Agenda (click to expand by day)

Monday, July 15

6:00 pm – Drinks (Sunporch)

7:00 pm – Dinner and Welcome

Welcome: Anthony Mackay and Marc Tucker
Update on OECD Work on Education: Andreas Schleicher
Tuesday, July 16

7:30 am – Breakfast on your own (Chart Room)


8:30 am – Introductions and Overview of the Agenda (Atlantic Room)

Anthony Mackay

8:45 am – Roundtable: Update on Jurisdictions

Facilitator: Anthony Mackay
The purpose of this roundtable is to ask members to reflect on the current state of reform in their home jurisdictions, as a prelude to the next discussion about the future. We will have a second part of the roundtable Wednesday morning as part of the discussion of NCEE’s work program.

10:00 am – Break

10:15 am – Discussion 1: What does the future of education systems look like and what does that mean for NCEE’s Work?

Introduction: Marc Tucker
Catalysts: Siew-Hoong Wong and Michael Stevenson
Respondents: Kai-Ming Cheng and Ursula Renold
  • What is the emerging shape of high-performing and fast-improving education systems in the future? Are there specific innovations to watch?
  • Where do we see the U.S. on the path to this kind of system?
  • How could or should NCEE redesign its work to provide the most strategic assistance to the U.S. in moving in this direction?

12:00 pm – Lunch (Sunporch)

1:15 pm – Discussion 2: How do we achieve both excellence and equity?

Introduction: Anthony Mackay
Catalysts: Andreas Schleicher and Pasi Sahlberg
Respondents: Michael Day and Chew-Leng Poon
  • How do we define and measure excellence?
  • How do we define and measure equity?
  • What are different ways that this question is being approached in different jurisdictions?

3:00 pm – Break

3:15 pm – Discussion 3: What is different about the U.S. education system that makes achieving success so challenging?

Introduction: Marc Tucker
Catalysts: Dylan Willam and Bob Schwartz
Respondents: Barry McGaw and Besty Brown Ruzzi

  • Are there key variables that appear to be responsible for the stagnant performance of students in the U.S.?
  • What features of top-performing systems are lacking in the U.S.?
  • Are there contextual or cultural barriers to success?

5:00 pm – Adjourn

5:00 pm – Drinks and Lobster Dinner (Poolside)

Wednesday, July 17

7:30 am – Breakfast on Your Own (Chart Room)

8:00 am – Overview of the Agenda for the Day (Atlantic Room)

Anthony Mackay

8:45am – Discussion 4: How do we lead reform with both practice and with policy? How does this play out differently in different jurisdictions? 

Introduction: Anthony Mackay
Catalysts: Bob Schwartz and Linda Darling-Hammond
Respondents: Andreas Schleicher and Marc Tucker

  • What are the ways different jurisdictions approach this challenge?  What has been the experience?
  • Are there lessons to draw about what works best in different contexts?
  • Given the structures and history in place in the U.S., is there a judicious approach that is likely to produce lasting change?

10:30 am – Break

10:45am – Discussion of NCEE’s Policy and Research Agenda and Roundtable Update of Key Related Work of Board Members

Facilitator: Anthony Mackay
Respondents: Jackie Kraemer and Larry Molinaro

The purpose of this session is to lay out at a high level NCEE’s Policy and Research agenda for the coming year aligned to the issues discussed at this meeting and then ask Advisory Group members for feedback on that agenda and to update us on work they are doing that is relevant to that agenda.

11:45am – Discussion of Next Meeting

Facilitator: Anthony Mackay

12:00 pm – Lunch

1:15 pm – Adjourn