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Upcoming Events and Webinars: Blended Learning, Deeper Learning, and Solutions to the Adolescent Literary Crises

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May 20, 2011 04:48 pm

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Next week, the Alliance is hosting two DC-based events and one webinar. For more details, see below:

How Blended Learning Can Help Turn Around Struggling Schools
Tuesday, May 24
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., ET

Resources for the Future, First Floor Conference Center
1616 P Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Blended learning and the effective use of technology can help turn around struggling schools and improve the graduation and dropout rates while raising student achievement. On May 24, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., ET, the Alliance for Excellent Education is hosting an event to showcase four school districts that demonstrate how digital learning and technology used in a blended-learning environment have played critical roles in turning around their schools.

Blended learning is traditional classroom instruction used in combination with online and personalized learning and the effective use of technology. Representatives from the four school districts will paint a picture of how the lives of their students have improved and how they are better prepared for college and their careers because of the access and opportunities afforded by a blended-learning environment.

Other issues addressed will include how these school districts worked with external partners; timelines for and how to maintain their programs; and how resources were reallocated. District representatives will share data and student outcomes demonstrating tangible results for students. Following their presentations, they will further discuss the implications of blended learning on improving America’s secondary schools.

Click here for a list of speakers and for RSVP information.

A Time for Deeper Learning:Preparing Students for a Changing World
Thursday, May 26, 2011
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., ET

Washington Court Hotel, Springwood Room
525 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Today’s increasingly complex world demands much of its students. Now more than ever, the nation’s education system is being challenged by a technology-driven global economy that requires a skilled and deeply literate workforce. To accomplish this, policy and practice at the federal, state, and local levels need to support deeper learning—the knowledge and skills all students need to succeed in college, the modern workplace, and life.

Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education on Thursday, May 26, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., ET, for the release of its newest policy brief, “A Time for Deeper Learning: Preparing Students for a Changing World.” Panelists and guest presenters will discuss the practice of deeper learning and the federal policy implications of preparing all students for the demands of a rapidly changing global workforce and the economy.

Click here for a list of speakers and for RSVP information.

Engineering Solutions to the National Literacy Crisis
Thursday, May 26, 2011
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, ET

Young adults who lack reading and writing proficiency likely will be relegated to the ranks of unskilled workers in a world where literacy is an absolute precondition for success. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, almost 70 percent of eighth-grade students and 60 percent of twelfth graders fail to read at a proficient level. The consequences for the individual and the costs to the nation are staggering in terms of lost wages and earnings over a lifetime.

Federal and state leaders have begun to take action to dramatically improve the reading and writing skills of students in the United States. The development and adoption of the English language arts common core state standards is a bold first step. With federal support through the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy program, states have put into place literacy teams to begin developing a comprehensive birth—grade twelve literacy development systems aligned to the English language arts common core state standards. Now, Congress can act on legislation—the LEARN Act—newly introduced by Senator Murray that would continue the investment in states’ comprehensive literacy plans.

On Thursday, May 26 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., ET, the Alliance for Excellent Education will host a webinar to discuss the importance of comprehensive literacy plans, the competitive Striving Readers grant program, and the need for improving educator effectiveness. Webinar participants, including Mariana Haynes from the Alliance, Deborah Spitz from the U.S. Department of Education, and Stephanie Hirsh from Learning Forward, will discuss the key levers to scale and sustain literacy improvements as central to reducing the enormous gaps in students’ reading and writing skills and to ensuring students are ready for college and a career.

Click here for a list of speakers and to register.

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