Lucille Davy, Senior Advisor
James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy

Moderator for Session II

Lucille E. Davy is a Senior Advisor for the James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Education Leadership and Policy and is currently focusing on the Common Core State Standards Initiative. From 2005 until January 2010, she was Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education, during which time she worked collaboratively with the state’s K-12 stakeholders, higher education and business community to implement innovative programs and reforms. Under her leadership, the department focused on early literacy and mathematics programs which resulted in narrowing of the achievement gap as measured by NAEP, expanded high quality early childhood education programs, crafted a student weight-based school funding formula, revised high school graduation requirements and core curriculum standards, raised expectations for performance on statewide assessments, implemented standards for pre-service teacher preparation programs, expanded the number of charter schools, and created school-based professional learning communities and teacher leadership models. Prior to that, she served as Special Counsel to the Governor for Education Policy.
Davy has an undergraduate degree in mathematics and holds a juris doctorate from the University of Notre Dame Law School. She is also a certified math teacher and has taught mathematics at the secondary and collegiate levels.


Aimee Rogstad Guidera, Executive Director
Data Quality Campaign

Roundtable Facilitator, Data Systems that Support Student Achievment

Aimee Rogstad Guidera is Executive Director of the Data Quality Campaign. She manages a growing partnership among national organizations collaborating to improve the quality, accessibility and use of education data to improve student achievement. Working with 10 Founding Partners, Aimee launched the DQC in 2005 with the goal of every state having a robust longitudinal data system in place by 2009. The Campaign is now in the midst of its second phase focusing on State Actions to ensure effective data use.
Aimee opened the Washington, D.C. office of the National Center for Educational Accountability in 2003. During her eight previous years in various roles at the National Alliance of Business, Aimee supported the corporate community's efforts to increase achievement at all levels of learning. As NAB Vice President of Programs, she managed the Business Coalition Network, comprised of over 1,000 business led coalitions focused on improving education in communities across the country. Prior to joining the Alliance, Aimee focused on school readiness, academic standards, education goals and accountability systems while in the Center for Best Practices at the National Governors Association. She taught for the Japanese Ministry of Education in five Hiroshima high schools where she interviewed educators and studied the Japanese education system immediately after receiving her AB from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs. Aimee also holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.


Dr. Terry Holliday, Commissioner of Education
State of Kentucky

Panelist for Session II: High Expectations for Every Student

Terry Holliday, Ph.D., was selected as Kentucky’s fifth commissioner of education in July 2009. Holliday served as superintendent of the more than 20,000-student Iredell-Statesville (North Carolina) school district from 2002 until 2009. During his tenure, he has received recognition in a variety of areas, including being named 2009 North Carolina Superintendent of the Year; receiving the 2009 Grayson Medal for Innovation in Quality from the American Productivity Quality Council; and being named the 2008 North Carolina Music Educators Association Superintendent of the Year.

Under his leadership, the Iredell-Statesville school district received the 2008 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which was created by an act of Congress in 1987 to recognize companies, organizations, businesses and other entities that have shown long-term improvement in quality and productivity.

Holliday’s previous experience includes: superintendent of the Transylvania County school system in Brevard, North Carolina; associate superintendent and director of accountability for Rock Hill School District 3 in York County, South Carolina; principal, assistant principal and director of instrumental music for Fort Mill High School in Fort Mill, South Carolina; and band director at Northside Junior High, Parker High and Gaffney High in South Carolina.

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, The University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Keynote Speaker: Preaparing Today's Students for Tomorrow's Workforce

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, is President of the University of Maryland - Baltimore County (UMBC) and a national expert on higher education. Dr. Hrabowski has served as President of UMBC since May 1992.  In 2008, he was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report, which in both 2009 and 2010 ranked UMBC the #1 “Up and Coming” university in the nation and among the top colleges and universities for commitment to undergraduate teaching.  In 2009, Time magazine named Hrabowski one of America’s 10 Best College Presidents.   At the SLLF Summit, he will share his tried and true methods for creating a learning environment that encourages all students to excel.  

James H. Johnson
Kenan Jr. Distinguised Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Panelist for Session I: Preparing Today's Students for Tomorrow's Workforce

James H. Johnson Jr. is the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of strategy and entrepreneurship and director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests include community and economic development, the effects of demographic changes on the U.S. workplace, interethnic minority conflict in advanced industrial societies, urban poverty and public policy in urban America, and workforce diversity issues.
Dr. Johnson examines the causes and consequences of growing inequality in American society, particularly as it affects socially and economically disadvantaged youth; entrepreneurial approaches to poverty alleviation, job creation, and community development; interethnic minority conflict in advanced industrial societies; and business demography and workforce diversity issues. Fast Company profiled him in "Hopes and Dreams."

He has published more than 100 scholarly research articles and three research monographs and has co-edited four theme issues of scholarly journals on these and related topics. His latest book is "Prismatic Metropolis: Inequality in Los Angeles".


James A. Kadamus
Senior Director of Program and Policy
Community Training and Assistance Center

Panelist for Session III: Effective Teachers, Effective Schools

James A. Kadamus is the Senior Director of Program and Policy, Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC) is responsible for key CTAC education initiatives relating to performance-based compensation, teacher evaluation, state-to- school district collaboration and school turnaround. For the last five years, Mr. Kadamus has served as Vice President and Partner at Sightlines LLC, an education management consulting firm working with higher education and K-12 institutions. From 1994-2005, Mr. Kadamus served as Deputy Commissioner, Office of Elementary, Middle, Secondary and Continuing Education, at the New York State Department of Education, Albany, NY. In that capacity, he implemented standards-based preK-12 reform in New York’s school districts serving 3.1 million students, resulting in higher levels of student achievement. He also oversaw the development of New York’s school finance program and managed the $18 billion school aid program. Before his service as Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Kadamus served as Associate Commissioner, Office of Finance, Management and Information Services; Assistant Commissioner, Office of Higher and Continuing Education; Assistant Commissioner, Office of Elementary, Secondary and Continuing Education; and Chief, Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision-all at the New York State Education Department.



Tom Kane
Deputy Director for Research and Data
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Panelist for Session III: Effective Teachers, Effective Schools

Thomas Kane is Deputy Director for Research and Data within the College Ready team at the Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation as well as Professor of Education and Economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research has had an impact on a range of education policies affecting both the K-12 and postsecondary sectors, including the design of school accountability systems, charter school laws, teacher recruitment and retention, financial aid for college, college admissions and community colleges. From 1991 through 2000, he was an assistant and associate professor of public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. From 1995 to 1996, Kane was on leave from Harvard, serving as a senior economist within President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers. Kane has also been a professor of public policy at UCLA and has held visiting fellowships at the Brookings Institution in Washington and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.


Dr. Mark Milliron, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Keynote Speaker for Session IV: Learning in the Digital Age (pdf)

Dr. Mark David Milliron serves as the Deputy Director for Postsecondary Improvement with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, leading efforts to increase student success in the US postsecondary education sector. He is an award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant well known for exploring leadership development, future trends, learning strategies, and the human side of technology change. Mark works with universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, corporations, associations, and government agencies across the country and around the world. In addition, he serves on numerous other corporate, nonprofit, and education boards and advisory groups; guest lectures for educational institutions nationally and internationally; and authors and moderates the Catalytic Conversations Blog

Gavin Payne
Senior Advisor
James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy

Moderator for Session V: Harnessing Technology for Today's Students

After more than two decades serving the people of California, most recently as the Chief Deputy State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Gavin Payne has established a consultancy practice serving major national foundations, institutes and professional organizations on education policy matters; including state agency and school district improvement, college and career ready standards implementation, assessment development, charter school advancement, and organizational transformation.


Dr. Nicole Smith, Georgetown University

Panelist for Session I: Preparing Today's Students for Tomorrow's Workforce (pdf)

Nicole Smith is a Senior Economist at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce where she leads the Center's econometric and methodological work. Dr. Smith is currently developing a framework for restructuring long-term occupational and educational projections. She is part of a team of economists working on a project that maps, projects, and monitors human capital development and career pathways. The project will result in supply and demand estimates by occupation and industry clusters that present a comprehensive analysis of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for 21st century competencies.

Patrick Smith
Acting Commissioner of Education
Tennessee Department of Education

Panelist for Session III: Effective Teachers, Effective Schools

Patrick Smith was appointed in January by Governor Bill Haslam to serve as Acting Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Education. Prior to that time, he served in the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Policy as the Executive Director of the First to the Top Oversight team.
An attorney, Smith’s career includes time as legal consultant with the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service and as Legal Counsel with the Tennessee State Board of Education and the Tennessee School Boards Association. In 2003, he moved from the government relations division of the Tennessee Education Association to join the administration of former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. During his time with the Bredesen administration’s policy and legislative offices, Patrick helped develop policy, draft legislation, and spearheaded legislative advocacy efforts on projects such as Tennessee’s nationally recognized pre-kindergarten program, K-12 education funding formula reform, and legislation addressing Tennessee Supreme Court decisions related to teacher pay equity.
Patrick holds a B.S. degree in political science/public administration from Middle Tennessee State University and is a graduate of the Nashville School of Law. He lives in his hometown of Ashland City, Tennessee.


David Stevenson, Wireness Generation (of News Corporation)

Panelist for Session V: Harnessing Technology for Today's Students

David Stevenson is responsible for public policy and advocacy activities at Wireless Generation. He is also responsible for developing and sustaining partnerships with publishers, universities, and other K-12 organizations.

At Wireless Generation, Stevenson personally led the software teams that developed the mobile versions of the TPRI, Tejas LEE, and CIRCLE assessments. He then managed the product development group, overseeing the mCLASS assessment suite. He has developed relationships with the University of Texas, the University of Chicago, and major publishers including Pearson, Harcourt, and McGraw-Hill. He works closely with state leaders to advance student achievement via innovative applications of technology.
Prior to joining Wireless Generation, Stevenson worked in the Internet Group at Scholastic, where he developed on-line support, planning, and communication tools for teachers and led e-commerce development projects. Previously, he worked as a technology director and coordinator in schools in New York City and Paris, France. He holds an A.B. from Brown University.


Tom Vander Ark, Learn Capital

Closing Remarks: The Future of Education: The Power of Digital Learning

Tom Vander Ark is closely involved in Digital Learning Now!, an initiative created by former governors Jeb Bush and Bob Wise to integrate technological innovation in public education. He is a partner in Learn Capital, a private equity investor concentrating on improving formal and informal learning globally. He is also a partner in Vander Ark/Ratcliff, a public affairs firm advocating for innovation and entrepreneurship in education. He blogs at

Vander Ark previously served as President of the X PRIZE Foundation, which creates and manages prizes that drive innovators to solve some of the greatest challenges facing the world. He also served for seven years as Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he developed and implemented more than $3.5 billion in scholarship and grant programs to improve education throughout the United States. Prior to his role with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Vander Ark was the first business executive to serve as a public school superintendent.


Richard J. Wenning
Associate Commissioner of Education
Colorado Department of Education

Panelist for Session V: Harnessing Technology for Today's Students

Richard J. Wenning serves as Associate Commissioner at the Colorado Department of Education, where he leads CDE’s Office of Performance and Policy. His responsibilities include public policy development and the design and implementation of Colorado’s educational accountability system, including SchoolView and the Colorado Growth Model. Before joining CDE, Mr. Wenning was Vice President for Quality & Accountability at the Colorado League of Charter Schools. Mr. Wenning also served as an Executive on Loan to the Superintendent of Denver Public Schools, where he focused on strengthening the district’s performance management practices and led the development of the district's School Performance Framework.
Prior to moving to Colorado from Washington, DC, Mr. Wenning was President of the Education Performance Network, an affiliate of New American Schools, where he led a consulting practice focused on educational accountability systems and new school development. Mr. Wenning also served as Senior Policy Advisor to the CEO of the D.C. Public Schools during the school district’s takeover by the congressionally appointed D.C. Control Board. While at DCPS, he headed its offices of intergovernmental affairs and educational accountability and was responsible for implementation of charter school legislation enacted by Congress.


Amy Wilkins
Vice President for Government Affairs and Communications
The Education Trust

Panelist for Session II: High Expectations for Every Student

Amy Wilkins serves as Vice President for Government Affairs and Communications at The Education Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to closing gaps in opportunity and achievement for students of color and those from low-income families. Wilkins is an experienced political and community organizer with a special skill in media communications. She oversees the Trust’s media, data, government affairs and coalition work. She has sharpened her skills in advocacy over years of successful work for the Children’s Defense Fund, the Democratic National Committee, the Peace Corps, and the White House Office of Media Affairs, among others.


Julie Young
President and CEO
The Florida Virtual School

Panelist for Session V: Harnessing Technology for Today's Students

In 1997, Julie Young pioneered the launch of Florida Virtual School with the goal of providing high quality, online courses to students throughout the State of Florida. That vision has resulted in Florida Virtual School becoming the largest provider of Internet-based courseware and instruction for K–12 students in Florida and around the globe.

Young began her career as a classroom teacher and has since served as an administrator and leading e-Learning expert and advocate. Today, as the president and chief executive officer of Florida Virtual School, she directs the work of more than 1200 faculty and administrators, courseware developers, web design specialists and technology support personnel.

Young is the Chairman of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) and serves on the boards of the International Association for K12 Online Learning and the Florida Learning Alliance. She is a member of the Southern Regional Education Board’s Distance Learning Task Force, the Florida Taxwatch Center for Educational Performance and Accountability, and the UT TeleCampus National Advisory Board. Ms. Young was recognized by Technology & Learning Magazine as one of the Top 30 influencers in Ed Tech, along with Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.