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2016 WPS General & Concurrent Session Resources
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2016 WPS
General and Concurrent Session
Materials & Resources

In preparation for the Washington Policy Seminar (WPS), speakers have provided you with background and supplementary resources for some sessions. Please note that not all sessions have resources available.
Reading these materials and resources is optional, but we hope that you will review the briefing materials below, collect your thinking, and, perhaps, generate some questions you want answered during the sessions.


Opening Plenary

The Evolution of the Presidential Role in Federal Education Policy

The Ever Debatable Federal Role - piece by Michael D. Usdan, senior fellow and former president, IEL

The Hammered History of the Federal Role in Education - humor video by Thomas B. Fordham Institute, featuring Michael Petrilli and Rick Hess


Thursday Morning Plenary

The President & the 114th Congress: What Can and Should We Expect?

Sorted, Polarized, and Gridlocked in 2016 - Cambridge University Press blog

Friday Morning Plenary

Samuel Halperin Lecture & Youth Service Award

A Guide for the Powerless--And Those Who Don't Know Their Own Power: A Primer on the American Political Process - Samuel Halperin

Halperin Lecture and Youth Service Award Transcript - Michele Cahill (lecture), Ebony Rempson (youth service award winner)

Friday Concurrent Sessions

Education Policy and Stakeholder Engagement

Engaging State Legislators: Lessons for the Education Sector - Aspen Institute

Governors' Critical Roles in Supporting School Improvement Efforts - Sarah Silverman

How Business Leaders Can Support College- and Career-Readiness - Committee for Economic Development


Federal Policy Incentives for School-Community Partnerships

Community Schools: Transforming Struggling Schools into Thriving Schools - Coalition for Community Schools, Center for Popular Democracy, Southern Education Foundation

Is a New Day Really Dawning with No Child Left Behind's Successor Law? Washington Post Answer Sheet, piece written by Martin Blank

Where It All Comes Together - American Educator, piece written by Martin J. Blank and Lisa Villarreal


Policy and Politics of Standardized Assessments and the Opt-Out Movement

National Network of State Teachers of the Year Releases 2016 Results of First Federal Policy Survey - National Network of State Teachers of the Year


Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA)

AACC and ACCT's 2016 Community College Federal Legislative Priorities

House Education & Workforce Committee

Senate HELP Committee

The Higher Education Act (HEA): A Primer - Congressional Research Service

U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard

Friday Lunch Plenary

Presidential Campaigns' Platforms on Education

2016 Presidential Candidates on Education - Ballotpedia

Public Concern About Education in 2016: What the Numbers Say - American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

What Would a President Trump Mean for Education? - Rick Hess


Friday Afternoon Plenary

The Every Student Succeeds Act: A Look Behind the Scenes

Every Student Succeeds Act - U.S. Department of Education

States Rush to Retool Accountability Following ESSA Passage - Education Week

The Every Student Succeeds Act: An ESSA Overview - Education Week

With ESSA, States Should Partner with Districts - Education Week commentary


Friday Afternoon National Forum

National Forum on Education: Rethinking Accountability & Equity in the States

For Each and Every Child: A Strategy for Education Equity and Excellence - The Equity and Excellence Commission

National Forum Facilitator Instructions


Friday Evening Capitol Steps Performance

Capitol Steps website

Capitol Steps YouTube channel


Saturday Concurrent Sessions

The Federal Role in Career & Technical Education and Youth Workforce Development

Aligned by Design: WIOA and Career and Technical Education - Association for Career and Technical Education, National Skills Coalition, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium

Expanding Economic Opportunity for Youth through Summer Jobs - JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Investing in America's Future: A Blueprint for Transforming Career and Technical Education - U.S. Department of Education

New Opportunities to Improve Economic and Career Success for Low-Income Youth and Adults: Key Provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) - CLASP

Seizing the Moment: Community Colleges Collaborating with K-12 to Improve Student Success - Higher Ed for Higher Standards

Shared Vision, Strong Systems: The Alliance for Quality Career Pathways Framework Version 1.0 Summary - Alliance for Quality Career Pathways/CLASP


Media Coverage of Education

The Every Student Succeeds Act: An ESSA Overview - Education Week

Presidential Politics and the States

NASBE Standards-Based Leadership Framework: A Policy Update Series - National Association of State Boards of Education

Summary of the Every Student Succeeds Act, Legislation Reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act - National Conference of State Legislatures


Closing Plenary

Philanthropic Influence in Education Policy

Answering the Call: Institutions and States Lead the Way Toward Better Measures of Postsecondary Performance - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Better for Students: Simplifying the Federal Financial Aid Process - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Singing from the Same Hymnbook: Education Policy Advocacy at Gates & Broad - Sarah Reckhow and Megan Thompkins-Stange

The Expanding Role of Philanthropy in Education Politics - Sarah Reckhow and Jeffrey W. Snyder

The Leadership Model of Philanthropy - Lumina Foundation

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