On Thursday, February 19, 2015 the Alliance for Excellent Education and Xavier University of Louisiana, a small historically black university, held a discussion about the Xavier Summer Science Academy, a dynamic pre-collegiate program that prepares middle and high school students to enter college and complete a STEM degree program. The academy helps Xavier continue to rank first nationally in the number of African American students who earn STEM degrees and first nationally in the number who go on to complete medical school. Panelists highlighted the rationale, design, and impact of the Xavier Summer Science Academy to address the underlying reasons for the enormous preparation gap between high school and college, particularly among the growing number of minority students.
This webinar focused on the intersection of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and equity. In 2014, the Alliance began documenting—through a series of video monographs—the stories of schools, districts, and states across the country as they implement the CCSS. Specifically, educators shared what they are doing to ensure that struggling secondary students are prepared for college, a career, and life. Their insights from the practitioner level serve as a valuable resource for other schools, districts, and states as they implement the CCSS.
For decades, educators have sought to find better ways to close achievement gaps and better serve students at risk of failing courses or dropping out of high school. Of particular concern are the needs of students who struggle with personal challenges, such as pregnancy, mobility, or homelessness, and those who face academic challenges including credit deficiencies, are English language learners, or have special education needs. Many districts have turned to technology-driven solutions; yet in many cases, these efforts have failed to produce consistent improvements in student outcomes. According to a new report by the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE), research indicates that there are examples of successful approaches to using technology to support at-risk students. SCOPE’s Linda Darling-Hammond, one of the report’s authors, will discuss the findings of the literature review and the three factors for success with at-risk students.
Longstanding concerns remain about students’ access to effective teaching as states gear up to implement rigorous college- and career-ready standards. What policies and practices can redress the unevenness in teaching quality within and among U.S. schools, particularly those serving students of color and low-income students? Panelists will highlight current trends in the teaching workforce, the research on induction programs, and a systems approach to creating supportive teaching and learning conditions. A new Alliance report will be released in conjunction with the webinar—On the Path to Equity: Improving the Effectiveness of Beginning Teachers—that examines research on teacher turnover and performance and the implications for designing induction supports and professional learning as part of a coherent teacher development system. Panelists will also address questions submitted by viewers from across the county.=
There is a growing recognition of the need to improve access and persistence in postsecondary education, particularly for underserved youths. How can that be done? A five-year pilot project, conducted in three cities and funded by the Citi Foundation, produced impressive results. In this webinar, an organizer of the initiative, Maud Abeel, will describe the project and a tool that was created to enable all schools to examine current assets and identify areas that need additional support in order to succeed with all students. A high school principal, Debora Borges-Carrera, and a community partner, Lisa Ciacci, will describe how the collaborative worked in their communities.
Creating a Positive School Climate: Implementing Equitable and Effective School Discipline Practices Webinar/EventNovember 15, 2013
Closing achievement and graduation rate gaps requires comprehensive school reform that includes a focus on a positive school climate that meets and develops the academic, social, and emotional needs of every student. Doing this means addressing the multiple factors that can negatively affect school climate. For example, student discipline policies often keep too many students out of school and away from the classroom, causing them to lose critical learning time. Research repeatedly shows that harsh disciplinary policies disproportionately affect students of color and students with disabilities. Not only are these discipline practices disproportionately applied, and for less serious behavior, they are also an ineffective response to the behavior. There are other practices and policies that have proven to be effective in creating a safe and positive school climate for all students and staff. This webinar will provide data on these disparities and the equitable and effective alternatives of punitive school discipline.
Achievement Gap, College & Career Readiness, Discipline, Disconnected Youth, Dropout Factories, Elementary & Secondary Education Act, Equity, High School Dropout Rates, High School Graduation Rates, High School Reform, School Climate, Secondary School Improvement, Students of Color, Teachers & Leaders
More than two thirds of the states have adopted common grade-level expectations in English language arts and math, making clear what students need to know and be able to do to graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college or the workplace. These new, common standards open up opportunities for collaboration across state lines on common assessments as well as instructional materials. They will also require great care in implementation at the state, district, and school levels. In early August, 2010, the Campaign for High School Equity (CHSE) held a retreat to discuss this movement as well as the promises and challenges that common core state standards present for communities of color who have long advocated for more equitable education opportunities and outcomes. On August 23, the Campaign for High School Equity, the Alliance for Excellent Education, and the other CHSE partners continued to build on this retreat by (1) helping ensure that advocates across the country are aware of this movement, (2) helping to bring the community together to think about this issue, and (3) beginning to prioritize issues for implementation of the common core state standards.
First Annual American High School Policy Conference Webinar/EventNovember 17, 2003
On Nov. 17 and 18, 2003, the Alliance for Excellent Education held its first annual invitation conference on the American high school to discuss some of the most difficult challenges facing the nation's secondary schools: literacy, adequacy, and equity. The conference brought together congressional staff, key decision-makers from the administration, policymakers, and other leaders from the education community to think about ways to assure that every American child has the opportunity to graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills needed for a successful transition into college or a rewarding job.The first day of the conference focused on the adolescent literacy challenge that confronts high schools and the role of the literacy coach in meeting this challenge. On the second day, participants examined the adequacy and equity debate surrounding education funding and the shared responsibility that local, state, and federal governments have in resolving funding differences between school districts.Go to the Alliance's 2003 American High School Policy Conference Index Page for reports, PowerPoint presentations, and other documents that were released at the conference.