Policymakers, analysts, and Education Week journalists examine how the elections will affect public education policy from the White House and Congress down to the state and local levels, even as educators scramble to get ready for the Every Student Succeeds Act to take full effect.

This event at the George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium in Washington, D.C., presented by Education Week in partnership with the university’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development, will feature incisive analysis and one-on-one discussions with policymakers and high-profile speakers on the path forward for K-12 policy in the wake of the 2016 elections.


Dec. 1, 2016
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st St. N.W.
Washington, D.C.
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  • 1 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. | Event Registration and Check-in
  • 1:20 to 1:30 p.m. | Welcome and Introductions
    Michael Feuer, Dean, the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development, and
    Michele Givens, President and CEO, Editorial Projects in Education.
  • 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. | The Pulse of the Electorate with Lara Brown
    Moderated by Education Week Correspondent Lisa Stark
    Using a wide, national lens informed by up-to-date data, Lara Brown, Interim Director and Associate Professor of The Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, identifies what was on voters’ minds this year, with a particular focus on equity and domestic issues.
  • 2:00 to 2:30 p.m. | At the Helm: Who’s Calling the Shots on Education Policy?
    Moderated by Education Week Correspondent Kavitha Cardoza
    Education Week government and politics reporters discuss who now has their hands on the wheel of K-12 policy and where they’re likely to steer implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act and other key issues.
    - Daarel Burnette II, staff writer, Education Week
    - Alyson Klein, assistant editor, Education Week
    - Andrew Ujifusa, assistant editor, Education Week
  • 2:30 to 3:00 p.m. | Advocates’ Crystal Ball
    Moderated by Andrew Ujifusa
    Leaders of advocacy groups representing key education stakeholders on the national scene outline how their priorities are affected by the new landscape in Washington and the states.
    Speakers include:
    - Liz King, Director of Education Policy, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
    - Carissa Miller, Deputy Executive Director, CCSSO
    - Sasha Pudelski, Assistant Director, Policy & Advocacy, AASA, The School Superintendents Association
  • 3:00 to 3:20 p.m. | Break
  • 3:20 to 3:30 p.m. | ESSA and More: What’s Next for Pre-K-12
    Mark Bomster, Government and Politics Editor, Education Week.
  • 3:30 to 4:00 p.m. | View From the Bridge: Elected Leaders Weigh In
    Moderated by Maria Voles Ferguson, Executive Director, Center on Education Policy.
    Current elected state and federal elected officials share their views on the shifting education policy landscape, questions they have about the new administration, and how the new dynamic will play out as ESSA becomes a reality next year.
    Speakers include:
    - Brenda Cassellius, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Education
  • 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. | Capstone Keynote: Author and Journalist James Fallows, National Correspondent, The Atlantic
    “Beyond the Elections: Politics, Policy, and Education”
    Education Week broadcast journalist Kavitha Cardoza talks with James Fallows and Michael Feuer about the political and social challenges in store for education policy in the wake of this year's contentious elections.

Keynote Speakers

Lara M. Brown
Interim Director and Associate Professor, The Graduate School of Political Management
George Washington University

Brown is the author of Jockeying for the American Presidency: The Political Opportunism of Aspirants, the first quantitative analysis of presidential hopefuls from 1796 to 2008. She has published research in edited volumes on politics and peer-review political science journals, such as American Politics Research and Presidential Studies Quarterly. She is a frequent contributor to the opinion blog Thomas Jefferson Street, which is hosted by U.S. News & World Report. A regular media presence serving as an expert on politics, elections, and governance, Brown has appeared on Al Jazeera English, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, among many other outlets.

James Fallows
National Correspondent
The Atlantic

Fallows has worked for The Atlantic for more than 25 years. He has written for the magazine on a wide range of topics, including national security policy, American politics, the development and impact of technology, economic trends and patterns, and U.S. relations with the Middle East, Asia, and other parts of the world.

Fallows was president of Harvard University's newspaper The Crimson. He has been an editor of The Washington Monthly and of Texas Monthly, and from 1977 to 1979 he served as President Jimmy Carter's chief speechwriter. His first book, National Defense, won the American Book Award in 1981; he has written seven others. He has worked as a software designer at Microsoft and from 1996 to 1998 he was the editor of U.S. News & World Report.

In the five years after the 9/11 attacks, Fallows was based in Washington and wrote a number of articles about the evolution of U.S. policies for dealing with terrorism and about the war in Iraq. One of these articles, "The Fifty First State?," won the National Magazine Award, and another, "Why Iraq has no Army," was a finalist.


Mark W. Bomster
Government & Politics Editor
Education Week

Bomster edits Education Week's Government & Politics section, overseeing coverage of federal and state education policy, along with early-childhood education, special education, and school law.

Daarel Burnette II
Staff Writer
Education Week

Blog: State Edwatch

Daarel Burnette II is a staff writer for Education Week, covering education policy at the state level. He is the author of the blog State EdWatch.

Kavitha Cardoza
Education Week Video

Kavitha Cardoza reports on pre-K, K-12, and higher education issues for edweek.org and the PBS NewsHour.

Brenda Cassellius
Minnesota Department of Education

Since her appointment as Commissioner of Education in 2010, Cassellius has endeavored to enact comprehensive education reform that will benefit every child throughout Minnesota. Under her leadership, the Minnesota Department of Education implemented a better, fairer, more accurate and supportive accountability system for schools. A respected educator throughout her profession and across partisan lines, Commissioner Cassellius was critical in passing new alternative licensure, principal and teacher evaluation laws, as well as increased funding for PK-12 education, legislation ensuring a sharp, statewide focus on every child reading well by 3rd grade, and expanded access to quality early childhood education. She is a tireless advocate for equity in education, driven by a personal conviction that every single child throughout Minnesota has the opportunity to succeed.

Maria Voles Ferguson
Executive Director
Center on Education Policy

Maria Voles Ferguson is the Executive Director of the Center on Education Policy (CEP) at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., an independent nonprofit organization that studies and reports on the education policy and practice. Ferguson oversees all of the Center’s operations, outreach and research, and acts as chief fundraiser and spokesperson.

Before coming to the CEP, Ferguson served as the Vice President for Policy at the Alliance for Excellent Education, a nonprofit policy and advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. Before joining the Alliance, she served as Director of the National School Boards Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works in conjunction with the National School Boards Association to strengthen and support school board leadership in local communities. She served for three years as the Director of Field Operations for New American Schools. She was also a political appointee for the Clinton administration at the U.S. Department of Education, serving as the Director of Communication and Outreach Services for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Ferguson began her career as a journalist, working for Cox Newspapers, the Associated Press, and U.S. News & World Report magazine.

Michael Feuer
The George Washington University's Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Feuer is Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, and Professor of Education Policy at the George Washington University, and President of the National Academy of Education. In 2014 President Obama appointed Feuer to the National Board of Education Sciences.

Alyson Klein
Assistant Editor
Education Week

Blog: Politics K-12

Klein is Education Week's lead federal policy reporter with primary responsibility for the U.S. Department of Education, the White House, and other executive agencies.

Liz King
Director of Education Policy
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund @civilrightsorg

King currently serves as Director of Education Policy for The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights—a coalition of more than 200 national organizations working to promote and protect the civil and human rights of everyone in the United States—and The Leadership Conference Education Fund. She leads the organizations’ policy work around educational equity for all students. In 2015 she helped direct civil rights advocacy on the Every Student Succeeds Act, and served as a negotiator on behalf of the civil rights community during the ESSA negotiated rulemaking process.

Prior to her current role, King served as a Senior Policy Associate for Education at the Children’s Defense Fund, and before that was legislative assistant and legislative director for U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., where she was primarily responsible for education and health policy. King began her education career as a middle school teacher.

Carissa Moffat Miller
Deputy Executive Director
Council of Chief State Officers (CCSSO)

Miller previously served as Deputy Superintendent of the 21st Century Classroom Division at the Idaho State Department of Education, overseeing all assessment, accountability, content and school choice programs. From 2003–2005, she worked for the Idaho State Board of Education, overseeing assessment and accountability during the initial deployment of statewide online testing. Miller has served in numerous leadership positions, including co-chair of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Executive Committee and chair of the Education Information Management Advisory Consortium. Miller holds a doctorate in education with an emphasis in quantitative research from the University of Idaho.

Sasha Pudelski
Assistant Director, Policy & Advocacy
AASA, The School Superintendents Association

Pudelski joined the AASA Public Policy staff in 2010. As part of the advocacy team, she helps represent AASA's advocacy priorities on Capitol Hill, including special education, career and technical education, education in rural schools, school safety and climate policy, and issues affecting English Language Learners and foster and homeless students. Pudelski monitors, evaluates and influences the legislative and regulatory actions of the federal government and serves as a resource to AASA members regarding legislative matters. Prior to joining AASA, Pudelski was the legislative director for the Secular Coalition for America and a writer and researcher at Congressional Quarterly.

Lisa Stark
Education Week

Stark reports on pre-K, K-12, and higher education issues for edweek.org and the PBS NewsHour.

Andrew Ujifusa
Assistant Editor
Education Week

Blog: Politics K-12

Ujifusa is Education Week’s lead congressional reporter. His coverage also includes the U.S. Department of Education, other federal agencies, and federal education policy.

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