China-U.S. Education Think Tank Dialogue


Thursday, July 7, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, July 9, 2016 (All day)


Beijing Friendship Hotel, Beijing, China

Education Research, Policymaking and Innovation in the Era of Knowledge Economy.

GEII is co-sponsoring this 3 day event with the National Institute of Education Sciences.

Tuesday June 7th:

School visit, conversation with principals, and welcome dinner

Wednesday June 8th:

Opening ceremony with remarks by the following:

Dr. Tian Huiseng, President of NIES

Mr. Marc Tucker, President of the National Center on Education and the Economy

Dr. Hao Ping, Vice-Minister of Education of the People’s Republic of China

Session 1: Education Reform and Development

Chair: Julian Vasquez Heilig, California State University Sacramento

Powerful Pathways: Achieving Equal Education in American Schools, Peter W. Cookson, Director, American Institutes for Research

Several Contributing Factors of Effectiveness to Education Policies, Wang Feng, Director, Structure Reform Research Division, National Education Development Research Center

What instead? Reframing the debate about market-based education reform, Julian Vasquez Heilig, Professor, California State University Sacramento

Keynote Speech: 21st Century Skills and Educational Innovation

Prof. Fernando Reimers, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Prof. Xie Weihe, Tsinghua University

Session 2: Curriculum Reform for the 21st Century

Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century, Dr. Connie Chung, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Curriculum Reform in China in the 21st Century, Prof. Cui Yunhuo, East China Normal University

Cultivating Creativity in American Classrooms, Wendy Murawski, Executive Director of Center for Teaching and Learning, California State University, Northridge

Future School Innovation Initiative, Wang Su, Director, International and Comparative Education Research Center, National Institute of Education Sciences

Session 3: Innovation in Classrooms and Schools

Supercharging the Teaching Profession by Creating Teacher Leaders, Rebecca Lynn Mieliwocki, 62nd National Teacher of the Year, Luther Burbank Middle School, California

A Holistic Approach to School Innovation, Dr. Chen Ruping, Director, Basic Education Research Center, National Institute of Education Sciences

Walking Bridges: Where to Study Liberal Arts and Sciences? Austin X Volz, Program Director, Avenues: The World School

Pattern Study on High-end Innovative Talents Education, Dr. Wu Ni, Director, Education Policy Research Center, National Institute of Education Sciences

Thursday June 9th:                                                

Keynote Speech: US Accountability Reforms: Aiming to Utilize the Benefits of Autonomy to Meet Complex Goals

Susanna Loeb, Director, Stanford Center on Education Policy Research

Keynote Speech: TVET in China: System, Issues and Trend 

Shen Peixuan, President, Shandong Provincial Institute of Education Sciences

Session 4: Higher Education Reform & Employment

Faculty Innovation in Closing the Achievement Gap, Dr. Yi Li, Provost & Vice President, California State University, Northridge

Strategic Reform of University of Applied Sciences and Student Employment in China, Dr. Sun Cheng, Director, Vocational and Technical Education Research Center, National Institute of Education Sciences

Community Colleges: U.S. Secret Weapon in Creating Economic and Human Capital Development, Leon Richards, Chancellor, University of Hawaii Kapiolani Community College

Innovative Entrepreneurship Education: Ningbo Case, Chen Wenhui, Deputy Director General, Ningbo Education Bureau

Session 5: Education Standards and Evaluation

School Evaluation in the USA: What? Why? and How? Gary Miron, Professor, Research Fellow, National Education Policy Center

National Stakeholder Survey on Satisfaction towards Education, Dr. Liu Fang, Director, Education Evaluation Research Center, National Institute of Education Sciences

The Shift in Quality Education and Educator Standards, Nissa Ingraham, Assistant Professor of Northwest MO State University

Program Evaluation for Higher Education Restructuring in China, Dr. Zhang Nanxing, Director Higher Education Research Center, National Institute of Education Sciences 

Keynote Speech: Reform in the Preparation and Professional Development of Teachers in the U.S. 

Eugene Sheehan, Dean of College of Education & Behavioral Sciences, University of Northern Colorado

Keynote Speech: To Be Confirmed

Pang Lijuan, Acting Dean, China Institute of Education Policy, Beijing Normal University

Session 6: Teacher Training and Development

Teacher Standards and Quality of Teacher in the United States, Andrea Hajek, Director, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

To be confirmed, Luo Bin, Director, Beijing Haidian Teacher Training College

Teacher Quality and Administrator Quality for Education, Jim Scheer, State Senator, State of Nebraska

Issues and Challenges of Teacher Development in China, Dr. Zhang Buhe, Director, Teacher Development Research Center, National Institute of Education Sciences

Session 7: China-US Education Cooperation and Innovation

Blurring the Lines and Bending the Rules, Dr. Robert P. Borris, Professor and Vice Dean, Tianjin University

Topic to be confirmed, Wu Jianli, Dean/Professor, International Business College, South China Normal University

Reading Beijing Consensus on China-US Education Research and Development

Closing ceremony