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Hope Street Group Annual Colloquium 2013
March 13, 2013
On March 13, 2013, Hope Street Group convened over 100 national and state policymakers, practitioners, business leaders, innovators, and experts at our 5th annual Colloquium. A special thank you to our sponsors — PG&E, LinkedIn, Cancer Treatment Centers for America, Sg2, and Walmart — and our many individual supporters for allowing this to happen.
The program was introduced by Governor Jack Markell of Delaware, a K-12, early childhood education and workforce development advocate, and by Jairus Cater, a college student and community activist from Tennessee whose own experiences overcoming systematic barriers encouraged participants to engage in a day of hard work in three working groups: Education, Healthcare, and Jobs & Workforce Development.
In the Education working group, the dialogue and ideas focused on how we can meet the needs of educators and students in the following areas:
Providing resources to support and drive a school data culture.
Enabling meaningful professional development to aid in teacher evaluation progress.
Aligning curricula and instructional materials with standards for teaching and learning.
The group decided to focus their next action steps on the two resulting vision principles:
Ensuring the “right” data is used to inform teaching on a daily basis.
Recognizing that professional development should be embedded into school culture.
The Healthcare working group focused on the primary factors that produce a high-cost, low-value healthcare environment and how we can encourage patients to take a more active role as consumers of healthcare. The group highlighted the following priorities:
Reducing overall need for care through improved prevention or wellness initiatives.
Increasing transparency of information for patients on quality, cost and value of care.
Decreasing provider prices for care.
The working group then worked on addressing the following two questions:
How can we better serve the 10 million Americans with multiple chronic conditions?
How can we empower the healthcare market around shared decision-making?
The Jobs & Workforce Development working group sought to develop a policy game plan to create a skills and workforce system to meet 21st century needs and to build a broad coalition. Five key policy areas were explored in detail:
Creating a skills development market aligned to employer needs and job creation.
Strenghtening work-centered learning to prepare students/workers for strong careers.
Developing comprehensive, interconnected data systemsto provide students, workers, institutions, policymakers, and employers with high-quality, timely information.
Funding diverse learning pathways that reward learning and skill achievement.
Incentivizing flexible, responsive workforce governance and funding poliices to allow for greater discretion in the allocation of resources to meet regional labor market needs.
An information luncheon panel on innovation in America followed the morning working group sessions. Moderated by New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman, with panelists Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Cheryl Dorsey, President of Echoing Green, Melissa Lavinson, VP of Federal Affairs at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and Dr. John Noseworthy, President and CEO of Mayo Clinic, it provided an engagin look at how America can innovate to thrive.
The day ended with each working group presenting their consensus on the ideas and action plans for impact to a panel of bipartisan policymakers. While not agreeing on all points proposed, their overall agreement that collaboration and bold innovation is necessary signified that solving these critical challenges goes beyond partisanship, and that the nation needs more “coalitions of the reasonable.