2018 ABEC Annual ConferenceName: 2018 ABEC Annual ConferenceDate: October 19, 2018Time: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM MSTRegistration: Register NowEvent Description:2018 ABEC Annual Conference
Student Equity: The Real School Choice
Resolving persistent student achievement gaps is not impossible. Please join us to hear powerful voices from the business, education, political and greater community share their advocacy on a successful path for every Arizona student.
Featured speakers include:
- Don Budinger, Founding Director and Chairman, The Rodel Foundations
- Jim Chang, Ph.D., State Demographer, Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity
- Dr. Rita H. Cheng, Ph.D., President, Northern Arizona University
- Dr. Rose Owens-West, Ph.D., Equity Project Director, WestED
- Alan Maguire, President and Prinicipal Economist, The Maguire Company
President Cheng has set a bold vision of excellence for Northern Arizona University through student-centered teaching, a robust research environment, an extensive global engagement program, and inclusive support services focused on student success and graduation. She also is guiding an expansion of community partnerships focused on strengthening economic and cultural vitality in the region. President Cheng’s vision and direction has resulted in a 60 percent increase of NAU’s education abroad program, increases in the enrollment of international students, and is moving NAU closer to becoming the leading university serving Native Americans.
Prior to forming The Maguire Company, Mr. Maguire was a senior investment banker with a regional securities firm. During his tenure, he was the leading financial advisor in the state of Arizona. In the 1980s, Mr. Maguire was the Chief Deputy in the Office of the State Treasurer. And prior to that he served as the Economic Advisor to the Arizona State Senate, where he was involved in all legislation with either a direct or indirect impact on the municipal fiscal structure of state and local government in Arizona. Mr. Maguire was directly involved in helping to create: the 1980 Property Tax and School Finance reforms; the 1981 Highway User Revenue Fund revisions; the recodification of the Arizona Income Tax code; the State Constitutional Expenditure Limit and numerous other legislative reforms. Mr. Maguire has served as an advisor to several Arizona Governors, Arizona Senate Presidents, and Arizona House Speakers. In addition, he has served on numerous special legislative study committees and provides frequent expert testimony to legislative policy committees.
Ruth Owens-West’s areas of expertise include school and district improvement, high school redesign, multicultural education, organizational development, parent and community engagement in education, and program evaluation. Throughout her professional career, Owens-West has worked with various federal education programs, including Title I, Neglected and Delinquent, Indian Education, Smaller Learning Communities, and the Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration programs. Owens-West helps districts to correct disproportionality in special education, address equity issues to close achievement gaps, and develop and follow effective implementation plans. She also works with state departments of education to develop policies and programs to address issues such as chronic absenteeism and improving outcomes for underserved and under-represented students.
And more to be announced soon!