Governor's Conference on Education

Conference Sessions Recap and Resources



Welcoming Remarks by Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen, Cony High School senior Michelle Zhang, and Governor Paul R. LePage. | View the video

Session I  - Multiple Pathways to Success

Panelists Jeanne Allen - President, The Center for Education Reform; Leslie Hiner - Vice President of Programs & State Relations, Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice; and Rene Menard - Head of School, Thornton Academy take a closer look at how we can better prepare students for a brighter future through a wide variety of options. | More information, resources, and video from this session

Motivate Me: A Student's Perspective

Deering High School sophomore Mohamed Nur shares his perspective on motivation to success. | View the video

Session II – Teacher Effectiveness and Quality in the Classroom

A closer look at how we can ensure teacher effectiveness and identify proven practices now assisting educators. The discussion is led by Kate Walsh, President, National Council on Teacher Quality; and Eric Lerum, StudentsFirst. | More information, resources, and video from this session

Session III - The Florida Story

This panel discussion centers on the Florida Formula, a combination of reforms – rigorous academic standards, standardized measurement, data-based accountability, effective teaching, outcome-based funding, school choice – introduced to improve the quality of education for Sunshine State students. Panelists for this session are Dr. Matthew Ladner, Patricia Levesque, and Mike Thomas, all from Excellence in Education. | More information, resources, and video from this session

Keynote Presentation

Dr. Tony Bennett, Florida Commissioner of Education, addresses the need for comprehensive education reform. | View the video