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Madison – Governor Scott Walker will address attendees of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Program on Education Policy and Governance in Cambridge, MA on Thursday.  The conference is entitled Learning from Improving School Systems at Home and Abroad: International and U.S. State Trends in Student Performance.

The two-day conference, beginning on July 26 on the campus of the Harvard Kennedy School, Taubman building, 5th floor, focuses on international and U.S. state trends in student performance.  Discussion topics include: new research on school system improvement, across U.S. states and nations; holding schools and students accountable; curricular standards and educational performance; school reform in Central Europe; teacher quality and effectiveness; school choice; and local control.

The entire conference will be streamed live on the internet including Governor Walker’s address.  Governor Walker speaks on Thursday, July 26 at Noon eastern/11:00 a.m. central time.  Information on accessing the live video streaming can be found at

Governor Walker will speak about the Wisconsin reforms he put in place, which empower local school districts to make the best decisions for their students, while effectively managing their budgets.

Key conference speakers include:

  • Michael Barber – Chief Education Advisor, Pearson PLC
  • Barbara Bruns – Lead Education Economist, Latin America and Caribbean Region, World Bank
  • Nancy Grasmick – Former Maryland State Superintendent of Schools
  • Eric Hanushek – Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
  • Roberts Kilis – Minister of Education and Science, Latvia
  • Maureen McLaughlin, Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Director of International Affairs, U.S. Department of Education
  • Andreas Schleicher – Special Advisor on Education Policy, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's Secretary-General; Deputy Director, Directorate for Education
  • Jon Schnur – Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, America Achieves; Co-Founder, New
  • Leaders for New Schools 
  • Cecilia Maria Velez – Former Minister of Education, Colombia

Other conference participants include Felipe Barrera-Osorio, Harvard Graduate School of Education; John Bishop – Associate Professor, Cornell University; Thomas Dee – Professor, University of Virginia; Jörg Dräger – former Minister of Education and Research, Federal State of Hamburg, Germany; David Driscoll – former Commissioner of Education, Massachusetts; Michael Fullan – Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto; Special Advisor to the Premier, Ontario; Charles Glenn, Boston University; Joshua Goodman – Assistant Professor, Harvard Kennedy School; Stephen Machin – Professor, University College London; Deborah McGriff, Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund; Terry K. Peterson – former Chief Education Executive to Governor Richard Riley, South Carolina; Fernando Reimers, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Steven Rivkin – Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago; Andy Smarick – Deputy Commissioner, Department of Education, New Jersey; Martin West, Harvard Graduate School of Education; John Winn – former Commissioner of Education, Florida; Jerzy Wisniewski –former Director General, Ministry of Education, Poland.

About the program: Established in 1996, under the direction of Paul E. Peterson, the Program of Education Policy and Governance (PEPG) at Harvard University has rapidly distinguished itself as a significant player within the educational reform movement.  Through the support of its institutional sponsors—the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at the Kennedy School of Government and the Department of Government in Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences—PEPG continues to fulfill its core missions to provide high-level scientific training for young scholars who can make independent contributions to scholarly research, foster a national community of reform-minded scientific researchers, and produce path-breaking studies that provide a scientific basis for school reform policy.