State Supt. Janet Barresi to Speak at National Education Reform Summit

Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi, as a member of Chiefs for Change, will take part in a roundtable discussion on Friday, Oct. 14, at the 2011 National Summit on Education Reform: Education Everywhere.

“I’m happy to be a part of this important national conversation on education reform,” Barresi said. “I’m excited to share reforms we’ve enacted in Oklahoma and hear ideas from my national peers.”

Chiefs for Change is a coalition of state school chiefs and leaders working for education reform on the federal, state and local level.
The Chief’s Roundtable will feature discussion of the education reform movement in members’ states and lessons they’ve learned. Other Chiefs for Change members participating are Tony Bennett, Indiana superintendent of public instruction; Stephen Bowen, Maine commissioner of education; Chris Cerf, New Jersey commissioner of education; Paul Pastorek, former Louisiana state superintendent of education; Gerard Robinson, Florida commissioner of education; Hanna Skandera, New Mexico Public Education Department secretary-designate; and Eric Smith, former Florida commissioner of education.

The roundtable discussion will be at 9:15 am (PST), at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, CA.

Go to to view the live webcast schedule for the event's keynote speakers and general sessions and to view the session. The webcast will be available a few minutes before the session begins and will run on Pacific Standard Time.

State Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, is a panelist on “The Third-Grade Graduation Strategy” session at 3:15 p.m. (PST) on Thursday, Oct. 13. The session will focus on policies to put students on a pathway to reading success and on studies that show students who struggle to read by third grade are at greater risk of dropping out of high school.

The National Summit on Education Reform annually convenes the best and brightest from around the world to share strategies with lawmakers and policymakers to improve the quality of education. During the two day summit, participants are immersed in briefings, discussions and debates on the latest research, pilot programs and proven policies for raising student achievement.

The summit’s welcome address will be given by former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush; the keynote speaker on Thursday night is Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Last updated on December 8, 2017