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Comprehensive High School Reform Within a Race to the Top–District Application



Kenneth Eastwood, EdD, Superintendent, Middletown City School District (NY)
Steven Pradere, PhD, RTT-D Transformation Office Director, Carson City School District (NV)
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

The Alliance held a webinar on the second round of the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top–District (RTT-D) competition. This competitive grant program asks applicants to provide a model for reform focused on personalization and creation of a student-centered learning environment that strengthens deeper learning competencies—mastering core academic content, thinking critically, solving complex problems, and communicating effectively. For this webinar, the Alliance used Google “Hangout On Air” technology, showcasing one of the many innovative tools that are now available to educators.

During the webinar, three representatives from school districts that received RTT-D grants discussed how they are using RTT-D funding to advance their reform agenda and personalize learning for their students, particularly for high schools. Panelists discussed their vision for reform, how they were able to capture it within their application, and how they created a plan for implementation. They also discussed the following topics within the context of their RTT-D application:

  • High school reform
  • Competency-based systems
  • Use of time
  • Digital learning
  • Postsecondary transitions

This webinar provides practical help for those in the process of applying for RTT-D—or other efforts to reform the nation’s high schools—regarding how to design, draft, and implement an effective plan for high school reform that embodies these efforts.

Supplemental Materials

Department of Education, Race To The Top District website

Alliance Webinar: Incorporating Deeper Learning and Personalization into a Race to the Top District Application (October 4, 2012)

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