Reflecting on Sputnik:  Linking the Past, Present, and Future of Educational Reform
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The symposium, Reflecting on Sputnik: Linking the Past, Present, and Future of Educational Reform was held on Saturday, October 4, 1997 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC.

 

Agenda

Welcome and Overview

Kenneth Shine, President, Institute of Medicine

Plenary Session I: From Sputnik to Mars: The Scientific and Technological Context

George Nelson, Former Astronaut

Lessons from the Sputnik Era

Speakers were asked to reflect on their experiences in educational reform during the Sputnik era and in the past 40 highlights; to highlight important lessons learned that are applicable to today's reform effort; and to consider the motivations and inspirations that sustained their professional involvement through the era of reform.

Introduction: Rodger Bybee

Speakers:
F James Rutherford** (Science)
Jeremy Kilpatrick** (Mathematics)
Tom Liao** (Engineering)

Breakout Sessions: Applying Historic Lessons to Current Educational Reform

Breakout sessions provided an opportunity for participants to discuss the issues raised in the plenary session and consider their application to current educational reform efforts. Session chairs shared their views on lesson learned and moderate the discussion among participants. The objectives for the breakout sessions were to develop a list of lessons learned and a set of examples of how to apply the lessons to current reform efforts.

Science
Session Chairs: Peter Dow** and Myron Atkin**
Mathematics
Session Chairs: Glenda Lappan** and Jim Gates
Technology
Session Chairs: Tom Liao** and William Salmon

Plenary Session II: Building Leadership to Sustain Educational Reform

In this plenary session participants considered the challenges and possibilities of the future, particularly in terms of building leadership capacity to sustain educational reform over time. An overview was provided followed by two perspectives on building leadership to sustain reform. Panel members were asked to provide responses based on their perspectives on science, mathematics, and engineering education.

Overview: Bruce Alberts, President, National Academy of Sciences

Speakers: John Goodlad** and Marye Anne Fox**

Panel Respondents: Denice Denton, John Dossey, Maria Lopez-Freeman, Linda Rosen, Kendall Starkweather, Gerry Wheeler

Breakout Sessions: Building Leadership to Sustain Educational Reform

Breakout sessions provided an opportunity for participants to discuss the issues raised in the plenary session and consider the implications for current educational reform efforts. Session chairs shared their views on building leadership capacity in specific areas as well as moderate the discussion among participants. The objective for the breakout sessions was to develop a list of priorities to advance leadership development in education.

Teacher Preparation
Session Chairs: Jane Butler Kahle and Joan Ferrini-Mundy
Curriculum
Session Chairs: Margaret Cozzens and Harold Pratt
Assessment
Session Chairs: Elizabeth Stage and Michael Feuer
Professional Development
Session Chairs: Barbara Nelson and Susan Loucks-Horsley
Systemic Reform and Policy Formation
Session Chairs: Daryl Chubin and Rodger Bybee

Wrap-up Session

Speakers: Rodger Bybee** and Joan Ferrini-Mundy

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