Sep 27

Past Event

Promoting K-12 Education to Advance Student Achievement

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Summary

Great teachers and great schools have the ability to transform the living standard of Americans.  Over the past century, investments in education have boosted the productivity and earnings of American workers, forged a path out of poverty for many families, and developed a productive and innovative workforce.  However, those gains have stagnated and even declined in recent years.  Despite one of the highest rates of per-pupil spending among industrialized countries, the United States ranks as mediocre on most measures of student achievement.

On September 27, The Hamilton Project at Brookings hosted a forum to highlight new policy ideas and perspectives on how to improve student performance in K-12 education. The Hamilton Project released a new strategy paper and three new policy proposals by outside experts focusing on the use of incentives in education, opportunities for organizational changes to improve performance, and a new approach to accountability for teachers and students. The program concluded with a discussion on the path forward in education reform with Teach for America Founder and CEO Wendy Kopp and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, moderated by David Leonhardt, D.C. bureau chief of the New York Times.

Following each panel, the participants took questions from the audience.

Strategy Paper:

Improving Student Outcomes: Restoring America's Education Potential – Michael Greenstone, Adam Looney, and Paige Shevlin

Policy Papers:

The Power and Pitfalls of Education Incentives – Bradley M. Allan and Roland Fryer 

New Assessments for Improved Accountability – Derek Neal 

Organizing Schools to Improve Student Achievement: Start Times, Grade Configurations, and Teacher Assignments  – Jonah Rockoff and Brian Jacob

Event Agenda

  • 9:00 AM -- Welcome

    • Robert E. Rubin

      Co-Chair Council on Foreign Relations

      Former U.S. Treasury Secretary

  • Overview of Hamilton Project Strategy Paper

    • Roger C. Altman

      Founder and Chairman

      Evercore Partners

  • 9:15 AM -- Panel I: The Power and Pitfalls of Incentives in Education

    • Moderator

      Portrait: Michael Greenstone

      Michael Greenstone

      Nonresident Senior Fellow, Economic Studies

    • Author: Roland Fryer

      Professor of Economics, Harvard University

      CEO, EdLabs

    • Discussant: Peter Gorman

      Senior Vice President, Education Services, News Corporation

      Former Superintendent of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

    • Discussant: Tom Boasberg

      Superintendent

      Denver Public Schools

    • Discussant: Robert L. Hughes

      President

      New Visions for Public Schools

    • Discussant: Michael Mulgrew

      President

      United Federation of Teachers

  • 10:05 AM -- Panel II: Picking the Low-Hanging Fruit in the Public School System

    • Moderator

      Portrait: Michael Greenstone

      Michael Greenstone

      Nonresident Senior Fellow, Economic Studies

    • Author: Brian Jacob

      Professor of Education Policy

      University of Michigan

    • Discussant: Peter Gorman

      Senior Vice President, Education Services, News Corporation

      Former Superintendent of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

    • Discussant: Tom Boasberg

      Superintendent

      Denver Public Schools

    • Discussant: Robert L. Hughes

      President

      New Visions for Public Schools

    • Discussant: Michael Mulgrew

      President

      United Federation of Teachers

  • 11:10 AM -- Panel III: A Different Approach to Accountability in American Education

    • Moderator

      Portrait: Michael Greenstone

      Michael Greenstone

      Nonresident Senior Fellow, Economic Studies

    • Author: Derek Neal

      Professor of Economics

      University of Chicago

    • Discussant: Peter Gorman

      Senior Vice President, Education Services, News Corporation

      Former Superintendent of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

    • Discussant: Tom Boasberg

      Superintendent

      Denver Public Schools

    • Discussant: Robert L. Hughes

      President

      New Visions for Public Schools

    • Discussant: Michael Mulgrew

      President

      United Federation of Teachers

    • Discussant: Jonah Rockoff

      Professor of Business

      Columbia University

  • 12:00 PM -- Roundtable Discussion: Lessons Learned from Education Reform and the Path Forward

    • Moderator: David Leonhardt

      D.C. Bureau Chief

      New York Times

    • Wendy Kopp

      Founder and CEO

      Teach for America

    • Randi Weingarten

      President

      American Federation of Teachers

Details

September 27, 2011

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM EDT

Park Hyatt Hotel

Park Ballroom

1201 24th St., NW

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