NALEO 12th Annual National Summit on the State of Latino Education - NALEO Educational Fund

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September 9-10, 2016 | Washington, D.C.


The NALEO 12th Annual National Summit on the State of Latino Education focused on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). On December 10, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law. The federal reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) shifts the educational oversight of student services and accountability systems from the federal level to the state and local levels. It is imperative that education policymakers understand the various components within the legislation that will set the goals and outcomes for the students they serve.

Policymakers need a thorough understanding of federal and state policies in education and their effect on the educational success of Latino students; navigating the changes in these policies will require a focused governance and leadership approach. Latinos are the second largest population group in the United States and are driving the growing rate of English Language Learner (ELL) students across the nation. The educational attainment of Latino students is therefore intrinsically connected to the nation’s future growth and success. This convening provided Latino elected and appointed officials a timely opportunity to explore key concepts surrounding ESSA and how this federal law can be used to support the growing Latino and English Language Learner student population.

The goal of the NALEO 12th Annual National Summit on the State of Latino Education was to support Latino public servants in their leadership and governance skills development and ability to develop effective public policy to better shape the educational experiences their students and families will have in their communities. During the Institute, NALEO members heard from leading education experts from the public, private, and non-profit sectors who tackled pressing policy topics on the academic needs of ELLs during this time of transition. Participants had the opportunity to develop strategic partnerships with policymakers from across the country.

The Summit included curriculum that covered:


  • From No Child Left Behind (NCLB) to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): A Discussion on Lessons Learned
  • From NCLB to ESSA: Understanding the Key Changes in Federal Education Policy
  • ESSA: Identifying New Opportunities for ELLs to Succeed
  • ESSA and Data: Effective Policymaking Through the use of Evidence-Based Tools
  • An Overview of Federal Funding Sources and State Funding Models
  • Communication and Engagement: Strategies to Inform Constituents
  • Advocating for ELLs: Communication Strategies in Action

Sponsors


Title Sponsors







Investor Sponsors

Durham School Services
Force Multiplier Solutions, Inc.
Microsoft
Wells Fargo

Schedule



8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Oriental Desk, Ballroom Level

Registration


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Oriental Ballroom A, Ballroom Level

Breakfast


9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Oriental Ballroom B & C, Ballroom Level

Welcome Remarks

President’s Welcome:
Hon. Pauline Medrano, Treasurer, Dallas County, Texas;
NALEO President

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Oriental Ballroom B & C, Ballroom Level

Session I:

From No Child Left Behind (NCLB) to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): A Discussion on Lessons Learned


On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law. ESSA, which is the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), is the new federal law that governs our K-12 public education system and brings significant changes to the role state and local policymakers will have in crafting new accountability systems for their districts and schools. This session offered participants with the opportunity to engage in a thoughtful discussion to reflect on past “lessons learned” around implementing a new federal education law at the state and local levels.

Additional Resources: 1


10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Oriental Ballroom B & C, Ballroom Level

Session II:

From NCLB to ESSA: Understanding the Key Changes in Federal Education Policy


Two issues ESSA addresses, over NCLB, is the meaningful flexibility given to states and local school districts on how students are accounted for and the focus placed on the (equitable) support students must be given to succeed academically. This session provided participants with updates on key federal reforms that will affect the various Titles under ESSA, particularly those affecting low-income and English Language Learners (ELLs) (Titles I and III respectively). Under ESSA, if implemented correctly, these reforms can provide an opportunity to ensure a quality 21st century education for all students.

• Ms. Natasha Ushomirsky, Director of K-12 Policy Development, The Education Trust
Presentation | Resource: 1

• Mr. Ross Wiener, Vice President and Executive Director, The Education and Society Program; The Aspen Institute
Presentation | Resource: 1 | 2 | 3


12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Oriental Ballroom A, Ballroom Level

Luncheon Program


1:15 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.
Oriental Ballroom B & C, Ballroom Level

Session III:

ESSA: Identifying New Opportunities for ELLs to Succeed


As states and school districts prepare to implement ESSA, discussions around how this federal legislation attempts to recognize and address the unique needs of ELL students has come to the forefront. Policymakers and education leaders are actively monitoring ESSA negotiated rulemaking at the federal level to ensure the needs of ELL students are met in every classroom. It is critical that policymakers understand the systems that school districts employ to identify, classify, and reclassify ELL students. This knowledge will allow for policymakers to proactively leverage the opportunities presented in ESSA as well as monitor local practices that can promote the academic and language acquisition success of ELL students.

• Ms. Delia Pompa, Senior Fellow for Education Policy, Migration Policy Institute
Presentation | Resource: 1

• Dr. Magda Y. Chia, Director of Strategy, Impact, and Policy, Understanding Language/Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (UL/SCALE); Stanford University; California
Presentation | Resource: 1

• Hon. Carlos Mariani, Minnesota State Representative; Executive Director, Minnesota Education Equity Partnership (MnEEP)

Resource: 1

Additional Resources: 1 | 2

3:05 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Oriental Ballroom B & C, Ballroom Level

Session IV:

ESSA and Data: Effective Policymaking Through the use of Evidence-Based Tools


The field of education has recognized the importance of systematically collecting and analyzing data to guide local decision-making that will improve the success of students and schools. Under ESSA, data driven decision-making is more important than ever as local policymakers will be responsible for selecting academic related indicators and methods to measure and track student success. While policymakers agree that data can play an important role in creating, implementing, and evaluating policies that impact student success, it can be difficult to determine which tools are available and most effective for collecting and interpreting data. In this session, participants received an overview of a few evidence-based tools and practices that support data driven policymaking.

• Ms. Paige Kowalski, Executive Vice President, Data Quality Campaign (DQC)
Presentation | Resource: 1

• Mr. James A. Ferg-Cadima, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Education
Presentation | Resource: 1


4:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Oriental Ballroom B & C, Ballroom Level

Closing Remarks

Additional resources provided by our Sponsors: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Opening Reception

Opening Reception Hosts:
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
State Farm®

Co-Hosts:
Durham School Services
Force Multiplier Solutions, Inc.
Microsoft
Wells Fargo

Reception Donor:
American Federation of Teachers
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Oriental Desk, Ballroom Level

Registration


8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Oriental Ballroom B & C, Ballroom Level

Breakfast


8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Oriental Ballroom B & C, Ballroom Level

Welcome Remarks


8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Oriental Ballroom B & C, Ballroom Level

Session V:

An Overview of Federal Funding Sources and State Funding Models


Under ESSA, millions of dollars in federal grants from early childhood education to career technical education will be made available. Many of these federal grants may be used to support ELL, Dual Language Learners (DLL), and low socioeconomic students in classrooms across the nation. Although ESSA allows for some flexibility around the distribution of federal funds, states must also sustain and provide comparable funding levels to fully implement ESSA. In this session, participants learned more about the changes in federal funding streams and how they can support the success of low-income and ELL students, as well as how these federal funding streams can support the professional development that local educators receive in public school districts.

• Mr. Daniel G. Thatcher, Program Principal, Education Program, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
Presentation | Resource: 1

• Ms. Mary Cathryn Ricker, Executive Vice President, American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
Presentation | Resource: 1 | 2


10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Oriental Ballroom B & C, Ballroom Level

Session VI:

Communication and Engagement: Strategies to Inform Constituents


Policymaking and communications go hand in hand. In order to improve the adoption of a policy and its associated practices, there must be awareness and buy-in from a variety of stakeholders. ESSA calls for greater community engagement from all stakeholders, including administrators, educators, parents, and students. During this session, participants were able to develop and practice effective messaging and communications strategies that will assist them in informing and engaging their constituents around recent changes in education policy.

• Mr. Jaime Alfonso Zapata, Partner, +gmmb

• Ms. Michelle Austin, Senior Vice President, +gmmb

Additional Resources: 1 | 2

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Oriental Ballroom A, Ballroom Level

Luncheon Program

• Ms. Laura Maristany, Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs, Policy, Research and Advocacy; NALEO Educational Fund
Presentation


1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Oriental Ballroom B & C, Ballroom Level

Session VII:

Advocating for ELLs: Communication Strategies in Action


As states and local communities outline goals and commitments under ESSA, it is imperative that the needs of low-income, underserved, and ELLs remain central to those developments. Policymakers have an opportunity to be strong advocates for these student populations. This session provided policymakers with an opportunity to generate a concise advocacy plan to engage their constituents around a shared vision to promote the academic success of ELL students.

• Ms. Alma V. Márquez, President and Chief Executive Officer, Del Sol Group, California

• Mr. Michael Vaughn, Director of Communications, Education Post
Presentation | Resource: 1


3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Oriental Ballroom B & C, Ballroom Level

Closing Remarks & Evaluation

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