Real-time collaboration and continuous action
create ideal conditions for future success.
boilerplate image

Recent Webinars & Events

Dysart Panel


Capacity Building Through a Twenty-First-Century Collaborative Network

On December 16, 2014 the Alliance for Excellent Education hosted a webinar in its Project 24 leadership series. Project 24 is a systemic planning framework around the effective use of technology and digital learning to achieve the goal of “career and college readiness” for all students. The Google Hangout explored how the Dysart Unified School District in Arizona built a twenty-first-century collaborative network to support digital learning implementation.

Categories: Arizona, Digital Learning, Digital Learning Series, Gear: Teaching & Professional Learning, Project 24, Teacher Effectiveness, Teachers & Leaders
Jessica Cardichon


Using Data to Improve School Climate and Discipline

On December 9, 2014 the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center hosted a webinar on school discipline and climate data collection. Panelists highlighted strategies to strengthen how data is used to improve school discipline, reduce disparities, create safer and more supportive learning environments, and improve outcomes for all students.

Categories: Discipline, School Climate
Pernille Rip


The Students’ Voice: Empowering Transformation

Are we really listening to the voices of those who go through our educational system or are we excluding them from the debate? Classroom teacher and author, Pernille Ripp, discusses how to empower students, give them a voice, and make changes that will directly affect them every day. The time for student empowerment is now, and the myriad of tech tools available are making it easier than ever.

Categories: Digital Learning, Digital Learning Series, Gear: Teaching & Professional Learning, Project 24, Teachers & Leaders
Webinar Panelists


2014 Election Results: The Impact on Federal Education Policy

On November 10, 2014 the Alliance for Excellent Education and Washington Partners, LLC hosted a webinar on the impact of the 2014 election results on federal education policy. Panelists discussed how the outcomes of the election will affect the structure of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce; the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act; and the Obama administration’s priorities. Panelists also answered questions submitted by viewers across the country.

Categories: Elementary & Secondary Education Act, Federal Education Budget, Federal Education Reform, Federal Legislation


An Educator’s Guide to COPPA: Connecting Students to the Internet

This webinar discusses the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which was passed by the U.S. Congress in 1998 to protect the online privacy of children.

More than fifteen years later, as digital learning constitutes a critical component of education both in and out of school, COPPA has become yet another hurdle between teachers and connecting students to digital learning opportunities. What do educators need to know about this law? How can educators and school administrators successfully navigate COPPA to ensure that students are afforded the full benefits of online and blended learning opportunities? Can teachers provide consent for students to register for online websites? May students who are under thirteen years old even use Web 2.0 resources without running afoul of the law? When do school districts assume the duty of COPPA compliance?

Categories: Data and Privacy, Digital Learning, Digital Learning Series, Education Technology, Federal Legislation, Gear: Data & Assessment, Project 24


Connecting Students to the World through High-Speed Broadband and Improved Technology

Schools are moving rapidly to embrace school models and supportive new technology that are better suited for success in today’s world. When modern technology is available it enables students to have a more individualized education and allows teachers to do their jobs more effectively. Today, learning can take place anywhere and anytime, and offers students new opportunities to succeed in the twenty-first century.

The next generation of teaching and learning requires high-speed broadband so that students in blended, competency-based learning environments can move at their own pace and in the best way for them to best succeed. Improved connectivity to the internet will help those students experience future success.

During this webinar, Tom Vander Ark of Getting Smart and Alliance President Bob Wise will explore issues related to better connecting the nation’s schools to high-speed broadband, the current debate to expand E-Rate, modernizing federal and state policy, and other important initiatives that can improve or enhance learning for every student by providing better access to technology. Panelists will also address questions submitted by viewers from across the country.

Categories: Blended Learning, Digital Learning, E-Rate, Education Technology, Technology


Webinar: Rethinking Accountability to Support College and Career Readiness

Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education for a webinar focused on a broader vision for accountability to support higher and deeper levels of learning for all students and to provide greater flexibility for schools and districts.

Based on a new report, titled Accountability for College and Career Readiness: Developing a New Paradigm, this discussion will concentrate on how states might construct new accountability systems that ensure a high-quality education for all students.

Charmaine Mercer will moderate a conversation with two of the report’s authors, Linda Darling-Hammond and Gene Wilhoit. Using an imaginary “51st state” as the model, the panelists will discuss principles for effective accountability systems, the ways in which these principles might be applied, and places where these principles are already being enacted in some states and communities.

Categories: Accountability, College & Career Readiness


Briefing: Rethinking Accountability to Support College and Career Readiness

Highly effective educators know what deeper learning is; it is rich core content, delivered in engaging ways that allow students to learn and apply their learning and enable them to graduate from high school ready for college, a career, and life. To empower this kind of learning and teaching, systems of accountability that will support and assess deeper learning for every child need to be developed.

A new report, whose authors include Linda Darling-Hammond and Gene Wilhoit, titled Accountability for College and Career Readiness: Developing a New Paradigm, focuses on how states might construct accountability systems that are well-aligned and that assure a high-quality education for all students. Using an imaginary “51st state” as the model, Dr. Darling-Hammond and Mr. Wilhoit will set out some principles for effective accountability systems that are better able to “foster a culture of inquiry and continuous improvement at all levels of the system.”

Categories: Accountability, College & Career Readiness, Deeper Learning


Disruptive Innovations in Education: Classrooms Without Walls

This webinar will explore the concept of “classrooms without walls” and ways to address the needs of the nation’s current learning culture in which a variety of fundamental challenges exist, including the following: Many students understand how to use technology for online game play and social networking, but very few understand how to use the virtual world for learning; Students view much of their schooling as irrelevant, including content, context, and method of learning; Many teaching methods and styles today are text-based, yet what students experience outside of school is almost all digital in nature and therefore, the issue of trans-literacy arises.
This webinar will focus on resolving the disjuncture between in-school and out-of-school learning experiences for students. Michael King, principal of Dodge City Middle School, will reconcile the language of school and youth through the use of disruptive innovations and how disruptive forms of technology have provided ways to create and interact with digital content.

Categories: Blended Learning, Digital Learning, Digital Learning Series, Education Technology, Expanded Learning Opportunities, Gear: Curriculum & Instruction, Project 24


Beyond High School: Efforts to Improve Postsecondary Transitions Through Linked Learning

Evidence suggests that Linked Learning students are more likely than their peers at traditional high schools to graduate and enter postsecondary education. Panelists will describe how Linked Learning strengthens the transition from high school to postsecondary education; highlight findings from studies of Linked Learning implementation sites; and discuss how state and federal policy can support Linked Learning and similar efforts.

Categories: California, Career & Technical Education, College & Career Readiness, Linked Learning
Every Child a Graduate. Every Child Prepared for Life.