In this webinar, panelists will discuss the Graduation Effect—the impact enjoyed by individuals, families, communities, states, and the nation when young people graduate from high school—and share brand-new data from the Alliance for Excellent Education’s (the Alliance) economic model demonstrating the positive national, state, and metro-level impacts to be had if 90 percent of students graduate from high school.
On March 11, 2015 the Alliance and MDRC held a webinar to discuss recent innovations in high school reform and facilitate a conversation among education leaders about the design of high-impact strategies to keep all students on the path to high school graduation and college and career readiness.
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
New Findings on the Effectiveness and Operation of Small Public High Schools of Choice in New York City Webinar/EventNovember 13, 2013
Cohosted by the Alliance and MDRC, this webinar focused on findings from an MDRC report on “small high schools of choice” and involved a conversation among education leaders about the design and implementation of an effective, large-scale high school reform.
The Economic Impact of Communities In Schools: The Return on Investment from Increased High School Graduation Rates Webinar/EventJune 27, 2012
The Alliance and CIS held a webinar on June 27 on a comprehensive economic study of the positive impact of CIS on reducing dropout rates and increasing high school graduation rates. CIS President Dan Cardinali joined Alliance President Bob Wise to discuss the findings from CIS’s return-on-investment study, conducted by one of the nation’s leading economic modeling firms. The study demonstrates that CIS produces meaningful and social impacts by increasing high school graduation rates and the lifetime benefits for students, businesses, and taxpayers.The panelists discussed the benefits of locally implementing an evidence-based, dropout prevention program that has been effective across states, school settings, grade levels, and student ethnicities. Webinar panelists also addressed questions submitted by viewers across the nation.
Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic Webinar/EventApril 25, 2012
The Alliance for Excellent Education held an in-depth discussion on the data and research presented in a new report, Building a Grad Nation. The Alliance heard from report authors Robert Balfanz of the Everyone Graduates Center and John Bridgeland of Civic Enterprises. Alliance Vice President of Federal Advocacy Phillip Lovell offered federal recommendations and moderate the discussion. Panelists also addressed questions submitted by viewers from across the country.
Expanded Learning Opportunities: A More Comprehensive Approach to Preparing High School Students for College and a Career Webinar/EventDecember 12, 2011
On Monday, December 12 the Alliance for Excellent Education held a webinar that highlighted its new issue brief, “Expanded Learning Opportunities: A More Comprehensive Approach to Preparing High School Students for College and a Career.” The webinar explored how expanding the learning opportunities for high school students can create a range of options for schools and districts as they seek to improve outcomes for students and address the unique barriers that many high school students face that prevent them from graduating ready for college and a career. Distinguished panelists discussed the research and policy context of when, where, how, and from whom students learn; shared insights from innovative initiatives that are implementing “anytime, anyplace” learning to meet the needs of high school students; and addressed questions submitted by webinar viewers from across the country.
The 2009 High School Transcript Study: Are the Nation’s High School Graduates Being Prepared for College and Careers? Webinar/EventApril 20, 2011
Released on April 13 by the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), America’s High School Graduates, the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) High School Transcript Study, finds that the percentage of high school graduates completing a “rigorous” curriculum, which includes higher-level math and science courses, increased from 5 percent in 1990 to 13 percent in 2009. On April 20 the Alliance for Excellent Education hosted a webinar to unpack the findings from the High School Transcript Study and answer these and other questions. The webinar also focused on how the Common Core State Standards Initiative, digital learning, and other education reform initiatives can increase access to and success in rigorous courses while preparing all students for success in college and their careers. Featured speakers included Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, Jack Buckley, commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, and David Driscoll, chair of NAGB and former commissioner of education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The webinar also provided an opportunity for the speakers to address questions submitted by viewers across the country.