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Managing Schools to Improve Teacher Performance

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Social Enterprise Leadership Forum:
Managing Schools to Improve Teacher Performance

Friday, May 10, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Venue: Columbia University
Attendance at this forum is by invitation only.

Presented By:

The Robin Hood Foundation

The Social Enterprise Program

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The conversation about how to improve American education has often taken on an increasingly confrontational tone. The caricature often presented in the press depicts hard-driving, data-obsessed reformers — who believe the solution is getting rid of low-performing teachers — standing off against unions — who do not trust any teaching metric, and care more about their jobs than the children they are supposed to be educating. One promising area that can potentially serve as a middle ground is a greater focus on the developing classroom-tested, replicable, and scalable approaches to teacher training that make the educators we already have perform better.

In this half-day meeting, we will bring together leaders from a range of education-focused organizations to exchange ideas on how to best help teachers to improve student performance. We will focus the conversation on the challenges facing educators working in urban settings, guided by presentations from leading thinkers from academia and pratice. Discussion topics will range from in-the-classroom techniques for using feed back to increase student motivation, to larger design questions around how to convince the many constituencies involved — teachers, administrators and others — to put change into practice, with the aspiration of finding and implementing effective ways of improving schools at the local, state and national levels.

8:00–8:25 a.m.
8:25–8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction

Ray Fisman
Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise
Co-director, Social Enterprise Program
Columbia Business School

8:30–9:30 a.m.

Keynote Address

John King
Commissioner of Education,
President of the University of the State of New York

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9:30–10:30 a.m.

Can we identify effective teachers?

Thomas Kane
Professor of Education and Economics,
Harvard Graduate School of Education;
Faculty Director,
Harvard’s Center for Education Policy Research

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10:30–11:00 a.m.Coffee Break
11:00 –12:00 p.m.

Designing student feedback

Valerie Purdie-Vaughns
Assistant Professor of Social Psychology,
Columbia University;
Intergroup Relations and Diversity Laboratory (IRDL)

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12:00–1:00 p.m.

Training the Next Generation of Teachers

Norman Atkins
Co-founder and President,
Relay Graduate School of Education

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1:15–1:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Emary Aronson
Managing Director of Education,
Robin Hood Foundation

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1:30–2:30 p.m.

Working lunch

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