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Alliance for Excellent Education Selects Presenters for 2008-09 High School Achievement Forum Series

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Alliance for Excellent Education Selects Presenters for 2008-09 High School Achievement Forum Series

The Alliance for Excellent Education has selected six presentations for its upcoming High School Achievement Forum series, which will take place over a twelve-month period beginning in the fall of 2008. The presentations, chosen from open-call proposals, best represent the series’ theme, “Preparing All Students for College and Work,” and reflect a variety of strategies to improve the nation’s secondary schools.

“The High School Achievement Forum series demonstrates that, while there is a crisis in many of America’s high schools, there are solutions,” says Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia. “The Alliance has identified successful, replicable programs that are improving student outcomes and the quality of education. It is our hope with this series that policymakers and the public will understand that change is possible and will be inspired to support meaningful high school reform.”

The selected presentations are:

– An overview of the Stanford University School Redesign Network and a presentation on its implementation by American Institutes of Research. Additionally, principals from Construction Tech Academy in San Diego and the School for International Business of the San Diego School District will speak on their experiences implementing this model in their respective schools.

– Communities in Schools on its signature initiative, Performance Learning Centers, which are small, nontraditional high schools designed for students who have not experienced success in traditional high schools.

– An exploration of collaborations between school districts and colleges through the examination of the Gates Foundation’s Early College High School Initiative and by taking a look at Gateway to College, a promising model for dropout recovery that creates partnerships between school districts and community colleges.

– Cumulative Effect on recruiting and training math teachers in low-performing schools in Guilford County, North Carolina.

– An exploration of state-level Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Career and Technical Education (CTE) initiatives by presenters from the National Association of State Directors and Project Lead the Way, a national organization that promotes pre-engineering and biomedical science courses for middle and high school students.

– Research presented by the University of Minnesota and the University of Connecticut on the development and implementation of two dropout prevention programs that could be especially effective keeping special education students in school: Check & Connect, an empirically validated model, and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS), a research-based intervention.


Exact dates, times, and locations for each session will be announced.

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The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington-based policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to make every child a graduate, prepared for postsecondary education and success in life.

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