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Excellence in Education Conference

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Dear Friend:

You are invited to participate in the Thomas Jefferson Institute’s Second annual “Excellence in Education” Conference, to take place on the afternoon of Friday, December 5, at the Sheraton Premiere at Tyson’s Comer.

This year’s conference offers an opportunity to leam more about two issues in the news and of importance to the future of Virginia’s children.

Throughout the country, charter schools have offered opportunity to at-risk children who have been unsuccessful in their traditional public schools. More than 684,000 children attend nearly 2700 charters, yet here in Virginia less than 10 schools have formed. The myths surrounding charter schools have often inhibited charter school formation, yet the reality is that charters have often succeeded where a traditional school venue has not.

Our conference offers you an opportunity to hear from, and speak with, Mark Cannon, Executive Director of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers – an association of local and state School Boards, colleges and universities who work to ensure that charter schools are successful in their mission of educating children.

Mr. Cannon’s remarks will be followed by a presentation by Dr. Reid Lyon, Chief of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development… a man often referred to as President George W. Bush’s “Reading Czar.” Lyon brings 40 years of reading research to the table, trying to instill scientific method into reading instmction instead of allowing personal philosophy to guide the debate – an important goal when one-third of high poverty students have difficulty learning to read.

We hope you will be able to join us for these important sessions. There is no charge or fee involved. If you plan to attend, please complete and mail back the form below, or email me at: so we can make arrangements for your attendance.


Christian N. Braunlich Vice President

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“Excellence in Education” at the Sheraton Premiere Tysons Comer. Please reserve me a space.


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“Excellence in Education”

Friday, December 5, 2003

3:00 -5:00 P.M.

At The

Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner

8661 Leesburg Pike Vienna, Virginia 22182



3:00 pm “Myths and Realities of Charter Schools”

Mark Cannon

Executive Directory National Association of Charter School Authorizes Although nearly 2700 charter schools serve more than 684,000 students in the United States, these public schools remain rare in Virginia. Learn about the myths and realities of charter school effectiveness from the man responsible for promoting the establishment and operation of quality charter schools and assisting authorizes in ensuring responsible oversight. Mark Cannon has more than 15 years of experience, including service as deputy executive director of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and founding executive of the Coalition for Student Loan Reform. If you’re interested in seeing the expansion of charter schools that work in Virginia, this is a “don’t miss” session.

4:00 pm “What Works: Teaching Children to Read”

Dr. Reid Lyon

Chiefy National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Building on 40 years of research, Dr. Reid Lyon is trying to instill scientific method into reading instruction, instead of allowing philosophy to guide the debate. For while most children learn to read easily or with minimal help, approximately one-third of children have difficulty learning the important skills that come with direct phonics instruction. Often referred to as President George W. Bush’s “Reading Czar,” Lyon oversees 44 research sites that are studying more than 34,000 children and 1,100 teachers.

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