8:30 am – 11:00 am EDT Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 124 Washington, DC
Richard Esparza, Principal, Granger High School, Granger, WA
Joe DiMartino, President, Center for Secondary School Redesign, Inc.
Senator Patty Murray (WA)
With low literacy rates, poor performance on national and international assessments, low graduation rates, and high postsecondary remediation rates, it is clear that the majority of older students—particularly low-income and minority students—are not being adequately prepared by America’s secondary schools for college, work, or citizenship.
Yet in schools across the country, innovative leaders are using a number of strategies to beat the odds and keep students enrolled and engaged and graduate them prepared for success. The Alliance provided an informative look at how one low-performing, high-poverty, high-minority school—Granger High School in Washington state—has been transformed to see dramatic increases in student attendance; reading, writing, and math scores; and graduation rates. Principal Richard Esparza shared the secrets of Granger’s success: organizational and instructional changes based on the belief that all children can learn and success happens one student at a time.
The discussion focused on the challenges high school students, parents, and educators confront; policies and practices to overcome those challenges; and implications for the national movement to improve America’s high schools.
I. Welcome and Introduction
IV. Question & Answer