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Branding Your School: Effectively Communicating Your School’s Story to the Community (Project 24 Digital Leadership Series)

This Google Hangout will explore why branding schools is important; discuss the benefits of branding a school; and provide leaders with an action plan for branding. Branding is a way for leaders to make students’ learning visible to the entire education community in order to share best practices, celebrate achievements, and make sure that the education community is focused on the most important person: the student.

Categories: Digital Learning Series, Gear: Academic Supports, Project 24, Teachers & Leaders, Technology
computer lab via woodleywonderworks on Flickr


A New Era: The Consortia Assessments Go Live

After four years of development and extensive field testing involving thousands of educators and testing experts, the new assessments that measure student performance against the Common Core State Standards go live this year. Millions of students will take the tests, developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. What will these assessments look like? What did the consortia learn from the field tests? How will the consortia continue in the future?

Categories: Assessment Webinar Series, Assessments, Common Core State Standards


Advancing a Research Agenda for “Hard-to-Measure” 21st Century Competencies

You are cordially invited to a special webinar hosted by the Alliance for the Hewlett Foundation as a follow-up to the February 3, 2014 White House Workshop on “Hard-to-Measure” 21st Century Competencies, which was hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Participants for the webinar include Marc Chun of the Hewlett […]

Categories: Deeper Learning


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


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, Literacy, Project 24


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


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

This webinar will focus on 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

Recent Webinars & Events

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Linked Learning: Using Learning Time Creatively to Prepare Students for College and a Career

California recently made significant strides in promoting a college- and career-ready agenda through a $250 million investment that encourages regional partnerships among K–12 schools, higher education institutions, and businesses to implement promising strategies for creating a well-equipped twenty-first-century workforce, and the state is poised to double that investment. Much of this work is spearheaded through Linked Learning, which is an approach to education that transforms the traditional high school experience by blending core academic content with career-based learning in the classroom and real-world workplace experiences. This approach benefits from additional time for effective implementation of its strategies.

Categories: California, College & Career Readiness, Expanded Learning Opportunities, Linked Learning
Time and Learning Technology


Leading with a Vision: Using Time Differently to Provide New and Better Student Learning Experiences

Schools and school systems throughout the country have been creating innovative models to transform the learning experience for young people, particularly those who have been poorly served by the education system. While these innovations differ in important ways, they share at least one element in common: a commitment to rethinking the use of time.

In putting these new models into place, their architects recognized that the traditional seven-hour day and nine-month structure of schools impeded their ability to develop stronger learning environments. In response, they restructured the clock and calendar to provide more and better learning time for students. By doing so, these innovative educators are achieving their goal of enhancing the learning environment for all young people. Panelists will discuss how technology has supported increasing the amount of time students are engaged inside and outside of the classroom. Panelists will also address questions submitted by viewers from across the country.

Categories: California, Colorado, Digital Learning, Education Technology, Expanded Learning Opportunities, Gear: Use of Time, Kentucky, Linked Learning, Technology, Virginia
senior high school teacher teaching in classroom


Creating a Positive School Climate: Supporting Great Teaching

Closing achievement and high school graduation rate gaps requires comprehensive school reform that includes a positive school climate that meets and develops the academic, social, and emotional needs of every student. Teachers are a vital part in creating a school climate that meets these needs and prepares students for college and a career.

According to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, schools with the largest populations of students of color are twice as likely as schools with smallest populations of students of color to employ teachers who have only one to two years of classroom teaching experience. In addition, numerous studies indicate that students of color, students with disabilities, and students from low-income families have less access to teachers with the proper credentials and subject-area expertise.

Categories: Achievement Gap, California, School Climate, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Preparation, Teacher Quality, Teachers & Leaders


Redesigning Learning Spaces: Creating Brain-Friendly, Blended Learning Environments (Project 24 Digital Leadership Series)

This Google Hangout will explore how classroom spaces can be transformed into brain-friendly digital learning environments. As founders of, Erin Klein, Benjamin Gilpin, and A. J. Juliani will discuss how the learning environment, including physical spaces, plays a key role in how students learn and how creating a digital environment in such a space can transform the learning process as a whole.

If you are often debating between colors, themes, desk/table set up, and wondering how to design your learning space so it best supports all of your students, this webinar is for you. It will provide information and real school examples to assist in redesigning a classroom into one that considers brain research, gender, and digital impacts on learning. As an administrator, this webinar will provide concrete examples of how the learning environment impacts student learning and how a classroom or building makeover may just be what is needed to take student achievement to the next level.

Categories: Blended Learning, Digital Learning, Digital Learning Series, Education Technology, Gear: Budget & Resources, Gear: Curriculum & Instruction, Gear: Infrastructure & Technology, Gear: Teaching & Professional Learning, Project 24, School Climate, Technology
Time and Learning Technology


Breaking Down Learning Barriers Through the Better Use of Time

Across the nation, states are proposing changes to the time dynamic in education to take advantage of the opportunities available in today’s modern technology driven world. The proposals to reimagine time include changing school calendars; providing more anywhere, anytime opportunities for students to learn outside of school; and transitioning to competency-based learning, which allows students who excel to advance only when they have mastered a subject and those who struggle to work on a unit or subject at their own pace and move on when they have mastered it. Under such a system, students become masters of their learning instead of being constrained by time restrictions.

This webinar will explore what states are doing related to time and competency-based learning, including an update on West Virginia’s efforts to reimagine time through their ground-breaking strategic planning effort to personalize learning for all of their students.

Categories: Digital Learning, Expanded Learning Opportunities, Gear: Use of Time, Project 24, West Virginia


Three Factors for Success in Using Technology to Support At-Risk Students

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.

Categories: Achievement Gap, Blended Learning, Digital Learning, Disconnected Youth, Education Technology, Equity, Students of Color


Deeper Learning: How Eight Innovative Schools Are Transforming Teaching and Learning

Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education for a webinar to discuss a new book that explores how schools are transforming teaching and learning to enable all students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they need for the twenty-first century. Deeper Learning: How Eight Innovative Schools Are Transforming Education for the Twenty-First Century (The New Press, 2014), written by Monica Martinez and Dennis McGrath, examines school practices that support the development of deep content knowledge, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, and academic mindsets.

Categories: Deeper Learning, Secondary School Improvement


West Virginia: First State to Implement Project 24 at the State Level to Personalize Learning for All Students

In 2013, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced that the state would be the first in the nation to undertake Project 24 (P24) as a statewide effort to personalize learning for all students. P24 is a ground-breaking initiative led by the Alliance to help states and school districts plan for and effectively use technology and digital learning to ensure that students graduate from high school ready for college and a career. The Alliance is working with West Virginia to assist in their efforts. All fifty-five West Virginia county school districts and two districts run by the state completed the P24 self-assessment, which provides important information to help in the P24 planning efforts.

Categories: Project 24, West Virginia


Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times (Project 24 Digital Leadership Series)

Digital leadership is a strategic mindset and set of behaviors that leverages resources to create a meaningful, transparent, and engaging school culture. It takes into account recent technology innovations, such as ubiquitous connectivity, open-source technology, mobile devices, and personalization to dramatically shift how schools are run and structured to achieve college and career readiness in today’s competitive global economy. Digital leadership in education becomes exponentially powerful when using technology to its fullest.

Categories: Digital Learning, Digital Learning Series, Gear: Academic Supports, Gear: Teaching & Professional Learning, Project 24, School Climate, Teachers & Leaders, Technology


Webinar: Improving the Effectiveness of Beginning Teachers

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.=

Categories: Equity, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluations, Teacher Preparation, Teacher Quality
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