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MONDAY, DECEMBER 10
PANEL DISCUSSION: Training Disrupted - The Future of Workplace Credentials: Join Third Way for a conversation over lunch focused on the future of workforce credentials-specifically, innovative opportunities to train workers in the decades ahead. The discussion will feature leading innovators who are working to expand training opportunities to new sectors, using new technology, and reaching more diverse communities.
11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
District Architecture Center
421 7th Street NW
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11
PANEL DISCUSSION: Of Metrics and Markets: Measuring Post-College Employment Success: Given the magnitude of US investment in higher education and the wide range of outcomes students face, it is crucial to develop clear, accurate, and accessible information on the returns to higher education programs. A new TICAS report analyzes current accreditor, state, and federal employment rate requirements and makes recommendations for improved, aligned, and useful metrics. Join us on Tuesday, December 11, for a copy and overview of our new report and a detailed discussion featuring experts with diverse viewpoints.
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET
US Capitol Visitor's Center
WEBINAR: Governance Matters: Organizing for Success: Out-of-School Time (OST) systems are a promising strategy to improve access to quality expanded learning opportunities for more youth. A key lesson learned from The Wallace Foundation's investment in OST system-building is that coordination needs to match the local context. And, that governance really does matter for system success. In a study supported by The Wallace Foundation, Sharon Deich and colleagues at FourPoint Education Partners examined different approaches to governance structures and developed an infographic to describe how OST systems across the country are setting themselves up and evolving to ensure that their coordination continues to meet the local context. Join Priscilla Little, Senior Consultant with the Forum, and Sharon Deich along with OST networks from across the country to learn more about approaches to OST system governance, and why and when it is time to consider revising your approach.
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET
ESSA School by School Spending: What It Means for You and How to Prepare: ESSA Fiscal Transparency requirements kick in for the 2018-19 school year, and the work remaining for state and local education agencies alike is as much about the data itself as it is about communicating the information in a meaningful way. This one-hour webinar will detail top considerations and actions in preparation for the report as well as information and resources that can help SEAs and LEAs navigate this new reporting requirement.
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12
PANEL DISCUSSION: The Changing of the Guard in State Education Leadership: The Aspen Institute Education & Society Program convened a broad bipartisan group of stakeholders to create new resources for policymakers, parents and students to design and implement effective, research-based education policy. The tools focus on creating true equity in education with parents, students and the state’s workforce needs placed front and center.
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET
The Aspen Institute
2300 N Street, NW, Smith Room, 8th Floor
PANEL DISCUSSION: Bridging the Education-Workforce Divide: Upskilling America's Workforce: Today's students are more diverse - in age, race, income-level and employment background - than ever before. That demographic diversity is matched in the diversity of pathways to and through postsecondary education and the workforce. These educational pathways span a wide range of programs and criss-cross traditional higher education, workforce training, short-term credentials and other new models designed to meet today's students where they are, but current federal policies and available funding streams do not always work together seamlessly for the benefit of students. Are policies encouraging or creating barriers for institutions and stakeholders to work together to help students earn quality credentials that lead to employment? Join Dr. Aaron Thompson, President of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, and Jason Smith, Partnership Executive Director of Bridging Richmond, for a roundtable discussion on the connections and challenges between the nation's higher education and workforce systems.
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET
Capitol Visitors Center - SVC 203-02
WEBINAR: Where Statewide Policy Meets Local Implementation: Investigating Proficiency-Based Education in Maine: In 2012, the Maine legislature passed a proficiency-based graduation law, requiring its public schools to grant high school diplomas based on students' mastery of eight subjects. But, mandating proficiency-based education is one thing. What about implementing it? To learn about how this law was translated into practice, Education Development Center (EDC) partnered with 10 districts in rural Maine that were in the process of implementing the state's requirement. EDC studied students' exposure to student-centered, proficiency-based education and the relationship between exposure and student academic performance and engagement.
1 p.m. ET
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13
WEBINAR: Achieving a 90 Percent Graduation Rate: A Path Back to High School for Boston Youth: In this webinar, we will hear from the National League of Cities on the re-engagement landscape and learn from The Boston Re-Engagement Center and their success in bringing young people back to earn their diplomas. We will define re-engagement and its importance, discuss barriers youth face in returning to education, and describe the strategies to re-engage students. We will also hear from young people served by the Boston Re-Engagement Center.
3 p.m. to 4:15 pm ET
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14
WEBINAR: The 2018 Legal Landscape: Litigation and Agency Actions Regarding Federal Non-Discrimination Law In Higher Education: This webinar will survey the year's developments with an overview and synthesis of recent developments in federal court litigation involving Harvard University, other cases percolating through the courts, claims in recently-filed U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights complaints, recent federal developments in the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education. Based on these developments, presenters will offer insights into important higher education strategies that can advance mission-based institutional interests in ways that also mitigate legal risk.
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET
MONDAY, DECEMBER 17
PANEL DISCUSSION: How to expand apprenticeships: What Europe can teach the US: Apprenticeships are front and center in the debate over the skills gap. While the US has never succeeded in expanding apprenticeships significantly, policymakers and business leaders have long expressed admiration for Europe's apprenticeship systems. AEI's Joseph B. Fuller will speak with Professor Uschi Backes-Gellner, a leading expert on the Swiss and German apprenticeship systems, and CareerWise Colorado CEO Noel Ginsburg about the effort to launch an innovative program in Colorado, inspired by the Swiss system. CareerWise client Bob Hottman, CEO of Plante Moran, will bring an early adopter's perspective to the discussion. The group will also discuss the applicability of central European practices to the US labor market more broadly and how to create a viable domestic apprenticeship system.
4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. ET
1789 Massachusetts Avenue, NW