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Education Writers’ Association Symposium on the Common Core State Standards

Author(s): Center on Education Policy
Published: November 14, 2013

On November 4, 2013, the Center on Education Policy at the George Washington University hosted the Education Writers’ Association symposium on the Common Core State Standards. This day-long event brought education writers and reporters from across the country to the GW campus to talk about the most pressing policy, practice, and research concerns related to implementation of the Common Core and the next generation assessments. A series of panel discussions featured some of the leading thinkers in education including CEP’s Maria Ferguson and Diane Stark Rentner, Randi Weingarten (AFT), Marc Tucker (NECC), former Michigan Gov. John Engler, and author Amanda Ripley. For more information, visit EWA’s website:


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Waiver Watch Panel Discussion

Author(s): Center on Education Policy
Published: March 14, 2013

On March 4th, 2013 the Center on Education Policy (CEP) at the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development released States' Perspectives on Waivers: Relief from NCLB, Concern about Long-term Solutionsa state survey report offering insight on states' early experiences with No Child Left Behind waivers.

On March 14, 2013 CEP held an event to discuss the findings of this report by key thought leaders and representatives from the U.S. Department of Education and Capitol Hill. The first panel addressed the impact of the waivers on student learning, teacher evaluation, Common Core State Standards, and other critical policy decisions.  The second panel debated the implications of the waivers on the pending reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  More than 80 attendees from education & policy organizations participated in the event. 

Program and Panelists

Welcoming remarks and moderator: Maria Ferguson, Executive Director, CEP

Review of findings from CEP Report: Jennifer McMurrer, Senior Research Associate, CEP

Panel I Federal Waivers: State Planning and Impact

  • Peter Zamora, Director of Federal Relations, Council of Chief State School Officers
  • Joan Wodiska, Committee Director, Education and Workforce Committee, National Governors Association
  • Daria Hall, Director of K-12 Policy Development, The Education Trust
  • Michele McNeil, Assistant Editor, Education Week
  • Carmel Martin, Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, U.S. Department of Education

Panel II Federal Waivers and ESEA reauthorization

  • Jamie Fasteau, Senior Education Policy Advisor, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor
  • Bill Knudsen, Education Policy Advisor, Senator Lamar Alexander
  • Michael Gamel-McCormick, Senior K-12 Education Policy Advisor, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Brad Thomas, Senior Education Policy Advisory, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce

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