The Education Trust National Conference
Nov. 13-14, 2014
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
Baltimore, Md.


Concurrent sessions are organized into strands focused on the following topics:

Leading School Change: Mining lessons from successful school leaders

Raising the Bar for All: Making college- and career-ready standards work in every classroom

Creating Conditions for Change: Advancing equity-focused policy and practice

Building Talent: Preparing and supporting teachers and principals

Getting to Graduation and Beyond: Preparing all students for postsecondary success

Get more information on our sessions.

 2014 Dispelling the Myth Awardee

 Courtesy of The Wallace Foundation

Wednesday, Nov. 12

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Happy Hour and Performance of American Grit
Brooke Haycock, senior playwright-researcher, The Education Trust

Thursday, Nov. 13

6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration Open

6:30 – 8:00 a.m.


8:00 – 8:45 a.m.

Opening Plenary Session
Together We ARE the Change
Kati Haycock, president, The Education Trust

8:45 – 9:30 a.m.

Dispelling the Myth Awards Ceremony

9:30 – 9:50 a.m.



9:50 – 11:05 a.m.

Project-Based Learning: It’s not about dioramas

Aligning K-12 Instruction for Common Core Success

Election 2014: What do the outcomes mean for education?

Helping Teachers Make the Grade in High-Need Schools

Realizing the Vision: Using evaluation to improve instruction districtwide

Shattering Expectations: Closing gaps at the high end of the achievement spectrum

Stemming the Slide: Lessons on effective summer learning programs

Using SAILS to Help Students Soar

What’s the Latest From PARCC?

11:05 – 11:25 a.m.



11:25 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch Plenary Session

Leading the Way: Putting new standards in place

Susana Cordova, chief schools officer, Denver Public Schools, Susan Bunting, superintendent, Indian River School District, Delaware and Sonja Brookins Santelises, vice president of K-12 policy and practice, The Education Trust

1:15 – 1:35 p.m.



1:35 – 2:50 p.m.

Rural Teachers Leading Improvement: Collaborating across schools

Bringing Order Out of Chaos: Leading school coherence

Closing the Word Gap: Systematic vocabulary instruction for high-poverty schools

Cutting Red Tape: Revamping district hiring practices to improve results

From Policy to Reality: Getting implementation right on equitable school funding reform

It Takes a School: Working together to get all students to graduation day

What’s the Latest From Smarter Balanced?

2:50 – 3:10 p.m.



3:10 – 4:25 p.m.

Tiered Intervention: Helping students catch up and soar

Building a Culture of High Expectations

Equity Isn’t a Fad: Keeping equity front and center in the education reform conversation

Expanding Access and Increasing Success for All Students in Advanced Courses

From the Core to the Classroom: Modeling good instruction

Straight From the Source: What effective teachers tell us about working in high-need schools

4:25 – 4:45 p.m.



4:45 – 5:45 p.m.

Afternoon Plenary Session
Developing Great Teaching: From responsible entry to advanced practice
Deborah Loewenberg Ball, dean, University of Michigan School of Education

Networking Reception

Friday, Nov. 14

6:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Registration Open

7:00 - 7:45 a.m.


7:00 – 7:45 a.m

Performance of Catalyst
Brooke Haycock, senior playwright-researcher, The Education Trust

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Morning Plenary Session
Accentuating the Positive: Policies and practices that promote black and Latino male student achievement
Shaun Harper, executive director, Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education

9:00 - 9:20 a.m.



9:20 – 10:35 a.m.

A League of Their Own: Ensuring strong principals for high-need schools

Beyond Box-Checking: Using classroom observation to improve instruction and retain great teachers

College Counseling: From restricted-access to all-access

‘Help! My State Wants to Drop Common Core’: Using statewide coalition-building to defend the Common Core State Standards

Looking Back to Map a Course Forward: Recent and upcoming education policy developments

Readiness for Whom, Readiness for What?
Patterns in college and career preparation through an equity lens

Translating the Core: Implementing Common Core for English learners

10:35 - 10:55 a.m.



10:55 a.m. –
12:10 p.m.

Degrees of Preparation: Ensuring students have the classroom-ready teachers they need

Getting College Results: Helping students navigate the road map to college success

Getting Strong Educators to the Students Who Most Need Them

Keeping Kids in Class: Improving teacher-student relationships to reduce discipline disparities

Navigating Common Core Implementation: A compass for your journey

Turnaround in Overdrive: Turning around a school as standards turn up the heat

12:10 - 12:30 p.m.



12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Closing Plenary Session
Restoring Justice, Igniting Change: Youth and allies at the frontlines of the fight for school discipline reform

Representatives from Padres y Jóvenes Unidos and the DC Youth Slam Team

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The Education Trust promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels — pre-kindergarten through college. Our goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign far too many young people — especially those from low-income families or who are black, Latino, or American Indian — to lives on the margins of the American mainstream.

Important Dates

Tuesday, September 30: Early bird registration closes 
Monday, November 10: Regular registration closes