Date & time

Nov 21, 2016, 4:00-5:30 pm EST


Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium
735 S. State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Free and open to the public. Reception to follow. Join the conversation: #policytalks

Join us for a panel discussion on the future of federal education policy, including the priorities of the new administration and the congressional agenda. Panel will be hosted by former deputy director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and current Ford School Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence James Kvaal

From the panelists' bios

Deborah Loewenberg Ball is the William H. Payne Collegiate Professor of Education at the University of Michigan, an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and the director of TeachingWorks. Ball taught elementary school for more than 15 years, and continues to teach mathematics to elementary students every summer. Ball serves on the National Science Board and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Board of Trustees, chairs the Spencer Foundation Board of Directors, and is the president-elect of the American Educational Research Association. Her research focuses on the work of teaching mathematics in ways that disrupt the reproduction of inequity and that make it possible for young people to enjoy and engage in mathematics in and out of school. She is an expert on teacher education, and her current work centers on how to improve the quality of beginning teaching. She completed eleven years as dean of the U-M School of Education in June 2016

Alex Nock  brings 25 years of experience in Federal education, disability, labor and health policy to Penn Hill Group. During his time in Washington, DC, Nock has been a part of every major piece of Federal education and disability policy legislation. At Penn Hill Group, Nock manages an array of clients across the full spectrum of policy areas. Prior to his position with Penn Hill Group, Nock served as the Democratic deputy staff director for the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor. From 2007–10, Nock oversaw all aspects of the committee’s work on elementary and secondary education, higher education, disability policy, early childhood education, health care, retirement security, workplace safety, mine safety, workforce training and national service. Nock holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Maryland.

David Cleary is the Chief of Staff to United States Senator Lamar Alexander and the Majority Staff Director to the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. David manages the senator’s committee staff and personal office and is the principal advisor on Alexander’s legislative agenda, including education, health care, and fiscal issues. Prior to joining the Alexander team, David worked for the House Education and Workforce Committee for Chairman John Boehner (R-Ohio) on disability policy. David started his career at the U.S. Department of Education, working on elementary and secondary education and special education issues for several years. David, and his wife Marci, have one daughter.

About the moderator

James Kvaal is a Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. As deputy director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, Kvaal oversaw the policy development process on a range of domestic policy issues, including legislation and executive actions to make student loans more affordable, reform K-12 education, raise labor standards for federal contractors, and make two years of college free. In 2012, Kvaal was the policy director on President Obama's reelection campaign. Over the course of his career, he also served in the U.S. Department of Education, the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Clinton White House. He attended Stanford University and Harvard Law School.