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Xavier STEM Pathway


Building a STEM Pathway: Xavier University of Louisiana’s Summer Science Academy

The Alliance for Excellent Education Invites You to Attend a Briefing on Building a STEM Pathway: Xavier University of Louisiana’s Summer Science Academy Thursday, February 19, 2015 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (ET) (Registration opens at 10:30 a.m. Light refreshments will be served.) Gerard and Lilo Leeds Conference and Advocacy Center Alliance for Excellent Education […]

Categories: College & Career Readiness, Equity, STEM

Recent Webinars & Events

What is Future Ready


What Is Future Ready?

On January 27, 2015 the Alliance for Excellent Education kicked off its Future Ready leadership series. Future Ready is a free, bold new effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. The initiative provides districts with resources and support to ensure that local technology and digital learning plans align with instructional best practices, are implemented by highly trained teachers, and lead to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally underserved communities.

Categories: Digital Learning, E-Rate, Future Ready, Teachers & Leaders
Common Core State Standards & Equity


The Common Core State Standards and Equity: Educators Tell Their Stories

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.

Categories: Common Core State Standards, Equity, Teachers & Leaders
Project 24 Webinar Personalized Professional Learning In The Digital Age


Personalized Professional Learning in a Digital Age

On January 8, 2015 the Alliance for Excellent Education hosted a webinar in its Project 24 leadership series. For years, the top-down, one-size-fits-all approach to professional learning has been prevalent in schools across the nation. Educators are often brought into large group rooms and a “sit and get” model of professional learning is utilized. Quite often, educators are left feeling frustrated and districts wonder why there is little evidence of impact in a traditional model. In recent years, the concept of educators being empowered to take charge of their own professional learning has gained momentum.

Categories: Project 24, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Preparation, Teachers & Leaders, Technology
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
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