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The Common Core and a Whole Lot More: Connecting Education to Economic Development in Your Community

Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center

October 1, 2014

October 1

Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center
1657 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01701
Please park at the hotel, there is no cost to park.

Event Room: Grand Ballroom North

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Breakfast and registration begin at 8:30am with the program starting at 9:00am. The meeting will finish at 12:00pm.

8:30 Registration and Breakfast

9:00 Welcome and Introductions

• Mark Funkhouser, Publisher, Governing

9:20 Understanding College and Career Ready Standards and Assessment
Each of the three presenters will present a different recent survey or study regarding educational attainment in Massachusetts, the workforce requirements for economic development and the role of standards and quality assessments in meeting those requirements.

• Benjamin Forman, Research Director, MassINC
• Timothy J. McGourthy, Executive Director, Worcester Research Bureau
• Linda Noonan, Executive Director Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education

10:10 Strengthening Education Systems as an Economic Development Strategy: What is the Role of Municipal Officials?
Every municipal official is concerned about economic development and the community expects its leaders to pursue a strategy that delivers a decent standard of living. Recognizing that education is key to economic development, how can municipal officials work to strengthen education in their local community and in Massachusetts?

• Lisa Wong, Mayor of Fitchburg and Co-Chair of the Gateway City Initiative on Education
• Michael D. O’Neill, Executive Vice President, Financial Services, 451 Marketing, and Chairman of the Boston Public Schools Committee
• Geoffrey Beckwith, Executive Director, Massachusetts Municipal Association

10:50 More Light, Less Heat: Managing Citizen Engagement Amid Controversy
Sometimes helping a very upset group of constituents understand the facts and each other is one of the hardest parts of being an elected official. Avoiding controversy is certainly not an option since it usually means avoiding important issues and sometimes the more important the issue, the more controversial it is. The key to successfully meeting this challenge is strategic communication.

• Michal Regenburg, Senior Vice President, Solomon McCown
• Shaun Adamec, Director of Strategic Communications, Nellie Mae Education Foundation

11:30 Wrap-Up and Next Steps

12:00 Adjourn


October 1, 2014