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Common core, social studies, and charter schools

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Chalkboard PixabayOn Monday, March 25, the AEI Education team is hosting an all-day conference to discuss the Common Core State Standards and how they complement (or conflict) with school reform agendas that states are already pursuing. There are many great panel discussions throughout the day, but of particular interest is the third panel, on charter schooling and social studies standards. The Program on American Citizenship has released a number of case studies that examine how different charter schools approach teaching social studies and civic education—and we’ll be publishing a couple more studies in the coming weeks. Indeed, one of our authors, Robin Lake (who coauthored, with Cheryl Miller, Strengthening the Civic Mission of Charter Schoolswill be a discussant on Monday’s panel. She will be joined by Jeanne Allen (Center for Education Reform), Russell Armstrong (Office of the Louisiana Governor), and Peter Meyer (Thomas B. Fordham Institute).

Register and learn more about the conference at the AEI website. The full schedule is below. We hope to see you there.

Common Core meets the reform agenda
Monday, March 25, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

AEI, Twelfth Floor
1150 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Agenda

8:45 AM
Registration and Breakfast

9:00 AM
Introduction:
Frederick M. Hess, AEI

9:10 AM
Panel I: Process and politics

Panelists:
Mark Bauerlein, Emory University
Michael Cohen, Achieve Inc.
Ashley Jochim, University of Washington
Michael Q. McShane, AEI
Kimberly Worthy, Howard University Public Charter Middle School of Mathematics and Science

Moderator:
Frederick M. Hess, AEI

10:30 AM
Break

10:45 AM
Panel II: Teacher quality and accountability

Panelists:
Ann Bonitatibus, Frederick County Public Schools
Deven Carlson, University of Oklahoma
Mitchell Chester, Massachusetts Department of Education
Lily Eskelsen, National Education Association
Morgan Polikoff, University of Southern California

Moderator:
Michael Q. McShane, AEI

12:05 PM
Lunch

12:55 PM
Panel III: Charter schooling and social studies standards

Panelists:
Jeanne Allen, Center for Education Reform
Russell Armstrong, Office of the Louisiana Governor
Robin Lake, Center on Reinventing Public Education
Peter Meyer, Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Moderator:
Michael Q. McShane, AEI

2:05 PM
Break

2:20 PM
Panel IV: Governors and state implementation

Panelists:
Richard Laine, National Governors Association
Dane Linn, Business Roundtable
Patrick McGuinn, Drew University
Mitchell Chester, Massachusetts Department of Education

Moderator:
Michael Q. McShane, AEI

3:30 PM
Break

3:45 PM
Panel V: Final roundtable

Panelists:
Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford University
Chester E. Finn, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Neal McCluskey, Cato Institute
Mark Murphy, Delaware Department of Education
Joshua Parker, Baltimore County Public Schools

Moderator:
Frederick M. Hess, AEI

5:00 PM
Adjournment

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