Past Events

Apr
27
2010
Date
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
11:30am to 11:30am

On April 27th, PACE and Pivot Learning Partners presented "From Resources to Results: LAUSD's Quest for Equity, Autonomy, Transparency and Excellence." This daylong conference examined the reform efforts of the LAUSD amidst one of the largest budget crisis known to the district. The panels featured multiple perspectives discussing how resources are allocated to afford greater autonomy for schools, greater budget transparency for the community and greater equity of results for students.

Following are the podcasts of the events:

Apr
23
2010
Date
Friday, April 23, 2010
11:30am to 11:30am

The podcast for our April 23rd seminar "Value-Added Measures of Education Performance: Clearing Away the Smoke and Mirrors" is now available online. The speaker was Douglas N. Harris, Associate Professor of Education Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Madison.

Apr
16
2010
Date
Friday, April 16, 2010
11:30am to 11:30am

The podcast of our April 16 seminar "California’s College Graduate Crisis, and What to Do About It" is now available online. The speaker was Martin Carnoy, Vida Jacks Professor of Education and Economics at Stanford University. In 2005-06 almost half of the pupils in California’s public schools were Latinos, but Latinos only received about 15 percent of the BA degrees awarded by public and private colleges in the state. Texas has a comparable Latino population, but does significantly better than California in getting Latino students through college.

Mar
26
2010
Date
Friday, March 26, 2010
11:30am to 11:30am

The podcast of our March 26 seminar “How Testing and Placement Policies Affect Language Minority Students in CA Community Colleges,” is now available online. The speaker was George Bunch, Assistant Professor of Education at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Community colleges represent the first point of access to public higher education for many language-minority students who have attended California high schools.

Mar
5
2010
Date
Friday, March 5, 2010
11:30am to 11:30am

The podcast of our March 5 seminar “Similar Middle Grades Students, Different Results: Why Some Schools Do Better,” is now available online. The speakers are Mike Kirst, Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, and Founding Director of PACE, and Trish Williams, Executive Director of EdSource.

Feb
26
2010
Date
Friday, February 26, 2010
11:30am to 11:30am

The podcast of our February 26 seminar "Early Learning: Science for Policy Makers," is now available. The speakers are Alison Gopnik, Ph.D., Professor of Developmental Psychology, UC Berkeley, and Bruce Fuller, Ph.D., Professor of Education, UC Berkeley. Lifting early school achievement depends on the quality of early learning environments—but what do we know about these environments that most effectively stimulate young children’s growth? How can we enrich children’s daily activities?

Feb
26
2010
Date
Friday, February 26, 2010
11:30am to 11:30am

The podcast of our February 26 seminar "Postsecondary Preparation and Remediation: Examining the Effect of the EAP at CSU" is now available. The speakers are Michal Kurlaender, Assistant Professor of Education policy at the University of California, Davis, and Jessica Howell, Assistant Professor of Economics at California State University, Sacramento. The Early Assessment Program (EAP) is an academic preparation program developed by the California Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and CSU.

Feb
12
2010
Date
Friday, February 12, 2010
11:30am to 11:30am

Our February 12 seminar, "Grading the California High School Exit Exam" is now available for streaming or download. The speaker, Julian Betts, is Professor of Economics and Chair of the Economics Department at the University of California, San Diego. The CAHSEE has been criticized as being unfair to English Learners, special education students and some racial groups, as well as being ineffective in raising student achievement. Some have called for eliminating passage of the CAHSEE as a graduation requirement for California students.

Dec
11
2009
Date
Friday, December 11, 2009
11:30am to 11:30am

Our recent seminar, The American Diploma Project in California: Findings and Policy Implications, is now available for streaming or download. The seminar featured Herb Fischer, retired San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, Marc Frazer, partner with Education First Consulting, Scott Hill, Vice President at School Innovations & Advocacy, Jorge Ruiz-de-Velasco, Associate Director of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute and Christine Tell, Director of State Services with Achieve.

Nov
6
2009
Date
Friday, November 6, 2009
11:30am to 11:30am

An audio broadcast of our recent seminar International Teachers in California Schools by Lora Bartlett, Assistant Professor of Education at the University of California – Santa Cruz is now available for download. Increasing the percentage of highly qualified teachers in public schools is a priority for California. In this seminar, Bartlett highlights the role overseas trained teachers have played in addressing this goal.

Oct
29
2009
Date
Thursday, October 29, 2009
11:30am to 11:30am

Our recent seminar The Future of Early Education Systems in California (PreK-3rd) featuring Brad Strong, Director of Education, Children Now, Lisa Guernsey, Director, Early Education Initiative, New America Foundation and Loretta Burns, Director, Santa Clara County Partnership for School Readiness, took place last week but no audio is available.

May
29
2009
Date
Friday, May 29, 2009
11:30am to 11:30am

An audio broadcast of our recent seminar “Resources, Incentives and Accountability: Overhauling California’s System of School Finance” featuring Eric Hanushek of The Hoover Institution at Stanford University is now available. Spurred by court rulings requiring states to increase public school funding, the United States now spends more per student on K-12 education than almost any other country.

May
22
2009
Date
Friday, May 22, 2009
11:30am to 11:30am

An audio broadcast of our recent seminar “What Now? Improving Schools Within Budget Constraints” featuring W. Norton Grubb of the University of California, Berkeley.

May
8
2009
Date
Friday, May 8, 2009
11:30am to 11:30am

An audio broadcast of our recent seminar “Designing Categorical Grants to Support Student Learning” featuring Lawrence O. Picus with comments by John Mockler is now available.

Apr
24
2009
Date
Friday, April 24, 2009
11:30am to 11:30am

An audio broadcast of our recent seminar “Effects of the California High School Exit Exam on Student Achievement and Graduation” featuring Sean F. Reardon and Michal Kurlaender is now available.

Apr
10
2009
Date
Friday, April 10, 2009
11:30am to 11:30am

Nancy Shulock directs the Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy at Sacramento State, which produces policy research intended to enhance public policy for California higher education. California’s community colleges serve nearly three-quarters of public postsecondary enrollments in the state and are therefore critical to any effort to meet today’s needs for a highly educated workforce and citizenry. State public policies create the conditions under which the colleges operate to serve students’ needs and contribute to the economy. In this presentation, Ms.

Mar
20
2009
Date
Friday, March 20, 2009
11:30am to 11:30am

An audio broadcast of our recent seminar “Making Policy Matter: Why Have Accountability and Assessment Policies Failed to Close the Equity Gaps in Higher Education?” featuring Estela Mara Bensimon and Alicia C. Dowd from the University of Southern California, is now available. Although policy makers have been talking about and drafting policies to address inequities in student higher education experiences and outcomes for decades, problems of racial-ethnic inequities have proven to be intractable under current accountability and assessment policies.

Feb
13
2009
Date
Friday, February 13, 2009
11:30am to 11:30am

An audio broadcast of our recent seminar “Student-Based Funding in Oakland and San Francisco: Implementation and Policy Implications” is now available. The Feb 13th seminar featured Jay Chambers, Larisa Shambaugh and Jesse Levin from the American Institutes For Research presenting findings from their recent study of the implementation of a weighted student funding system in two California school districts.

Jan
30
2009
Date
Friday, January 30, 2009
11:30am to 11:30am

An audio broadcast of our recent seminar “From Values to Public Judgment on K-12 Education Reform in California” is now available. The January 30th seminar featured Isabella Furth and Heidi Gantwerk from Viewpoint Learning, Inc. discussing a recent project in which they engaged groups of citizens in informed dialogue about the future of California’s K-12 education system and the policy choices that our state faces. The speakers were introduced by PACE's Executive Director David N. Plank.

Jan
23
2009
Date
Friday, January 23, 2009
11:30am to 11:30am

An audio broadcast of our recent seminar “Funding Student Learning: How to Align Education Resources with Student Learning Goals” is now available. The January 23rd seminar featured Professor Jacob Adams presenting the findings and recommendations of the National Working Group on Funding Student Learning, with comments by Gerry Shelton. The speakers were introduced by PACE's Executive Director David N. Plank.

Nov
14
2008
Date
Friday, November 14, 2008
11:30am to 11:30am

“Is No Child Left Behind Dead? Crafting an Effective Federal Role in School Reform” is now available. The November 14th seminar featured a round-table discussion to assess NCLB from a variety of perspectives, asking what we have learned since 2001, and can the federal government rethink it historical mission of equalizing education opportunity and results. The speakers included Bruce Fuller, Jorge Ruiz-de-Velasco, Bill Lucia, and Patricia Rucker, with an introduction from PACE's Executive Director David N. Plank.

Jun
10
2010
Date
Thursday, June 10, 2010
9:00am to 5:00pm

Bringing the Common Core to California: A Discussion

PACE Seminar, Thursday June 10, 2010 Summary of the day's meeting. Morning Presentations.

May
6
2010
Date
Thursday, May 6, 2010
11:30am to 11:30am

The podcast of our May 6 seminar "You Can’t Get There from Here: Postsecondary Capacity, the Master Plan, and the Role of For-profit and Private Institution" is now available online. The speaker was William G. Tierney, Ph.D., Wilbur-Kieffer Professor of Higher Education and Director, Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California. If California participates in President Obama’s goal of increasing participation in postsecondary education the state needs to add roughly 100,000 students a year for the next ten years.