How Can We Get Better K-12 Teachers?

By Jason Matthews

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

January 15, 2013 at 8:30 AM until 2:00 PM

Location: Hampton Inn at 8021 Arco Corporate Drive, Raleigh, NC 27617

Phone: (919) 828-1400



Event Description

Exploring Innovative Ways to Improve NC Teacher Quality and Education Programs; National and State-Wide Experts Featured

RALEIGH, NC – The public is invited to attend an education policy forum and luncheon on Tuesday, January, 15, 2013. The forum brings together experts from across the state and the nation to explore innovative ways to improve North Carolina’s teacher quality and education programs.

Hosted by the Raleigh-based John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, the forum will take place at the Hampton Inn at 8021 Arco Corporate Drive from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM.

“Everyone agrees that North Carolina’s teachers should be fully equipped with everything they need to effectively lead their classrooms,” said Pope Center's George Leef, who will direct the forum. “Our event will explore some innovative practices and policy changes that, if implemented, could improve teacher quality.”

University of Arkansas Professor Sandra Stotsky, a leading advocate of standards-based reform, will speak on “Why We Need to Raise the Bar for Entry to Education Schools” during the forum luncheon. Also speaking will be Arthur McKee of the National Council on Teacher Quality, an organization which is conducting a nationwide review of education schools in conjunction with U.S. News and World Report. Experts from Michigan’s Hillsdale College, Intercollegiate Studies Institute and Oklahoma Council on Business also will make presentations.

General Assembly Representative Hugh Blackwell and Bob Luddy, President of CaptiveAire Systems, will offer opening remarks. Also speaking will be Andrew Lakis of Teach for America of North Carolina; Professor Martin Kozloff of UNC-Wilimington; Denise Kent, Head Administrator at Wake Forest’s Franklin Academy, a successful NC charter school; and Dr. Terry Stoops, Director of Education Studies for the John Locke Foundation.

To attend the forum, rsvp online at The cost to participate is $20, which includes the continental breakfast and lunch. Media are invited to attend free of charge.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
8:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Hampton Inn at 8021 Arco Corporate Drive, Raleigh, NC 27617

8:30 AM Registration and continental breakfast

9:00 AM Introductory Remarks:
• Rep. Hugh Blackwell, North Carolina General Assembly
• Bob Luddy, founder and president, CaptiveAire Systems

9:20 AM Panel I: Teacher Education Programs and Teacher Quality
• Dr. Terrence Moore, Hillsdale College
• Denise Kent, The Franklin Academy
• Professor Martin Kozloff, UNC-Wilmington
• Andrew Lakis, Teach for America of NC

10:45 AM Panel II: Can We Improve Teacher Quality by Changing Public Policy?
• Terry Stoops, John Locke Foundation
• Arthur McKee, National Council on Teacher Quality
• Phyllis Hudecki, Oklahoma Council on Business
• Richard Brake, Intercollegiate Studies Institute

12:15 PM Lunch: Why We Need to Raise the Bar for Entry to Education Schools
• Professor Sandra Stotsky, University of Arkansas

Public registration form:
*Cost: $20, which includes breakfast and lunch

Media registration only:
Sonia Blumstein at or (205) 620-2087
*Complimentary Attendance with RSVP

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