1. NAPCS: Checker Finn


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    A 3:20 tribute to Chester E. Finn, Jr., and his dedication to education reform. By Monument Communications, June 2014.

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    • Game Changing Approaches to Common Standards and Common Assessments


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      David Coleman, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Student Achievement Partners; Checker Finn, President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute; Elaine Johnson, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Workforce Development, Illinois Community College Board; Eric Smith, Commissioner of Education, Florida Department of Education; and Jon Schnur, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, New Leaders for New Schools (moderator) discuss the Common Core State Standards. This plenary took place on Monday, June 6, 2011, during the PARCC Transition & Implementation Institute held at Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center at National Harbor, Maryland. More information about PARCC is at http://www.parcconline.org

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      • Are Education Schools Amenable to Reform?


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        Many reformers and funders have written off schools of education as beyond repair, and much of the current energy for teacher preparation is centered on non-traditional programs like Teach For America. But are schools of education more ready for reform than the conventional wisdom supposes? Join the Thomas B. Fordham Institute for a lively and provocative debate about that question. Institute President Chester Finn will moderate, and the discussion will be informed, in part, by Fordham’s recent study, Cracks in the Ivory Tower? The Views of Education Professors Circa 2010, as well as by the recently-announced effort, led by Jim Cibulka's NCATE, to overhaul the teacher evaluation system. * * * Panelists: Deborah Loewenberg Ball, Dean, University of Michigan School of Education James G. Cibulka, President, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Steve Farkas, President, Farkas Duffett Research Group, co-author of Cracks in the Ivory Tower? David Imig, President Emeritus, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Kate Walsh, President, National Council on Teacher Quality

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        • Mike & Checker discuss Fordham's new publication: Now What?


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          This Fordham Institute publication—co-authored by President Chester E. Finn Jr. and VP Michael J. Petrilli—pushes folks to think about what comes next in the journey to common education standards and tests. Most states have adopted the “Common Core” English language arts and math standards, and most are also working on common assessments. But…now what? The standards won’t implement themselves, but unless they are adopted in the classroom, nothing much will change. What implementation tasks are most urgent? What should be done across state lines? What should be left to individual states, districts, and private markets? Perhaps most perplexing, who will govern and “own” these standards and tests ten or twenty years from now? Finn and Petrilli probe these issues in “Now What?” After collecting feedback on some tough questions from two-dozen education leaders (e.g. Jeb Bush, David Driscoll, Rod Paige, Andy Rotherham, Eric Smith), they frame three possible models for governing this implementation process. In the end, as you’ll see, they recommend a step-by-step approach to coordinate implementation of the Common Core. Read on to find out more.

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          • Think Tank + Sponsoring Charter Schools = Harder Than it Looks


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            A frank discussion about the lessons Fordham has learned as a charter school sponsor in Ohio, based off Fordham's new book "Ohio's Education Reform Challenges: Lessons From the Frontline" by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Terry Ryan and Mike Lafferty. Presenter: Terry Ryan, Vice President for Ohio Programs and Policy, Thomas B. Fordham Institute Discussants: Joey Gustafson, Founder and CEO, JM Consulting Inc. Alex Medler, Vice President, Policy and Research, National Association of Charter School Authorizers Perry White, Founder and Executive Director, Citizens Academy Moderator: Chester E. Finn, Jr., President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute, and co-author, Ohio's Education Reform Challenges

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            • The Education Gadfly: Harvard wimps out on testing


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              Checker Finn, Mike Petrilli and Mickey Muldoon discuss Harvard University's decision to no longer routinely require final exams. Based on the July 15, 2010, Education Gadfly editorial, found at http://edexcellence.net/gadfly/index.cfm?issue=583&edition=N#a6255

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              • Education Gadfly - Give teachers union leaders respect?


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                In this week's Education Gadfly editorial, Checker Finn and Stafford Palmieri investigate bold, reform-minded teachers union leaders. This video accompanies the June 17, 2010, edition of the Education Gadfly, found at http://edexcellence.net/gadfly/index.cfm?issue=576&edition=N.

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                • OAPCS Q&A with Checker Finn


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                  Chester E. Finn, Jr. of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute answers questions following his keynote address at the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools' Annual Conference.

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