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Monday, November 18, 2013

The New America Foundation hosts an event this morning from 9:00 to 11:30 am on community colleges and competency-based education. “A Natural Fit?” brings together college presidents on the cutting edge of competency-based innovation, along with key leaders from the state, accrediting, and policy communities. Read more and watch the live stream here.

The Department of Education will be holding its second round of negotiated rulemaking on Gainful Employment from November 18-20 after rescheduling from October. New America’s Ben Miller has the take on the the Department’s latest regulations and the positions of different negotiators over at

This afternoon, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), School Improvement Network, and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute will be hosting “Traversing the Teacher-Evaluation Terrain” at the institute’s offices from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. The event will feature a panel discussion and two new papers by NCTQ and the School Improvement Network. For more information and to RSVP event click here.

The Departments of State and Education are also jointly hosting International Education Week, which kicked off last Tuesday and continues through this week. Check out events happening across the United States and internationally on their online calendar.

The Department of Education hosts an event for the week from 3:30 to 5:00 pm with Secretary Duncan. “Mapping the Nation: Making the Case for Globally Competent Workers and Citizens” features the launch of a first-of-its-kind online map showing the connections between every U.S. county and the rest of the world. See more and RSVP at Global Teacher Education’s website.

The National Education Association is hosting American Education Week from November 18-22. This year’s theme is “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility.

Monday also marks the beginning of the two-day ‘Partnership for 21st Century Skills’ (P21) 2013 National Summit, which is taking place in Crystal City. Registration is now closed, but see an agenda and who is speaking here.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

At 10:00 am the House Committee on Education and the Workforce with be holding a hearing entitled “Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Jobs: Improving the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.” Watch a live-stream of the session online here.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Data Quality Campaign (DQC) is releasing its ninth annual survey, Data for Action 2013, analyzing national and state progress in implementing recommendations to improve student achievement using data. Join DQC online at 2:00 pm for a Twitter Town hall discussing the results of their report. Watch a video with a sneak preview of the results here. More on how to participate here.

Tuesday will be the second day of the Department of Education’s latest round of negotiations on Gainful Employment regulations and the final day of P21’s National Summit.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The House Committee on Natural Resources is holding an oversight hearing at 10:00 am on sequestration-enforced budget cuts to the Secure Rural School (SRS) program, which provides states with funding for teachers and police officers in these areas. More information on the hearing can be found here.

In the afternoon, New America’s Amy Laitinen is speaking on a panel at the National College Action Network’s (NCAN) event on simplifying college choice. The policy briefing titled “Picking and Paying for College: A Discussion on Simplifying College Choice” will take place on the Hill from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Visit NCAN’s website to learn more and RSVP.

On the PreK-12 front, Common Core, Inc. is holding a panel discussion on increasing schools’ access to high-quality books. The event, titled “Books, Not Basals,” will take place from 4:00 to 5:30 pm at the Fordham Institute. Click here to RSVP.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) also begins its Annual Conference & Expo in Washington, DC. The four-day conference features hundreds of sessions and workshops. Read more and register here.

Wednesday will be the third and final day of the Department of Education’s latest round of negotiated rulemaking on Gainful Employment.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The New America Foundation is holding a policy forum on spectrum auctions on the Hill from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. “Spectrum Auctions: Promoting More Mobile Market Competition… or Less?” features speakers from business, the media, and academia and participants from congress, the administration, and corporate boardrooms. Learn more and RSVP here.

The NAEYC Annual Conference and Expo continues. See the schedule of events here.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Join the Women in Government Relations Education Taskforce from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm for a panel discussion on the changing landscape in higher education. “Redefining Higher Education: Innovative Practices and Evolving Policies” features leading women in higher education from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors and will be moderated by the Lumina Foundation’s Zakiya Smith. Learn more and register for the event here.

Then from 12:00 to 2:00 pm, the American Educational Research Association and the Institute for Educational Leadership are holding a lunch forum downtown on the “future of the teaching profession.” The event focuses on the role the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) can play and features NBPTS president Ron Thorpe. For more information and to register, click here.

The NAEYC Annual Conference and Expo continues. See the schedule of events here.

The Rest

The NAEYC Annual Conference and Expo continues through Saturday, November 23. New America’s Lisa Guernsey presents at a Saturday session from 1:00 to 2:30 pm on technology and young children called “A Practical Guide to Screen Time: Integrating New Technologies Without Discarding Old Concerns.”

On Monday, November 25, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) will hold an online presentation and discussion on the intersection of common core and education reform. “Common Core Meets Education Reform: What It All Means for Politics, Policy, and the Future of Schooling” will be held from 3:30 to 5:00 pm via Google hangout. Learn more and RSVP here.