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    Name: 2019 ABEC Annual Conference
    Date: October 18, 2019
    Time: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM MST
    Registration: Register Now
    Event Description:
    ABEC 2019 Annual Conference


    Arizona Student Achievement Testing:
    Where Are We Going and Why Are We Going There?


    Should assessments be a tool for measuring student achievement and student growth? 

    Can assessments be a tool to help in closing the achievement gap?
                        ... in promoting student equity? 

    Are we assessing for success?   ....long term success?  ...economic independence?

    Friday, October 18, 2019

    8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

    Desert Willow Conference Center

    4340 E. Cotton Center Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85040

    8:00am Check-in/Registration/Continental Breakfast

    8:30am Welcome

    Dick Foreman, President & CEO, Arizona Business & Education Coalition (ABEC)

    The Future of Work: Will our children be prepared?


    8:45am Closing the Gap: Western Governors and the Future of Workforce Development

    James Ogsbury, Executive Director, Western Governors’ Association

    9:15am Whole Student Approaches and Accountability – the Next Frontier?

    Stephen Murphy, Chief Assessment Officer, Cognia

    9:45am Break

    10:00am What is the Role of Assessments?

    Are Arizona’s Assessments Providing a Continuous Culture of Achievement for Both Students and Educators?

    Panel: John Arnold, Executive Director, Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR)

    Carole G. Basile, Dean, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University (ASU)

    Tim Carter, Superintendent, Yavapai County Education Service Agency (YCESA) and former President, State Board of Education (SBE)

    David S. Clukey, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), U.S. Army Special Forces and former U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion Commander, Phoenix

    Joe Thomas, President, Arizona Education Association (AEA)

    Moderator: James K. Zaharis, Executive Vice President, Arizona Business & Education Coalition (ABEC)

    11:30am Informing Community Discussions About Education in Arizona

    Joe O’Reilly, Director, Decision Center for Educational Excellence, Arizona State University (ASU)

    11:50am What would you like the Decision Center and ABEC to do for you?

    Table discussion

    12:10pm Luncheon

    12:40pm What you don’t know about assessment is killing public education!

    David Berliner, Regents’ Professor Emeritus and former Dean, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, ASU

    1:10pm Understanding Equity: Measuring what Matters

    Rose Owens-West, Director of Equity Projects, WestEd                               

    1:35pm What are assessments/testing supposed to do?

    Are more frequent, high quality assessments an essential part of both student and faculty success that can help us better focus and direct precious resources as well?

    Panel: Toni Badone, Regional Director, Cognia (formerly AdvancED/Measured Progress)

    Karla Fisher, Provost, Maricopa County Community Colleges

    Chad Gestson, Superintendent, Phoenix Union High School District

    Scott Griego, State Solutions Advisor, State and Government Partnerships, NWEA

    Randy Kimmens, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Futures, Inc.

    Manuel Valenzuela, Superintendent, Sahuarita Unified School District

    Moderator: Darcy Renfro, Chief of Staff, Office of the Chancellor, and Director of Workforce and Economic Development, Maricopa County Community Colleges

    2:40pm Stick around! Get your ideas on record for follow-up action! Your table’s 3 most important things from this conference.

    Table discussion

    3:00pm Adjournment

    Desert Willow Conference Center
    4340 E. Cotton Center Blvd

    Phoenix, AZ 85040

    Date/Time Information:
    Friday, October 18, 2019
    8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Check-in opens at 8:00 AM with continental breakfast available!
    Luncheon Buffet at Noon.

    Contact Information:
    Karen Kehlenbach, ABEC Director of Business & Event Services
    ABEC Members  $140 
    Non-Members    $185

    After October 11, 2019:
    Members            $190
    Non-Members   $235    
    Not sure if your organization is a member?  Contact Karen to see if your organization is a member.  

    Group Rates
    Want to bring a group from your organization? Contact Karen in the ABEC offices (by phone @ 602-264-8396 or by email at karen@azbec.org) for group rates.  

    Contact Karen (602-264-8396 or karen@azbec.org) ASAP if you need to substitute for someone unable to make it.

    Cancellation Policy
    Any registrant unable to attend should contact the ABEC offices (Karen by email Karen@azbec.org or by phone 602-264-8396) as soon as possible.  If the cancelation of a paid registration occurs before October 12, the registration fee minus the processing fee of $10 will be refunded within five (5) business days.  If the cancelation of a paid registration occurs after October 11, the registration fee minus a $35.00 cancelation fee will be refunded within ten (10) business days. (NO Refunds for “NO SHOWS”).  Registrations not canceled per these guidelines must be paid in full even if the registrant does not attend the conferenceConference materials, meals and breaks preparations are based on the number of registrants. 
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