Keynote Speakers

Friday, April 29: Opening General Session

Pedro Noguera
Distinguished Professor of Education, UCLA
Excellence Through Equity: Principles and Practices
While the movement for standards and accountability has largely succeeded in bringing greater attention to disparities in student achievement, surprisingly little attention has been given to what it takes to create conditions in schools that will make achievement for all students more likely. Missing from much of the policy debate related to achievement is how to place equity at the center of education reform, and how to support and cultivate effective teaching in schools.  This presentation will describe principles and practices that have proven effective in meeting the needs of a wide variety of learners. It will also explore how schools can develop effective partnerships with parents and community groups to further efforts to raise achievement.

Saturday, April 30: General Session Lunch

Cable Green
Director, Global Learning at Creative Commons

The Learning, Business and Moral Case for Open Educational Resources and Open Policies
The Internet, increasingly affordable computing and bandwidth, open licensing, open access journals and open educational resources (OER) provide the foundation for a world in which a higher education can be a basic human right. Governments and foundations are supporting this shift with a move to open policies: requiring public access to publicly (and foundation) funded resources. Cable Green, Director of Global Learning at Creative Commons, will provide an overview of open licensing and OER, and discuss specific examples where institution, provinces / states, nations and foundations have moved the default on funding from "closed" to "open." He will also explore new OER projects that are pushing open education further into the mainstream.


Sunday, May 1: Closing Session

Sasha Abramsky
Freelance Journalist, Author,   UC Davis Senior Fellow
The American Way of Poverty
Sasha Abramsky will talk about how and why poverty exists on the scale that it does in modern-day America; what the political and economic implications of both growing inequality and growing economic insecurity are; and how this plays out in a multitude of arena, from housing markets to campuses. He will be talking about systemic, big-picture solutions to many of the causes and consequences of this poverty epidemic – including reforms in how we finance our higher education systems. And he will be exploring both the moral and the pragmatic imperatives for action: those imperatives ranging from the simple ethical critique of growing wealth gaps through the politically pragmatic critique that unless we act against poverty and economic insecurity our political system will increasingly fall prey to demagogues offering easy, but illusory, fixes.

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