greenstone

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.  - Featured Remarks

The Hon. Arne Duncan, Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

SOURCE The Hamilton Project at Brookings