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Measuring and Creating Excellence in Schools

Social Enterprise Leadership Forum:
Measuring and creating excellence in schools

Thursday, May 6, 2010
8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Venue: Columbia University Faculty House
64 Morningside Drive (between 116th and 117th Streets)
New York (
directions and online map).

Attendance at this forum is by invitation only.

Measuring performance—of students, teachers, schools, and entire school systems—has emerged as a critical tool for innovative educational institutions, and a point of emphasis for the current administration in Washington. Yet evaluation is difficult and also very costly, so it’s critically important to do it right—picking the right outcomes, measuring them properly, and using the results to improve the quality of education. In this half-day meeting, we brought together educational leaders from New York City’s public, private, and nonprofit sectors for an exchange of ideas on how to apply evaluation effectively.

8:00–8:25 a.m.
Breakfast and Registration
8:25–8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction

Welcome by Ray Fisman
Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise; and
Director, Social Enterprise Program
Columbia Business School (Video link on YouTube)

8:30–9:15 a.m.

Keynote Presentation: "Accountability: What's It Really All About?"

Joel Klein
New York City Department of Education
(Download presentation PDF | Video link on YouTube)

9:15–10:15 a.m.

Keynote Presentation: "What Makes Charter Schools Effective?"
(30 minute presentation, 30 minutes discussion)

Caroline Hoxby
Scott & Donya Bommer Professor of Economics
Stanford University
(Download presentation PDF | Video link on YouTube)

10:15–10:30 a.m.Coffee Break
10:30–11:30 a.m.

"Using Teacher Evaluation to Improve School Performance"
(15 minute presentations each, 30 minutes discussion | Video link on YouTube)

Jonah Rockoff
Sidney Taurel Associate Professor of Business
Columbia Business School
(See presentation PPS)

Douglas Staiger
John French Professor in Economics
Dartmouth College
(Download presentation PDF)

11:30–12:45 p.m."Scaling up—building successful schools in New York City and New York State"
(45 minute presentation, 30 minutes discussion | Video link on YouTube)

John King
Senior Deputy Commissioner for P-12 Education
New York State Department of Education

James Liebman
Simon H. Rifkind Professor of Law
Columbia Law School; and
former Chief Accountability Officer
New York City Department of Education
(Download presentation PDF)
12:45–1:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks and Wrap-up of Discussion

Emary Aronson
Managing Director of Education
Robin Hood Foundation (Video link on YouTube)

1:00–2:00 p.m.


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The annual Social Enterprise Conference at Columbia Business School brings together thought leaders from across private, nonprofit, public, and academic sectors to share best practices, debate critical issues, and collaborate on innovative concepts to inspire change. Through interactive sessions, keynote speakers, workshops, a pitch competition, and networking opportunities, the conference presents guests with the opportunity to partake in the most important business and societal conversation of this new era. For updates on speakers and sessions, please visit the conference website.

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