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This is the latest edition of our Monday emails profiling The Week Ahead in education policy. We’d like to include your events in future – please email theweekahead@edcentral.org with details of what’s happening, when, and who’s involved.

With Thanksgiving, Congress has no hearings scheduled for this week. Things are slow on other fronts as well with only a few events before the Thursday holiday.

Monday, 11/25

This afternoon, Catholic University will be holding a faculty seminar with Julian Cristia of the Inter-American Development Bank, from 12:40 to 1:55 pm. He will be discussing the relationship between technology and child development looking at the impact of the one-laptop-per-child program. More information here and here.

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” from 3:30 to 5:00 pm via Google hangout. Learn more and RSVP to participate here.

Also today, the American Youth Policy Forum will hold a webinar from 1:00 to 2:30 pm looking at accelerated learning in high school and higher education. Featured speakers are from AIR, AYPF, Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College, Washington State Board for Technical and Community College, and Johns Hopkins University. Register here.

Thursday, 11/28

Thursday is federally recognized as the Thanksgiving holiday. George Washington first issued a proclamation pronouncing November 26 a “Day of Publick Thanksgiving” in 1789, but it wasn’t regularly celebrated until another proclamation from Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Because of the Great Depression, the holiday was briefly moved to the second-to-last Thursday of the month by FDR. More on the legislative history of Thanksgiving here.

And More

On Monday, December 2, the AEI is hosting an event on school reform with Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. Learn more, RSVP, or watch a livestream on AEI’s website.

On Tuesday, December 3, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will be holding an online event from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm celebrating PISA Day 2013 featuring Secretary Duncan. The event will include a discussion of the results from the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). To read more and participate, click here.

Also Tuesday from 1:30 to 2:30, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will be holding a congressional briefing in Rayburn 2103 on why we should provide students with a continuum of educational support from K through 12th grade. To RSVP, contact Ellen Fern.

The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) holds their National Policy Summit on how future students will access higher education that same day. Learn more and register here.

On Monday, December 9, the Aspen Institute hosts a panel discussion on federal policy and education research in an era of rapid reform on the Hill from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. Participants include leaders from academia, think tanks, Congress, and the Department. To learn more or register, click here.

The Albert Shanker Institute holds an event on “The Word Gap & the Common Core” Wednesday, December 11 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. Panelists will discuss how early childhood education and a focus on literacy could help educators deliver on the goals of the Common Core. Read more and RSVP here.