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Increasing Economic Opportunity and Civic Engagement by Educating Students to Succeed in a Changing World


Friday, Oct. 21, 2-6 p.m.

Much attention has been placed on academic standards, state assessments, teacher training and effective leadership in schools.  All are vital to preparing students for college and careers.  However, U.S. students must be prepared to compete in a world that is changing dramatically from what was the norm just a few decades ago.  Students must have the skills and knowledge necessary for success including critical thinking, problem solving, effective communication, collaboration and learning how to learn.  Join us for this discussion on the critical concepts to ensure deeper learning for every student and how decision makers can promote policies and strategies that create incentives for schools to focus on student academic growth. 






Dr. David T. Conley
Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership, University of Oregon
Founder and Director, The Center for Educational Policy Research (CEPR)
Founder and CEO, Educational Policy Improvement Center


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Dr. David T. Conley
Dr. Conley is professor of Educational Policy and Leadership in the College of Education at the University of Oregon. He is the founder and director of the Center for Educational Policy Research (CEPR) at the University of Oregon, and founder and chief executive officer of the Educational Policy Improvement Center, a not-for-profit educational research organization. Dr. Conley serves on numerous technical and advisory panels, consults with educational agencies nationally and internationally, and is a frequent speaker and national and regional meetings of education professionals and policymakers.


In 2003, Dr. Conley completed Standards for Success, a groundbreaking three-year research project to identify the knowledge and skills necessary for college readiness. The project analzyed course content at a range of American research universities to develop the Knowledge and Skills for University Success standards. In 2005, Dr. Conley published his research from this project in College Knowledge: What It Takes for Students to Succeed and What We Can Do to Get Them Ready.
Since 1996, Dr. Conley has recieved nearly $35 million in grants and contracts from federal and state governments, national education organizations, and foundations to conduct research on a range of educational policy issues. He has published the results of this research and other studies in numerous journal articles, technical reports, conference papers, book chapters, and books, including Who Governs Our Schools?, which analyzes changes in educational policy and governance structures at the federal, state, and local levels, and College Knowledge. Dr. Conley's most recent book, College and Career Ready: Helping All Students Succeed Beyond High School, which features case profiles of America's most college-ready high schools, informs policy-makers, administrators, teachers, parents, and students how they can develop a culture rooted in postsecondary success.
Dr. Conley received a BA with honors in Social Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his master's degree in Social, Multicultural, and Bilingual Foundations of Education and his doctoral degree in Curriculum, Administration, and Supervision at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Before joining the faculty of the University of Oregon in 1989, he spent a total of 20 years in Colorado and California as a school-level and central office administrator in several districts, an executive in a state education department, and as a teacher in two public multicultural alternative schools. Back to Speakers.