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Vol. 46, No. 54
July 27, 2012

Education Experts to Speak at Statewide Conference

A top international education advisor and a leading education researcher will be the featured speakers at a statewide conference next week expected to attract more than 750 superintendents, principals and other school leaders from throughout Missouri.

The 51st Annual Cooperative Conference for School Administrators, sponsored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, is set for July 29-31 in Columbia.

Andreas Schleicher, a special advisor on education policy with the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), will present the keynote address July 29. Schleicher will discuss international education and the growing need for educators to better prepare students for living and working in a global society.

Education researcher Robert Marzano will speak on July 30 about the evaluation of teachers and administrators. Marzano, cofounder and operator of the Marzano Research Laboratory in Centennial, Colo., is a speaker, trainer and author who has written extensively about instruction, assessment, implementing education standards and effective school leadership.

"We are pleased to have these very knowledgeable speakers at this year's conference," said Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro. "We hope their insights will inform and inspire school leaders from across the state as they prepare for the upcoming school year."

In addition to the featured speakers, the conference will include sessions about Missouri's new model Educator Evaluation System, the Missouri School Improvement Program, the Missouri Comprehensive Data System, early childhood education and other education-related topics.

For more information about the conference, Schleicher and Marzano, visit