9:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT U.S. Capitol Building Washington, DC
At this fourth and final forum for 2005, participants were introduced to the Six Key Strategies for Teachers of English Language Learners, designed for secondary ELL teachers by the New Teacher Center. This tool provides teachers with strategies to improve language development and to enhance reading comprehension and writing skills. Preliminary findings show that the Six Key Strategies have a positive impact on student engagement, literacy skills, and teacher practice. The response discussed the merits of the Six Key Strategies and other promising approaches for ELL students, as well as the major education needs of ELL students and the necessary policy considerations for addressing those needs. Supplemental materials, including audio and video from the event, available…
3:30 am – 12:00 pm EDT J.W. Marriott Washington, DC
Toward A More Literate Nation: Raising The Bar For Reading & Writing Instruction In Middle & High Schools
The symposium considered the challenges involved in bringing such high-quality adolescent literacy instruction to scale. More specifically: what will this mean for secondary school teachers, especially teachers in the content areas? For instance, what kinds of professional development, incentives, and supports will teachers require, and to what extent will that depend upon the specific content area, grade level, or student population? Through what mechanisms (pre-service training, in-service programs, dedicated literacy coaching, school reform models) will teachers learn those skills? And in order to make it possible for such literacy instruction to thrive, what reforms and policy changes must occur at the school, district, state, and federal levels? Supplemental materials, including video from the event, available…
4:30 am – 7:00 am EDT Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Root Room Washington, DC
On September 14, the Alliance for Excellent Education profiled the University Park Campus School (UPCS) in Worcester, Massachusetts, as part of its series of forums looking at successful adolescent literacy programs and ways they are improving our nation’s high schools. Audio and supplemental materials available…
5:00 am – 9:30 am EDT The National Press Club Washington, DC
On August 24, 2005, the Alliance for Excellent Education released the results of a national poll on the American public’s opinion of high schools and their role in educating students for the challenges of the 21st century. View the press release, PowerPoint, and video from the event…
4:30 am – 9:00 am EDT Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC
On July 13, the Alliance hosted the second of four High School Achievement Forums focusing on the Alabama Reading Initiative at Buckhorn High School in New Market, Alabama. The event featured remarks from U.S. Senators Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby and a presentation by Tracy Wilson and Sarah Fanning who are literacy coaches at Buckhorn High School. Event Audio available…
4:30 am – 9:00 am EDT Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Root Room Washington, DC
On June 14, the Alliance hosted the first of four High School Achievement Forums focusing on the Strategic Instruction Model, an adolescent literacy intervention developed by the University of Kansas. View presentation and related materials, as well as video from the event…
4:00 am – 6:00 am EDT Washington, DC
This breakfast featured “RAMP-UP TO MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL LITERACY”, a literacy intervention program for older students. Bonnie Dickinson, Director of Secondary Literacy at America’s Choice, Inc., presented about the research foundation, program design, implementation, and preliminary findings. View PowerPoint presentation.
5:00 am – 9:00 am EDT
The first session in the adolescent literacy interventions breakfast series featured researchers and program developers Laura Robb and Sue Paro who discussed the research foundation and preliminary studies of a new literacy program for older students, Reading Advantage®. This program (from Great Source, a division of Houghton-Mifflin) is designed to help struggling readers who are performing significantly below grade level become successful, strategic readers. Access PowerPoint presentations…
October 13, 2004
4:30 am – 7:00 am EDT Washington, DC
Reading Next is a cutting-edge report that combines the best research currently available with well-crafted strategies for turning that research into practice. Written by five of the nation’s leading researchers, Reading Next charts an immediate route to improving adolescent literacy. The authors outline fifteen key elements of an effective literacy intervention, and call on public and private stakeholders to invest in the literacy of middle and high school students today while simultaneously building the knowledge base around adolescent literacy. The report, as well as reactions to it and video from the release event, are now available for download.
8:00 am – 2:00 pm EDT Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Washington, DC
The Alliance for Excellent Education’s second annual conference on American high school policy, Preparing Today’s Leaders for Tomorrow’s High Schools, was held from October 3-5, 2004 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. View video highlights from the conference, including addresses by William Raspberry, Dr. Anthony Carnevale, Dr. Pedro Noguera, and Virginia Governor Mark Warner.